If you haven't already purchased Paul Lake's book, "I'm Not Really Here", then do so - it's a cracker.
In the first part release of this interview, shot in one of the platinum boxes at the Etihad stadium, MCFCfans explores the Madchester scene in more detail and sets the scene of the injury that was to dominate the rest of his life.
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A perfect storm for a perfect player
Sports journalists are clamouring for a copy of Paul Lake’s new book, “I’m Not Really Here,” and on turning the last page we can understand why. Paul Lake made his first team debut for Manchester City in January 1987, having played in City’s FA Youth Cup winning side of 1986. His signature was chased by no less than Alex Ferguson, Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness, and George Graham, and he was hailed as a future England captain by the late Bobby Robson. He then went on to suffer from a catalogue of misfortune with knee injuries and woeful medical support that can at best be described as lazy and at worst negligent. Universally liked in the football industry, Paul Lake is set to release his memoirs, excellently co-written by his wife Jo, of a deeply moving and inspiring account of a man taken to the brink as he faces losing the game he loves.
MCFCfans is to publish a series of articles in the lead up to the release of the book on 4th August 2011 by Century (part of The Random House Group).
Book signings planned City Store (Etihad Stadium) 25th August and City Store (Arndale) 26th August