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This is a football autobiography with an exciting and refreshing difference.
It smashes the mould of the typical sports book.

Mike Yates tells his own compelling real life story of what it is like to be one of the many thousands of young players who pass through the academy system, get very close to the first team and believe that they are about to make it, only to suddenly find themselves rejected.

  • What was it like to play alongside a young Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen and be immersed in the world of professional football with a squad of Liverpool Legends?
  • How can players prepare themselves mentally for both success and failure?
  • How can a devastating setback be turned into a successful future?
  • How can the game improve the development of young players as people?

This fascinating book examines all of these issues and many more in an enjoyable
and easy-to-read style.

Available from Official Liverpool FC Stores and online at

  • Thought provoking foreword written by Jamie Carragher
  • Fascinating insights into the game provided by interviews with Jamie Carragher and his dad Philly, Ian Rush, Jamie Redknapp, John Barnes, Jason McAteer, Frank McParland, Steve Heighway, Hughie McAuley, Jimmy Melia, Clarke Carlisle, Gareth Southgate, Gordon Taylor, Dave McDonough, Paul Dalglish, Tom Culshaw, and more ….
  • Full colour photos throughout the book, including rare images of Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen as young players.
  • Hard cover, 320 pages, 9” x 6”
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  • "Mike Yates’ story paints a very honest picture of the realities of being released, but it also shows how he turned his setback into an enjoyable career and a happy life."
    Jamie Carragher
  • "Yatesy’s true story gives an entertaining insider’s view of the life of a young footballer and it does a great job of describing the many ups and the downs of the game."
    Steven Gerrard
  • "I am very happy to recommend this book to all aspiring footballers as a lesson that, even if you don’t reach the top, you can achieve success in life."
    Gordon Taylor OBE


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