Updated: Monday, 24th September 2018 @ 5:48am

Don't look back in anger: Dream win to play alongside Manchester City stars ended in disaster for lifelong fan

Don't look back in anger: Dream win to play alongside Manchester City stars ended in disaster for lifelong fan

By Henry Vaughan

The moment a chance to play alongside Manchester City’s title-winning players went horribly wrong will soon be vanquished by a lifelong Blues fan.

Liam Fahey, 28, of Northwich, Cheshire won a dream competition to play with his heroes at the club’s state-of-the-art Carrington Training Centre in May.

But his boyhood fantasy soon turned sour when he ruptured his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) jumping for an unchallenged cross, just seconds into the game.

Mr Fahey said: “Having been fortunate enough not to be injured seriously in the past, I immediately knew something was badly wrong. All I could think was ‘not today!’ But my day was over.”

Mr Fahey, who has ‘MCFC’ tattooed on his upper arm and has been going to games regularly since his childhood, was forced to the side lines to watch Gael Clichy, Nigel de Jong and the other competition winners play out the match.

NEW SIGNING: It all started well for competition winner Liam Fahey before injury

“It was quite tough being left to sit in pain, not able to join in and being concerned about what damage I had actually done - never mind missing out on the experience,” he said.

The nightmare injury has meant that Mr Fahey could not work in his job as an ecologist for most of the year.

Unlike his millionaire idols, whose value ensures they receive the best treatment money can buy, Mr Fahey was forced to wait months on the NHS waiting list for the procedure that was twice postponed.

Mr Fahey explained: “Being self-employed in an active profession meant that it was a difficult summer. The uncertainty, hospital visits and waiting have made for quite a forgettable year.”

RUPTURED LIGAMENT: Lifelong fan sent to sidelines to watch dream slip by

Now the City season ticket holder has been successfully operated on at Warrington General Hospital he is feeling positive about the future, though it may be a while before he’s back on the football pitch.

He said: “The waiting is over and done with now, the situation is much more in my hands. I’ve just got to focus on getting the knee right during rehab so I can get back to normal ways, fit for work and try to take some positives from it - and get back to the Etihad stadium to watch City!”

A Manchester City Football Club spokesperson said: “We wish him all the best and hope he has a speedy recovery.”

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