You Saw Me Standing Alone is the compelling story of Alex Williams, one of Manchester City’s most loyal servants

The evocative title of his autobiography, borrowed from a famous song by the club’s fans, depicts his lonely battle against racists who targeted one of the game’s first modern-day black goalkeepers.

Alex courageously reached the top before an injury he kept secret from team-mates ended his playing career in 1987 at the age of 25.  

As a champion of the community, he inspired back street kids like him to turn their lives around through City’s pioneering charity programme.

Alex retired from his full-time role as ambassador at City in the Community (CITC) in August 2023, after 33 years with the charity.

One of his last moves was to present the Premier League trophy to Ilkay Gundogan in May 2023, the first leg of the club’s famous treble. Alex gives a unique personal insight into that epic last month of a historic season.

As a player, goalkeeping coach and community organiser he touched the lives of many, including …

–  Noel Gallagher, a wannabe musician and teenage City fan when he first met Alex in their local park.

–  Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham whose first experience of racism in society was an incident involving Alex!

Former team-mates Paul Power and Paul Simpson make frank dressing room admissions and did you know that Alex coached four international goalkeepers?

Part of proceeds will be donated to City in the Community.

Two of them reveal their involvement with Alex, while there are dozens of other tributes from those whose lives were influenced by one of football’s best-loved personalities.

Buy You Saw Me Standing Alone HERE now for £15.  

For further information call Andy Buckley on 07712 490497 or email

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