Wolverhampton Literature Festival: Wolves star Carl Ikeme meets fans

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The former gold and black hero wrote the book Why Not Me? as a detailed account of his life on and off the pitch – and how he dealt with his leukaemia diagnosis.

Club doctor Matt Perry broke the news to Carl back in 2017, with the shot-stopper being in “complete remission” a year later after a gruelling battle.

And now, as part of Wolverhampton’s fourth Literature Festival, he has shared his thoughts on the team and what it means to be included in the city-wide event.

“I’m not too sure about that,” the 33-year-old said when asked his thoughts on being a star attraction.

“But it’s nice to be a part of it, it’s not something I would have ever thought I would be a part of.

“It’s nice to be be invited to take part, to do this signing, and I’ve really enjoyed it – it’s nice to meet people.

“You’re always a little worried whether people are actually going to turn up or not.

“But it’s always nice to have a few conversations, see what people are up to.”

A long line of people queued to meet Carl during his appearance at the city’s Waterstones – with people taking selfies and photographs.

The goalkeeper was also joined by former head of Wolves’ media Paul Berry, who he co-wrote the book with.

Carl also turned his hand to predicting the scoreline for tomorrow’s match against Manchester United.

“I’ve said one-nil to Wolves – the lads are doing really well and it’s always a tough game at United, but I’m always confident we can do it against any team,” he added.

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