Stan Collymore is remembered as being one of Footballs bad boys. He has now retired from professional football. He was an extremely successful Striker.
Born January 22, 1971 in Stone in Staffordshire.
He joined Walsall in 1989 but the club later canceled his Y.T.S contract. In July 1989 Wolves agreed to complete his trainee term but despite scoring 18 goals from 20 games for their youth team he was released. He started to make his name with Vauxhall Conference side Stafford Rangers when Steve Coppell signed him for Crystal Palace. His appearances in the Palace first team were infrequent as a result of the Chris Armstrong occupying his favoured striking position. So Southend United bought him 150,000 Pounds in October 1992.
Collymore was suddenly a bigger fish in a smaller pool and his 18 goals in 33 games at Roots Hall won him a big money move to Nottingham Forest. Brian Clough had seemed set to take him after selling Teddy Sheringham but had baulked at Southend’s 2,000,000 Pounds asking price. It was new manager Frank Clark who signed him in July 1993 for Forest’s then-record 2,200,000 Pounds fee.
Scoring 19 goals in 28 League games really helped Forest’s return to the top flight. He then proved that he could produce at the highest level by again top-scoring with 25 goals (22 League) including 10 in the last two months to help the club to third place in the Premiership and a return to European competition.
Alex Ferguson failed in a bid to sign him just prior to signing Andy Cole. In April, Aston Villa also met with a rejection after offering 5,000,000 Pounds but, in the same month, he received his first England call-up for squad training. He won his first England cap in June 1995 against Japan but was substituted after a disappointing performance.
He also came on as a late substitute against Brazil. He left the City Ground for a British record 8,500,000 Pounds in July to move to Liverpool. He scored a notable winner on his League debut against Sheffield Wednesday but the next three months brought only one more goal and he was replaced by Robbie Fowler. An interview given to a football magazine in which he criticised the club and manager Roy Evans led to him making a humiliating apology.
Stans ability to get himself into trouble, has ultimately and overshadowed his footballing talent and probably damaged his reputation as a player
However Stan formed a formidable partnership with Robbie Fowler and ended up scoring 14 Premiership goals in his first season. Collymore was unlucky not to make the England squad for Euro 96. The 1996-97 season saw more off-field rows with Roy Evans, and injuries restricted his appearances to 25 in the Premiership. However he still scored 12 premiership goals in a seasons tally of 16.
Brian Little-Aston Villa Manager expressed his admiration for Stan who was a Villa supporter as a boy. Liverpool’s failure to win the Premiership enabled Little to get his man, and 7 million Pounds tempted Liverpool into parting company with their record signing. But after only a few months Stan was hell raising again, the media loved his drink fueled outbursts and his rocky relationships with female TV personalities. Villa had had enough and Stan was bought by Leicester City. Stan finished his career with brief periods at Bradford City and Spanish club Ovieda.
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