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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Willow; First Edition edition (4 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000719806X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007198061
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 425,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Once out of the game he had long seemed anxious to escape, Collymore became singularly placed to articulate some of the madness that attends it.’ Observer

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Stan Collymore was born in Stone, Staffordshire in January 1971. He has played professional football for Crystal Palace, Southend, Nottingham Forest, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Fulham, Leicester and Bradford City, and won three England caps in the nineties. He retired from the game in 2001 and was until recently an expert football summariser on Radio 5 Live.

Oliver Holt has been Chief Sports Writer at The Mirror since April 2002. He is one of the most talented and respected of the younger breed of sportswriters covering the game, his former Editor Piers Morgan saying of him: ‘We're delighted to have the real number one on board’.


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Still on 22 July 2007
Format: Paperback
I'm not a football fan, I don't like autobiographies, and anything connected with 'celebrity' culture leaves me cold. Nonetheless, I'd read an interview with Stan Collymore in which he talked very openly about his struggle with clinical depression and the role that 'dogging' played in that. Contrary to the image constructed of him in the tabloids, he came across as someone with depth and intelligence, and the courage to articulate uncomfortable truths about himself. So when recently I wanted a change from my usual diet of textbooks and middlebrow fiction, I decided to buy the full story.

Every time I had to put it down, I couldn't wait to pick it up again. Stan expands on many of the stories that we think we know about because we happened to scan the tabloid headlines as we leave the newsagent's shop. It left me realising that my own critical distance and cynicism about the tabloids is not nearly enough.

He holds your interest. However disinterested you might be in the world of celebrity and football, the real story here is of a person who could be you or me struggling with crippling depression, made all the worse because those around him failed to believe or understand how someone with his money and success could be depressed. In fact, he would probably have got more support and understanding if he'd said he was gay - at least the tabloids have to be more careful about taunting people about that these days.

As an aside, one of the people who comes out of this story as an angel is Davina McCall. At many of Stan's lowest points, Davina is on the end of a phone with life-saving sanity and support, and is just another example of someone who deserves more dignity than the tabloids have given her.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Dec. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Got this book christmas day, had it done by boxing day. Best autobiography Ive read and Ive read tons. Makes you wonder why Michael Owen had released a book,what story has he got to tell?Ooo couple of goals here and there,anythin significant?Collymores story is very sad however very warming,on what was a fantastic footballer but was sadly worn out by personal problems.Also learn what a set of looneys,and how shocking the media behave in todays society.This story confirms Collymore is not a monster,disgrace of society - just an ill man who was superb at the sport loves, trying his best to recover. Read it,nuff said.Well in Stan the Man.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Bridgeman-clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Oct. 2004
Format: Hardcover
I read the book initially with intrepidation. I was worried that this was the book to set the story straight - or rather for Stan Collymore to say "I am not to blame". However, what the book does tell the reader is that Stanley Collymore doesn't apportion blame on his well publised downfall from grace, but fairly and squarely he puts the onus on himself. The book is hard hitting as well as very honest. It covers the highs of his career at Southend United,Nottingham Forest & Liverpool with the lows at Aston Villa and Real Oviedo. It portrays the backstabbing in the game from his agent to his managers to racist players. It throws the light on the football managers who praised him and appreciated his unique skill but who couldn't handle him in Peter Taylor and John Gregory. It also give a direct and humbling account of how his love for Ulrika Jonnson was misplaced and how he manages to hurt those closest to him. It gives Stans personal insight into the Ulrika incident and you come away feeling Stan Collymore, though sinned was sinned against more. Its a cracking read and I finished it in three sessions. I have read a few football biographies and autobiographies over the past 12 months including ones on Jimmy Greaves and Bobby Moore, the difference between them is that this book doesn't try to put the author is a better light then he deserves. Well done Stanley Victor Collymore - I hope that you can lay your demons to rest.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. W. Miller VINE VOICE on 14 Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
Stan Collymore has written a very readable book albeit riddled with foul language. Being a very smart fellow he has used it not only to tell us about his life in and around football but to justify some horrid behaviour and contempt for women.
It is interesting to hear in some detail about the players and managers that he has encountered along the way. His attitude to conventional disciplines within the business of football appears to have ensured that he underachieved. All the stories about the football career are interesting and refreshingly honest. In fact probably the most open football book I have read. Unfortunately he also felt obliged to name various female personalities that he has "experienced". In unnecessarily describing the sexual side of some of those relationships he does them a disservice and treats us as fellow voyeurs. In so doing he must know full well that he may be spoiling their reputations and/or future relationships with other people. He didn't need to do that for me.
In this book he mentions the white van man culture with some disdain and yet today we find him broadcasting on its chosen channel Talksport. So there are many conflicts going on here. Will the real Stan Collymore stand up?

Stan is an intelligent man and understands football and himself very well. Now that he has got this book off his chest I think he probably has a really important sequel inside him. I look forward to it.
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