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Stan: Tackling My Demons Paperback – 8 Apr 2011
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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
The searingly honest and at times harrowing autobiography of the former Liverpool, Aston Villa and England striker. Exposes the dark and often seedy world hidden behind the glamorous facade of professional football. 'I was a mess. I couldn't get out of bed. I couldn't structure my day properly. I couldn't face having a shower or getting dressed. Those all seemed like major events I didn't want to confront.' Once the most charismatic and expensive player in the new Premiership flooded with cash, Stan Collymore had, by the age of 28, booked himself into The Priory to treat his depression, close to self-destruction and unable to get his head round playing at all. Along the way, he had been the goalscorer nobody wanted to congratulate, the centre-forward no one knew how to manage, a deeply reluctant star in a tabloid culture that saw him make the front pages as often as the back, and that waited for him to crack up or lash out. When he eventually did, it was, infamously, inevitably, at his then celebrity girlfriend, Ulrika Jonsson.But then retired from football in 2001 and finding himself in the commentary box, he proved he did care about the game, rather too much perhaps, sounding like a fan as much as an ex-player -- and at a stroke he had more in common with the rest of the nation. He knew it was all so much more than a game, and what happened on the field was only a reflection of what was going on inside players' heads. The contradictions remain. A man, who had a steady stream of celebrity women falling at his feet, shamed by his voyeurism in a Cannock car park; a star with everything who was once discovered by his wife tightening a belt around his neck; a loving dad of two whose own father walked out of the marital home and who Collymore continues to blot from his memory to this day; a footballer who abstains from drugs, yet who needs therapy at Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous; the loner slated for his aloofness who found critical acclaim as a football pundit on national prime-time radio. This is Stan Collymore's own life story, the real person on his flawed character and personal demons, telling it like you have never seen before -- raw and uncut. See all Product description
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In the book, the mother seems a saint. And Ulrika is all over the place, s***...
The other women are almost shadow characters, the family life with them not mentioned.
Being depressed has nothing to do with the childhood (or the dad), it is more to do with the sense of worthlessness: except football what else to do? It is not easy to sleep all day!!!
Good read, much different from the Thierry Henry story.
And suddenly the book is finished.
Needs to be continued.... Therefore 3 stars.
I do accept though the points he makes about some people's double standards and hypocrisy that surrounds them as this is valid.
I suspect he has grown up a bit now and if he wrote another one now it probably would. It be so tunnelled.
I bought this book about 4 years ago and have read it about 5 times. Stan is witty and actually quite intelligent, not at all your typical empty vapid football player.
This book is a gooden. A tell all and compelling. You learn about his childhood, his battle with depression, his ups his downs, his life as a football player, the money, the women, the scandal.
Truth be told I only bought this book to find out the ins and outs of the infamous tempestuous love affair with Ms Jonsson. The reason for that was because I myself was in the midst of a passionate and fiery relationship and wanted to read from a mans point of view the reasons as to what made his relationship with Ulrika so volatile and intense.
My heart hurts for him when reading the diary sections of the book where he was writing page after page on Ulrika. He was pining for her endlessly and I really felt his pain.
Even though I found Stan to be quite honest and open with his thoughts and feelings, I can't help but feel that he still couldn't accept responsibility for his actions, it always seemed to be someone else's fault. Many years have passed since all the scandal and since this book was written. I hope that in this time Stan has learned from his mistakes and realised he himself was responsible for his own downfall. I hope he has conquered his demons and found happiness. Everyone deserves to be happy.
A lot of Stan's behaviour, in my opinion, is Stan just being who he is - there's only so much he can blame on his illness.
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