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
About the Author
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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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.Read more ›
In the end you can't help a wishing him through his trials and tribualations.
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.
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Decent account of a guy who rose to the top in football after a up and down start,he has a lot of health problems which obviously accounted for some of his actions,but he could of... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
good read he was a very good player when he was on his game but that wasn't very often a good read but toward the end lost it a bit ,Published 13 months ago by jim golden
A good read, an obviously intelligent chap, but very mixed up and contrary. Quick to slate everyone who has ever (in his opinion) wronged or hurt him - but equally dismissive of... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ian Bidder