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Not your usual football biography, not an unusual story.
on 4 February 2000
Okay, admire the man, he's got bottle, he's sensitive, he's a fantastic defender, but, his story is still no different to every other alcoholics. He lives his life for a while not caring about anything or anyone else, staring out at a destorted world from the inside of a pint glass. Thinking only of the next drink and where it's going to come from.
Okay, so he still managed to cover it over and appear the standard professional footballer and still perform on the pitch.
People battle with alcoholism every day. The solicitor who has to battle his demons every day to stand up in court and put across a coherent argument whilst thinking all the time about his next drink. The single mother of three kids who has to feed, clothe and work for her children while hiding bottles in plant pots from the visiting social worker and her relatives.
As I said, not an unusual story, but at times you do feel for the bloke, he was in a mess, and sometimes he does go overboard and it feels like he really wants you to feel sorry for him. But he also had the money, and the backing of Arsenal football club to help him get over his addiction.
All in all a good football biography, not a classic book by a long way.