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Re: The Misunderstanding of Stan Collymore
« Reply #15 on: April 05, 2021, 09:40:07 AM »
Excellent article.

I was at Filbert St that warm August Saturday when he made his debut, a dream front 3 of Stan, Dwight and Savo, it just never happened.

I think Brian Little has to take some of the blame for that.  Having signed him, I think he felt that he had to play all three to justify having them there.  They never gelled.

If you read Dwight Yorke's book, it's clear he had lttle time for Stan.  Same with Ian Taylor

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Re: The Misunderstanding of Stan Collymore
« Reply #16 on: April 05, 2021, 12:35:24 PM »
Excellent article.

I was at Filbert St that warm August Saturday when he made his debut, a dream front 3 of Stan, Dwight and Savo, it just never happened.

I think Brian Little has to take some of the blame for that.  Having signed him, I think he felt that he had to play all three to justify having them there.  They never gelled.

If you read Dwight Yorke's book, it's clear he had lttle time for Stan.  Same with Ian Taylor

When Collymore walked into the Mad Dog to meet the rest of the squad for the first time it was like one of those cartoons where they all saw a league champions medal on his shoulders. Four months later they were irrevocably split.

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Re: The Misunderstanding of Stan Collymore
« Reply #17 on: April 05, 2021, 12:47:26 PM »
My favourite Collymore performance for Villa was his super sub out v Arsenal that was sadly overshadowed by the parachute accident at half time.

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Re: The Misunderstanding of Stan Collymore
« Reply #18 on: April 06, 2021, 02:29:55 PM »
According to a close relative of Stans who I work with he is a prat

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Re: The Misunderstanding of Stan Collymore
« Reply #19 on: April 06, 2021, 04:46:20 PM »
Word was at the time he had a deal that he would always maintain parity with the top earner at the club during the length of his contract.

Fair play to his agent for sorting that one if so. When you think soon after we signed Merson, Dublin, David James, Ginola et al you can understand why the club would want him off the books.

Gregory mouthing off about his personal situation seemed a bit shit even then, mind.

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Re: The Misunderstanding of Stan Collymore
« Reply #20 on: April 07, 2021, 08:37:55 AM »
Yep. Gregory always had a penchant of playing to the gallery. In this case to the detriment of the player and any hope we had of offloading him.

Still, if the players couldn't stand him i'm betting he wasn't that popular with the coaching staff either. I can't help thinking if it was another player he probably would have handled it a bit more discreetly.

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Re: The Misunderstanding of Stan Collymore
« Reply #21 on: April 08, 2021, 01:39:59 AM »
I doubt that, somehow.

JG had a reputation for upsetting players with his 'forthright' views.

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Re: The Misunderstanding of Stan Collymore
« Reply #22 on: April 08, 2021, 08:19:46 AM »
Excellent article.

I was at Filbert St that warm August Saturday when he made his debut, a dream front 3 of Stan, Dwight and Savo, it just never happened.

I think Brian Little has to take some of the blame for that.  Having signed him, I think he felt that he had to play all three to justify having them there.  They never gelled.

If you read Dwight Yorke's book, it's clear he had lttle time for Stan.  Same with Ian Taylor

Wasnít there a rumour that Doug Ellis bought Stan and Brian Little didnít know?

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Re: The Misunderstanding of Stan Collymore
« Reply #23 on: April 08, 2021, 08:22:50 AM »
Have to admit I was excited when we signed him, but at the same time thought it was a mistake as Savo and Dwight had clicked as a front two.

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Re: The Misunderstanding of Stan Collymore
« Reply #24 on: April 08, 2021, 10:04:42 AM »
Yeah, I was excited too. Saw the three of them (Savo, Stan and Dwight) together pre-season against Wycombe (we won 5-0, if I remember right) and they were unplayable. Sure, it was only Wycombe, but I thought they could only get better when they got used to each other.

They didnít.

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Re: The Misunderstanding of Stan Collymore
« Reply #25 on: April 08, 2021, 12:38:45 PM »
I doubt that, somehow.

JG had a reputation for upsetting players with his 'forthright' views.

Maybe, but its human nature. If you have an employee who's a model professional and popular with everyone who then goes off the rails then you're probably more likely to be understanding. If he's a pain in the arse anyway, then you probably won't be

It's like Bruce with McCormack . Now I thought he was totally in the wrong telling the press about the whole gate business but i'm guessing that was the end of a very long list of issues with him.

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Re: The Misunderstanding of Stan Collymore
« Reply #26 on: April 14, 2021, 07:35:17 AM »
I was 16 when he signed, and to this day I've never been so excited about someone signing for Villa.

Sigh

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Re: The Misunderstanding of Stan Collymore
« Reply #27 on: April 16, 2021, 01:50:39 AM »
The other bad thing re signing Stan was that he cost so much it only left us enough money to bring in one other player that summer -Simon Grayson.

I felt we had an unbalanced squad that season, quite thin in places, and that's one reason that Brian struggled.

 


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