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Stan YSB Collymore On Disappointment Over Missing Out On United

Stan Collymore is not the most popular man in the country, even less so with Manchester United fans. If beating women doesn’t turn you off him, or his liking for watching others get it on in carparks, then his irritating ABU stance on TalkSport and in his column in The Mirror ought to.

In his playing days, Collymore left Nottingham Forest for Liverpool in the summer of 1995, after an impressive record of 41 league goals in 65 games. However, this move, which was a British transfer record, only took place after his preferred deal to Manchester United collapsed.

The following extract is taken from Andy Mitten’s chapter on Andy Cole in his brilliant new book, Glory Glory!. which recounts Collymore’s frustration when learning that his agent, Paul Stretford, who was also Cole’s agent, got Andy the move to United that he craved for.

Mark Hughes was 31 and Ferguson had spoken to Everton manager Joe Royle about taking Hughes. Ferguson felt that teams were changing their tactics to play United, becoming more trenchant and defensive. His solution was to find a striker who was so quick he could create spaces in tighter areas in the box. Two were identified: Andy Cole and Stan Collymore at Nottingham Forest.

Collymore had performed exceptionally well in games for Forest against United and, with speculation reaching fever pitch, was expecting to join United.

“I couldn’t believe it when I heard,” said Collymore. “It was made worse by the fact that Andy Cole was Stretford’s client too. Stretford had assured me that the move to Old Trafford would happen if he kept plugging away at Fergie, and now it had collapsed. I tried four our five times to call Stretford on his mobile and he was very curt with me. He kept telling me he couldn’t talk. At one stage I was in denial about it. I didn’t want to believe the Andy Cole move was happening. Stretford never rang me back and I was livid with him. I didn’t blame Fergie. That’s just business. But the fact was that Stretford had shoehorned his other client into Manchester United at my expense.”

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. bchilds says:

    Thank god he never wore our shirt, the thought of him wearing it makes me want to be sick!

  2. aig alex is god says:

    Stan Collymore and Derek Mcgovern .2 cunts who i will bash up if i ever come across. i want to strip them naked and make them have a lap around Old Trafford in front of the 76,000 fans.

    anyone read that cunt mcgovern’s latest article.shows his anger at Giggsy winning the BBC award.why do tabloids have such biased assholes writing for them. all scouse supporting bastards wanting a palce to remove their rubbish team’s frustration.wanting a palce is that cunt mcgovern’s article


  3. Ashish says:

    Hmm….that was interesting.

  4. Mr Santos says:

    So because of that you beat your wife, shag strangers and talk non-stop shit about United. Glad you never played for us because your a worthless cunt. I’m only 17 & don’t really remember seeing him play apart watching highlights nowadays but from what I’ve seen/heard about him he’s an absolute cunt.

  5. theboogeyman says:

    Thank fuck. I can’t stand the man.

  6. aig alex is god says:


  7. bchilds says:

    There’s a lot of venom in the Derek Mcgovern article, all the hate just makes it more and more sweeter when we succeed.

  8. bigphil2003 says:

    What a wanker. Referring to Giggs as a “Man United sub” and a benchwarmer?! You might as well say the same for Stevie GBH and fucking Torres because I dare say Giggs has more playing time than them this season! Fuck off derek mcgovern, fuck off and die…

  9. Mr Santos says:

    It’s beyond me how people like Derek McGovern stay in their job with their over-biased views. Obviously football pundits/journalists are going to have favourites/former teams but surely all they’re there to do is give an unbiased, impartial view on football. It’s not hard.

  10. kanchelskis says:

    Derek McGovern is an embarassment to himself. Seriously, he exposes himself as a bitter, bewildered individual every time he writes anything.

  11. exiledred says:

    To be fair, I was at OT when Forest beat Utd 2-1 and Collymore scored both goals. He was awesome that day and every fan around me was praying we would sign him. When the news broke that we’d bought Cole it was a huge shock as we were all convinced we were after Collymore. Looking back, I’m really glad we got Cole but make no mistake, Collymore was a huge talent and would have been fantastic at Utd.

  12. King Eric says:

    aig – Morning mate. I ain’t gonna read it. I made a vow the other day to stop reading this kind of shit. The Mirror are a disgrace. At least this shows why Collymore IS so bitter. Cannot get over the fact Coley was preferred. You horrible cunt. As I said the other day and this may sound harsh I hope he dies a hideous death.

  13. Nectarine says:

    Column? Can this cunt even read and write?

  14. noqnoq48 says:

    If McGovern consults his dictionary he would find that the word ‘personality’ means ‘the embodiment of a collection of qualities’. I’m sure that description fits Ryan Giggs to a t. Unlike some scribblers of the tabloids Giggs leads by example. True gentlemen like him are a very scarce commodity. As for Stan the Scum no words need be wasted on him and his opinions.

  15. King Eric says:

    exiledred – Oh absolutely agree. There is no denying his talent. Just pissed it against the wall thats all. Waster.

  16. SqueakyRed says:

    Very well put mate.

  17. elvido says:

    loved the comment on the cunt’s “column” though! Despite the definite night sweats at the thought of the wimp trying on OUR shirt!

  18. Costas says:

    Lets make a statue to Paul Stretford! I never realised how close we were to missing out on Andy Cole and bying Collymore. I won’t take anything away from his talent, but thge man is self destructive and he wouldn’t have lasted 6 months at Old Trafford.

  19. Rossee78 says:

    McGovern is a cock suckin whorebag who needs to be smashed up & collymore is a doggin wife beatin cunt who talks nuthin but shit on that cuntin channel 5…. Who fuckin watches that ?…..liverpool and everton fans that’s who…….COCKs !!

  20. kylelaw84 says:

    anyone ever remember just after he retired he was on talk sport or 5live or something doing a phone in and the world cup wasn’t far off. england had drawn sweden in the groups and someone rung up and said ‘stan, i think you should go to the world cup’ stan replied ‘why’s that?’ the fella says ’cause you’re the only one that know’s how to beat sweds’ lol cracked me up!

  21. Gotta hate tiny tears says:

    I was listenin to talk sport yesterday and i sweae i fould of punched this wanker for running down united saying Chelsea will romp the league saying Liverpool will End in the top 4 all while he was ment to be talking about the blackburn match . Cant standard him.

  22. Tony Starks says:

    It seems that these people are a little bit jealous of United, don’t blame them with all the success we’ve had and that… If everyone likes you it means that you are nice but can’t really harm them on the pitch!

  23. exiledred says:

    King Eric – agreed mate. I just always wondered whether Fergie could have worked his magic on him and brought him in line. As it is, he’s just a sad jealous twisted knob.

  24. devil@singapore says:

    not worth commenting. piece of shit.

  25. King Eric says:

    exiledred- I dare say he would have worked his magic mate, yes.

    gotta hate – Now you can see why I despise the twat so much. EVERY SINGLE night he slags United. The rentboys won’t “romp” the league. Fucking hell to say we have been playing with no back five and two of our midfielders in defence we ain’t doing too bad. Joint top, semi of the Carling cup and winners of our Champions league group. Just wait till we get key players back.

    kylelaw84 – Ha ha. Wish I heard that.

  26. brett1985 says:

    Martin Samuel made me laugh the other day when he said that the only blip that Liverpool have had is when they beat us.

  27. Fred says:

    Agree with Devil@Singapore.

    Collymore is a piece of shit. Just ignore him and the other TalkShite presenters.

  28. Rob the Red says:

    David who?

  29. rooninho says:

    manchester is my heaven… thank god there was no room in heaven for that thick headed twat. looks like he went to hell soon after!

  30. Fze123 says:

    Probale reason as to why he’s so bitter and anti-united. As many have said, thank god we got Cole in the end and not him. I doubt he would have lasted very long anyway.

  31. Bebeto says:

    I suppose it goes some way to explaining why he is such a giant cunt whenever talking about United.

    He needs to get over his grievances if he is to have any hope of being a respectable pundit, which would still be very unlikely.

  32. weeeeldrinkadrinkadrink says:

    Derek McGovern is just raging he wasn’t in on the Giggs bet.The sad compulsive gambling toerag would back his granny to get the shingles if he thought the odds were decent.Never read that excuse for a paper anymore,full of Scouse scum.

  33. berba is magic says:


  34. berba is magic says:

    what YSB stands for????

  35. Mr Santos says:

    You Scouse Bastard

  36. Kings says:

    Two fucking bastards I would take a contract out on: Stan YSB Collymore for his wife beating antics and his total bias towards Liverpool, especially after we won the FIFA World Club Cup, making light work of our win, bitter that his beloved vermin didn’t win it against Sao Paulo 3 years earlier. The other one is Derek McGovern for his blatant hatred towards United. What a pair of cunts. Off topic, another cunt is Peado Wenger for his comments about Wolves making 10 changes: ‘We will compete with them (United) over 37 games’ he joked, implying that Wolves gift wrapped that win, just like the rest of the cunt media have been making remarks about – just heard him say it on Sky Sports News. Fucking cunt.

  37. redseven says:

    “I didn’t blame Fergie. That’s just business. But the fact was that Stretford had shoehorned his other client into Manchester United at my expense.”

    at your expense! your a prick of the highest order what do you expect you fuckin no mark!

    and obviously knows fuck all about football, what a fucking twonk!

  38. Doghouse says:

    United fans should boycott everything that Collymore is on. Not because he’s a bitter cunt, but because he beat up a woman. Nobody should hire a man who has done that.


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