Stan is a former footballer turned popular pundit. He had a highly publicized football career as he was one of the country’s most naturally gifted players. He was born in Stone, Staffordshire and as a young boy he supported Aston Villa. A promising centre forward with a superb eye for goal, Collymore played junior football for Cannock Peelers and Penkridge Juniors before starting his career as an apprentice footballer with Walsall.
Stan was given his chance as a full-time professional with Crystal Palace at the age of 19, when he signed for them in December 1990.
In June 1993, Collymore signed for Nottingham Forest in an initial £2 million deal rising to £2.75 million based on certain clauses being met, including an international cap. He was signed by newly-appointed Frank Clark, who had just taken over as manager at the end of Brian Clough’s 18-year reign as manager.
Collymore signed for Liverpool in June 1995, for a British record fee of £8.5 million. He scored on his Liverpool debut against Sheffield Wednesday and would spend two years at Anfield. Proving his reputation as a deadly finisher, he scored at a ratio of a goal every 2.5 games, as well as, creating many goals in a partnership with Robbie Fowler.
Stan also writes a Monday Column for the Daily Mirror newspaper. He appears regularly as a studio guest and co-commentator for UK television Channel 5 for the channel’s UEFA Europa League coverage, and co-commentated on the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup.
Collymore has also flirted with Hollywood stardom, when in 2005 he played the character Kevin Franks in the film Basic Instinct 2 alongside Sharon Stone.
He also owns Maverick Spirit Productions, a UK Television Production Company.
Stan Collymore has established himself as a respected football pundit and commentator. He hosted the weekly football magazine show, Central Soccer Night on ITV Central, and commentated on the 26th Africa Cup of Nations for British Eurosport. He is also a regular commentator and studio analyst for two foreign broadcasters, GTV (Ghana) & SBS Sport (Australia).
Stan has built a reputation as a great after-dinner speaker, he is always polite, witty, and very informative.