<p>Stanley Victor "Stan" Collymore (born 22 January 1971) is a retired English footballer who was active at a senior level from 1990 until 2001.
He was at one time the British transfer record holder when he moved from Nottingham Forest to Liverpool for £8.5 million in 1995. He was capped three times at senior level by the England national football team, but did not score.
Collymore was born in Stone, Staffordshire. As a young boy he supported Aston Villa. A centre forward, Collymore played junior football for Penkridge Juniors before starting his career as an apprentice footballer with Walsall, and also Wolverhampton Wanderers, before being released and signing for then Conference team, Stafford Rangers. It was there he caught the eye of several football league clubs by demonstrating the ability to score spectacular goals before being given his chance as a full-time professional with Crystal Palace at the age of 19, when he signed for them in December 1990.
After learning his trade as understudy to the prolific Crystal Palace partnership of Mark Bright and Ian Wright, Collymore dropped down a division to Southend United and there scored 18 goals in 31 games to help keep the club in</p>