Stan Collymore joined Liverpool for a club record £8.5 million in the summer of 1995 and scored on his debut with a sensational strike against Sheffield Wednesday at Anfield.
The much sought after player was considered to be a major coup when Roy Evans beat off competition to sign him.
Earlier in his career Collymore was rejected both at Walsall and Wolves before given a chance with Conference club Stafford Rangers. He was sold to Crystal Palace for £100,000 in 1990. Two years later, 20 games and one goal later he was on his way to Southend for £80,000. He found his scoring form and managed 18 goals in 33 games.
In 1993, Nottingham Forest coughed up £2.2million for his services. He was a tremendous success at Forest, scoring 19 goals in 28 league games in the First division as Forest were promoted. A huge asking price was put on his head, which frightened off potiental buyers like Manchester United, who bought Andy Cole instead.
Forest enjoyed a great first season in the Premiership and Collymore scored no less than 22 league goals. Forest ended the season in 3rd place. In the summer of 1995 he made his England debut and a month later he had joined Liverpool for a British record of £8.5million.
Fowler and Collymore immediately hit it off as a partnership, scoring a combined total of 55 goals in the 1995-96 season. Collymore scored the winning goal into injury time in a memorable 4-3 victory over Newcastle, voted as the highlight in 10-year Premiership history on SKY Sports. Collymore and Fowler scored 47 goals in their second season.
In 1997 following the emergence of Michael Owen to first team stardom Stan the man was sold to his boyhood team Asto Villa in a £7 million deal.
Other Clubs: Stafford Rangers, Crystal Palace, Southend, Nottm For, Aston Villa, Fulham (loan), Leicester, Bradford, Real Oviedo