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Stuck in a Moment - The Ballad of Paul Vaessen (Hardcover): Stewart Taylor

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It was 22nd April 1980, the eve of the European Cup-Winners' Cup semi-final between Arsenal and Juventus in Turin and Paul Vaessen had a dream, a dream in which he came off the bench to score the winning goal, silencing the Stadio Comunale and catapulting himself to overnight fame. The next day he lived the dream, heading in Graham Rix's cross with only seconds left to score one of the most memorable goals in Arsenal's illustrious history. It was Paul's moment, a moment of supreme elation, a moment he would spend the rest of his life trying to recapture. Because the dream would soon turn into a nightmare as, eight months after his exploits in northern Italy, Paul would suffer the knee injury which would eventually curtail his career at the age of twenty one. Paul was on the scrapheap. And he was poorly equipped for life without football. After a comeback with non-league Fisher Athletic was aborted, most job offers were too mundane for him to even contemplate. Nothing could give him anything like the buzz he was looking for. Nothing, that is, except drugs. Paul would spend most of the following fifteen years battling drug addiction, eventually dying alone and anonymously in his Bristol flat in August 2001, a manic depressive and schizophrenic facing up to the likelihood of amputation. His knee caused him agony, a constant reminder of what he'd once been and how high he'd once flown. He told those close to him that he wouldn't make forty. He was thirty nine when he died. There were, though, good times along the way, as we hear from former team-mates such as Liam Brady, Frank Stapleton, Alan Sunderland, Graham Rix, Brian Talbot, Brian McDermott and Kenny Sansom. Fellow apprentice, Nicky Law, relives the mischief of the early years and we meet Paul's school friends, teachers and family. But this is primarily a sombre tale, a tale of seduction and abandonment. Tony Adams, who has written the foreword for this book, is just one of many who have acknowledged the importance and relevance of this cautionary tale. Every now and then, especially when Arsenal and Juventus are drawn together in competition, Paul's name crops up again. And so does that goal, that moment with which Paul will always be associated. That moment in which Paul Vaessen will always be stuck.

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Imprint: GCR Books
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: May 2014
Authors: Stewart Taylor
Dimensions: 230 x 148 x 28mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 304
ISBN-13: 978-1-909050-06-8
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography
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LSN: 1-909050-06-7
Barcode: 9781909050068

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