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Warren Aspinall

Warren Aspinall

Clubs played for: Wigan Athletic, Everton, Aston Villa, Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Swansea City, Carlisle United, Brentford, Colchester United, Brighton & Hove Albion (1980-2000)

Born: 1967

Birthplace: Wigan

Position: Midfielder/forward

Biography: Everything looked so good at the beginning of Warren’s career and he was hailed as a star of the future. Both Aston Villa and then Pompey broke their transfer records to acquire his services but injuries and a poor disciplinary record meant that his undoubted potential was never fulfilled. Alan Ball eventually signed him for Pompey in 1988 for £315,000 from Aston Villa having tried twice previously. After several successful seasons, including the FA Cup run of 1992, he left for Bournemouth in 1993. A long term ankle injury forced him to retire in 2000 at the age of 33 and this played a part in what happened next. He found work as a warehouseman for Sainsbury’s distribution centre in Basingstoke and helped out with some scouting for Port Vale but hit the headlines when his drinking and gambling got out of hand. This ultimately led him to the brink of suicide one Friday night when drunk and having gambled his whole month’s wages, he stood on a railway track with the aom of ending his life. Thankfully, the story has a happy ending. Thoughts of his partner and children encouraged him to jump out of the way of the oncoming train at the last minute and to subsequently book into Tony Adams’s Sporting Chance Clinic. Can now be heard on BBC Radio Sussex on Brighton match days.

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Aspinall, Warren Many thanks for all your commentaries throughout 2022 on Radio Sussex on the Brighton+HA matches. They have been brilliant. All the best for 2023, keep up the good work. Good luck to yourself and the team.
02-01-23 David Hollamby

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