Stuck in a Moment: The Ballad of Paul Vaessen

Stuck in a Moment: The Ballad of Paul Vaessen

by Stewart Taylor

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Overview

Stuck in a Moment is a tale of seduction and abandonment as young Paul Vaessen works his way through the ranks to the Arsenal first team of Brady, Jennings et al. One minute the world is at his feet, the next he's on the scrapheap. One of football's dirty secrets, Paul descends into a world of addiction and towards an inevitable conclusion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785313790
Publisher: Pitch Publishing
Publication date: 07/01/2018
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

For some players, the final whistle heralds the beginning of an infinitely more difficult chapter in their lives. Some simply find it impossible to cope, replacing one addiction with another. Not well known is the story of Paul Vaessen, perhaps the most powerful and tragic tale of them all. Paul was the Bermondsey boy who rose from working-class roots to overnight fame in Turin when in April 1980, as an unknown 18-year-old, he scored one of the most dramatic goals in Arsenal's distinguished history. But all too soon Paul would discover how fragile and fickle the world of football could be as he experienced unforgiving injuries, loss of form and merciless barracking by his own fans. Just three years down the line, he was on the scrapheap, discarded by the game he'd devoted his young life to, and descending quickly into the only other world he knew, that of drugs. Paul would spend his lonely final days reliving his moment of glory with anybody willing to listen, that one moment in which he had effectively become stuck.

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