7 March 2001 — Real Oviedo were left stunned as striker Stan Collymore announced his retirement from football, completely out of the blue, at the age of 30. He had made the move to Spain on a 3 and a half year deal, just 34 days prior to the announcement.
The striker had signed for the Spanish top flight side looking to resurrect his career, which had spiraled dramatically since his move to Liverpool.
He controversially walked away from his contract, leaving Oviedo without any strikers for the remainder of their league campaign that ended in relegation.
Collymore’s professional career between 1990 and 2001 spanned 9 different clubs, with his best spell coming at Nottingham Forest, scoring 41 goals in 65 games.
His impressive record was enough to tempt Liverpool to pay £8.5m for his services, a British record transfer fee at the time.
The announcement of Collymore’s retirement came shortly after he was advised by Real Oviedo coach Radomir Antic to improve his fitness; he had made just 3 appearances for the club.
Before the end of 2001 the club announced that it was going to begin legal action against the controversial striker for breach of contract, seeking £7m in damages.