Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Tuesday March 2 2010
Former Wigan Athletic trainee and local lad Warren Aspinall has spoken candidly about his addictions to both gambling and alcohol in the Sky Sports documentary feature Life After Football
Back in 1985 when 17 year old Warren followed in the footseps of his brother Wayne and made his debut for his home town club he quite litterally had the world at his feet.
Aspinall was a prodigious talent and he had a temprement and confidence to match, it was quite obvious that this young lad could go as far in the game as he wanted.
A year after making his Latics debut Aspinall was snapped up by Howard Kendall`s Everton and he would make 7 first team appearances for the Toffee`s the following season on their way to the league title.
But it was obvious, even to outsiders, that all was not well with Aspinall, talk of attitude problems and heavy gambling were commonplace with him and he was shipped out of Goodison Park the following season when he signed for a struggling Aston Villa team.
From Villa Park Aspinall has made stops around the country on a nomadic career that has seen him don the shirts of Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Swansea City, Carlisle United, Brentford, Colchester United and Brighton.
It was whilst he was at Brighton that Aspinall met Mickey Adams who has turned into a good friend and somewhat saviour for the exHindley Park Hgh School pupil.
Aspinall had his career ended when he contracted MRSA following a routine operation to have some floating bone washed from his ankle, at a very low ebb the gambling and drinking took over and he reached his lowest point when, drunk and skint from a day at the bookies, Aspinall tried to kill himself in front of a train.
In a tearful interview Aspinall relives that fateful day and tells of what made him reconsider where his life was taking him, what strides he has made since by reaching out and getting help and his love for his family.
Warren Aspinall now works for Sainsbury`s at one of their distribution depots in Basingstoke and he does some scouting for his good friend Mickey Adams the Port Vale manager.
Aspinall is definitely a what could have been character, bags of talent just took some wrong turns but it is good to see him getting himself together.
To watch the Warren Aspinall interview visit Sky Sports here
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Date:Tuesday March 2 2010
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