NOW the footie season is in full flow you can watch the sport’s pampered prima donnas.
But in our feature, we’re reminding you of the violent nutters, randy rebels and peacocking playboys who over the years have graced the beautiful game with their presence.
Every week we’ll be looking at a different one of the sport’s most mental mavericks.
And this week it’s the original 80s playboy Frank McAvennie. lines, he admits that his drug use spiralled out of control after his retirement.
McAvennie saw out his playing days with spells at Aston Villa, Celtic, Swindon, Falkirk and St Mirren, before hanging up his boots for good in 1995.
That year he was arrested in Dover with £100,000 of his own money seized by customs, who said it was going to fund a major drug deal.
McAvennie claimed that the cash was to fund an expedition to a sunken treasure ship, but the judge backed the customs officers.
Then, in 2000, he stood trial at Newcastle Crown Court charged with conspiracy to supply drugs and even spent a month on remand at Durham Prison.
Although he was later cleared, he says the whole episode convinced him to get his life back together.
He said: “There were some right villains in there and I was determined never to go back.
“That month inside brought me to my senses. It was the kick up the backside I needed.”
McAvennie, 53, credits his second wife Karen with rescuing him from a dangerous life.
Asked if he has any regrets, he said: “Only one. I went to Colchester one day and it pissed down the whole time. I wish I’d never bloody bothered.”
FRANKS FOR THAT! McAvennie with topless stunna Jenny and in his pomp at West Ham