Jack Collison missed promotion celebrations as he ‘couldn’t pee after six beers’

Former West Ham midfielder Jack Collison missed the club’s promotion celebrations at Wembley Stadium because he was unable to urinate after drinking beer.

The Irons beat Blackpool 2-1 in the playoffs after finishing third in the Championship during the 2011/12 season – but Collison missed most of the celebrations as he was in a drug testing room and could not manage to pee.

Collison, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes, explained about the embarrassing incident: “People talk a lot about the celebrations after a win like that, but for me it ended up being a real anti-climax, to be honest. I got dragged into the drug testing room with Winston Reid, Kevin Phillips was in there as well, and I just couldn't pee.

“I had about five or six beers and I could not pee. You have to sit in there until you've gone to the toilet, so I literally missed all of the celebrations in the changing room, and was probably the last person to leave Wembley that day.

The former player continued: ”As a group we had a bit of a do back at the club, but it was Mark Noble's stag do the next day, so a lot of the boys were getting ready to go to that, and I had a heavily pregnant wife at the time, so it was all a bit of an anti-climax on the day.

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“But once the dust settled, and certainly over the next few weeks there was that feeling of excitement and everything else that comes with knowing you're going to be playing in the Premier League next season."

Collison, 33, is now is the head coach of Atlanta United, the reserve team of the Major League Soccer club Atlanta United, in the USL Championship. He played for West Ham between 2007 to 2014, featuring in over 100 games.

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