The infamous northerner who set the world alight at Tottenham Hotspur and on the international stage. He was well known to be partial to the sauce and as the years passed his waistline also seemed to be expanding. In the end, the beer took its toll on his career and his form took a stuka style nose dive. PREVIEW FOR #9: The first thing to battling alcoholism is admitting you have a problem. Paul Merson would happily let everybody know what his first love in life was but for him it wasn’t too much of a problem. His goal celebrations like this one get top marks for originality but couldn’t have impressed management too much.