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A PROMISING young footballer wounded when Joey Barton stubbed out a cigar in his eye is now a window cleaner.
Jamie Tandy was attacked by soccer bad boy Barton at Manchester City's Christmas party in 2004.
After spiralling into alcohol abuse, depression and even a botched botch
tr.v. botched, botch·ing, botch·es
1. To ruin through clumsiness.
2. To make or perform clumsily; bungle.
3. To repair or mend clumsily.
1. suicide bid, Jamie, 24, is working and now playing non-league football.
Feeling isolated after his clash with Barton, he first went on loan to a Danish club, before suffering injury.
In desperation he tried to take his own life when he smashed his car into a lamppost in February.
But things are finally looking up for Jamie after he was accepted into football's Sporting Chance clinic The Sporting Chance Clinic is a registered British based charity, first set up by former Arsenal and England football captain Tony Adams to provide a specialist addiction and recovery facility for sportsmen and women . He has also found regular work as an industrial window cleaner, working on the high-rise buildings in Manchester city centre
Jamie, from Whitefield, said: "I started to slip into depression after I came back from Denmark.
"I wasn't earning any money - it was difficult. I started drinking and being stupid.
"I was just going from job to job.
I was a scaffolder and I just did the rounds in non-league football."
Speaking about his car crash suicide attempt, Jamie added: "I'd just had enough of everything. I wasn't earning money, I had broken feet, I'd' just had enough of it all." After being released by City, Jamie has no desire to go back to being a professional football. He said: "I wouldn't want to go back into the league to be fair. I've experienced bad things there and I didn't really enjoy it."
Jamie joined Blue Square North side Droylsden after recovering from his car crash and has a more positive outlook. He added: "I'm going to the Sporting Chance clinic through the PFA - they're funding it for me - so I'm going for rehab there.
"I feel a lot better. I'm nowhere near where I used to be but I'm working on it. I'm still drinking, but more like how a normal lad does."
Jamie hopes Droylsden will beat Darlington today in the FA Cup first round, adding: "We're a decent footballing side - I'm 75 per cent sure we'll take something out of it."
Barton, now at Newcastle, was fined pounds 60,000 by City for the 2004 attack.
I'd just had enough of everything... I'd had enough of it all
JAMIE TANDY ON WHY HE ATTEMPTED SUICIDE
ATTACK Barton; CLEAN BREAK Ex-Man City starlet star·let
1. A small star.
2. A young film actress publicized as a future star.
a young actress who has the potential to become a star
Noun 1. Jamie Tandy cleaning a window