Premier League - Paul Gascoigne Factfile

Wed, 20 Oct 11:19:00 2010

The life and times of Paul Gascoigne, who has admitted drink driving in Newcastle.

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1967: Born, Gateshead, May 27.

1983: Joins Newcastle as an apprentice.

1985: Makes Football League debut for Newcastle as a substitute against Queens Park Rangers at St James' Park.

1988: July 18 - Joins Tottenham for 2 million.

September 3 - Makes Spurs debut in 2-2 draw at Newcastle.

September 14 - Makes England debut as substitute against Denmark at Wembley.

1989: April 26 - Scores first goal for England after coming on as substitute in 5-0 World Cup win over Albania at Wembley.

1990: July - Stars during England's World Cup campaign and bursts into tears during World Cup semi-final with West Germany after receiving a yellow card which would have ruled him out of the final. Wins hearts of fans everywhere.

1991: May - Lasts just 17 minutes of FA Cup final in what turns out to be his last major game for Tottenham. Makes lunging challenge on Nottingham Forest's Gary Charles, but is badly injured, tearing cruciate right knee ligaments. Out of the game for 16 months.

September - Career appears in doubt after he has fresh surgery on his suspect knee following injuries sustained in a nightclub scuffle back home on Tyneside.

1992: September - Lasts just 45 minutes of Lazio Italian League debut after picking up a fresh injury to the most famous knee in British sport.

October - Forced to apologise to people of Norway after telling them to "f*** off" on television.

1993: January - Provokes outrage by belching into a television microphone when asked how he feels about being dropped by his Italian club.

February - Five photographers are briefly detained by Italian police after a row involving Gascoigne and his girlfriend. Produces disappointing display for England against San Marino and England manager Graham Taylor speculates that he may have a "refuelling problem".

August - Reports back to Lazio after summer break in England a stone and a half overweight.

December - Reports back to Rome after a Christmas break with a thigh strain suffered getting out of bed.

1994: January - Breaks rib in match against Sampdoria.

April - Career in doubt again after breaks his jinxed right leg in two places while training for Lazio. Out of action for a year.

July - Admits to a Sunday newspaper that he beat up and bullied girlfriend Sheryl Kyle for two years.

December - Police investigate allegations that a bodyguard threatened a tourist in a London pub and stole a roll of film from his camera.

1995: April - Returns to action for Lazio.

May - Signs for Glasgow Rangers in 4.3m deal.

July - Row after Gascoigne plays an imaginary flute after scoring for Rangers.

Seen as provocative sectarian gesture in divided city.

September - Returns for England after 18-month absence against Colombia.

1996: January - Gascoigne warned by police after an incident in an Indian restaurant in home town of Gateshead.

February - Sheryl gives birth to boy, Regan. Gascoigne reportedly goes drinking in London at same time as she is going into labour and is hundreds of miles away in the north-east at the time of the birth.

April - Crowned Scottish player of the year by his fellow professionals.

Hat-trick against Aberdeen makes Rangers champions for eighth successive time.

May - Gascoigne pleads with fans not to wreck Euro 96. Took part in England players' drinking session in Hong Kong to celebrate his 29th birthday.

June - Stars for England in Euro 96, scoring great goal against Scotland on the way as they reach semi-finals before losing to Germany on penalties.

October - Attacks wife Sheryl in Gleneagles Hotel leaving her with a cut and bruised face, and her arm in a sling. Sent off for Rangers against Ajax in a 4-1 Champions League defeat in Amsterdam. He later tells a press conference: "I'm a disgrace".

1997: March - Runs into more criticism from club manager Walter Smith after some well-publicised nights out in London.

May - Returns from injury to guide Rangers to a record-equalling ninth League title and welcomed back into England fold for the summer.

July - Signs new three-year deal with Rangers.

September - Wins rave reviews for man-of-match display in home 4-0 World Cup win over Moldova.

November - Sent off for violent conduct against Celtic after clash with Morten Wieghorst.

1998: January - Disciplined by Rangers after being caught on camera mimicking a flute player in a sectarian gesture during the Old Firm match at Celtic Park.

March - Joins Middlesbrough in a 3m deal and makes debut in the Coca-Cola Cup final defeat against Chelsea.

May - Left out of World Cup squad by England coach Glenn Hoddle.

September - Middlesbrough boss Bryan Robson gives Gascoigne an ultimatum over his drinking.

October 11 - Middlesbrough confirm Gascoigne checked into the Marchwood Priory Hospital to receive treatment for stress, depression and a drink problem.

October 26 - Appears in public with Boro boss Robson for the first time since being admitted to the clinic. Pledges to stop drinking.

November 2 - Returns to action in 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest.

1999: June - Expresses disappointment at omission from Kevin Keegan's first England squad.

September 27 - Sent off for swearing at an assistant referee as Middlesbrough draw with Chelsea.

2000: January - Returns to action after a lay-off following knee surgery.

February - Breaks left arm in controversial clash with Aston Villa's George Boateng and is stretchered from field. Later banned for three matches and fined 5,000 over the incident.

July 17 - Joins Everton and is reunited with manager Walter Smith, the man who signed him for Rangers.

October - Everton dismiss claims Gascoigne is poised to join Major League side Miami Fusion.

November - Rules out for six weeks with a thigh injury.

2001: August - Misses friendly with Tranmere during Everton's pre-season build-up, prompting speculation about his future. Later revealed to be attending a rehabilitation clinic in Arizona.

September 12 - Returns to action and plays all two hours of Everton's Worthington Cup defeat by Crystal Palace on penalties.

December 14 - Donates 10,000 to help save struggling non-League outfit Gateshead Town, his hometown club.

2002: January 26 - Leads Everton into fifth round of FA Cup with a virtuoso performance, setting up two goals for Kevin Campbell and one for Duncan Ferguson in 4-1 defeat of Leyton Orient at Goodison Park.

March 16 - Just three days after Smith is sacked by Everton, Gascoigne joins First Division hopefuls Burnley on loan for rest of season. Returns to Everton but is released.

July 23 - Linked with move to Major League side DC United but after flying to the US for a trial the club decide against the move. Darlington, Dundee, Exeter and Gillingham are all linked with the player but no deal materialises.

2003: January 27 - Signs a one-year deal with struggling Chinese B-league side Gansu Tianma. Scores on his league debut but the move quickly turns sour.

October 16 - Joins the Premiership's bottom side Wolves for training but leaves the next month.

2004: January 29 - Escapes serious injury when he drives his four-wheel-drive BMW into a parked truck.

June 30 - Approached by Welsh champions Rhyl to play in a Champions League qualifier but no deal is arranged.

July 30 - Joins Boston United as player-coach.

October - Left Boston, having started just two matches, and announced his intention to train for a career in football management.

Announced he wants to change his name to 'G8'.

2005: January - Hospitalised with pneumonia, sparking fears over his long-term health.

October 27 - Appointed manager of Nationwide Conference North club Kettering after a consortium, of which he was a member, bought the club.

December 5 - After two wins, two defeats and two draws, Gascoigne left Kettering. His 39-day reign ended in acrimony with chairman Imraan Ladak claiming the former England midfielder was "under the influence of alcohol before, during and after several first-team games and training sessions".

Gascoigne insisted he remained "committed" to Kettering and wanted to buy Ladak's stake in the club.

Arrested for an alleged assault after photographers scramble to take his picture outside a Liverpool city centre hotel.

2006: November 8 - Released on bail after being arrested for allegedly assaulting a photographer.

2007: February 20 - Agrees to appear in action-horror movie Final Run, with filming set to start in the summer.

May 28 - Undergoes emergency surgery for a perforated stomach ulcer.

2008: February 20 - Arrested in Newcastle and sectioned under the Mental Health Act, according to sources.

June 02 - Detained and sectioned after appearing in agitated and unwell state in Hemel Hempstead, near London.

September 18 – Arrested in Gateshead on suspicion of causing criminal damage after morning incident outside pub.

2009: March 16 - Appeared on SkySports in candid interview where he admitted that his heart stopped three times while he was in rehab.

2010: February 8 - The Sun reports his second arrest in the space 24 hours for being drunk and disorderly.

June 14 - Admitted to hospital after being involved in a car accident in which a female driver was arrested on suspicion of being over the drink limit.

October 8 - Charged with drink-driving after police stopped him in his car in Newcastle.

October 20 - Told he could face prison after pleading guilty to drink-driving charge

December 9 - Given an eight-week suspended sentence by magistrates and banned from driving for three years.


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