Speaking on Radio Five, Alex Ferguson has talked about the ‘one that got away’ but he wasn’t reminiscing about his fishing exploits.

The one player he most regrets not landing? Gazza!

Ferguson; “I would love to have signed Paul Gascoigne, I think I could have done something with him, he’s the one real world star England have produced.

Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard have come close but they don’t have the genius of Gascoigne. He could have played for Brazil.

Gascoigne was the one that got away”.

For any Newcastle fans under a certain age it must be hard to imagine what all the fuss is about.

While the rest of us remember a chunky, cocky genius, they see a fishing rod, some chicken, four cans….

When Gazza emerged at Newcastle United in the mid-eighties it was just the business, the crushing blows of Waddle and Beardsley leaving looked to have been saved by this larger than life character from Dunston.

Of course his eventual departure to Spurs, instead of Man.U., was to be the crushing blow that left the fans in total despair and almost led to the collapse of Newcastle United as the team went into freefall.

Here’s a video reminder of just what we, and Alex Ferguson, missed out on – courtesy of The Mag’s YouTube channel.
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  • Anonymous

    For once, I agree with Sir Alex.  I’ll never forget how Gazza would boss the midfield, spraying the ball about then demanding it back, dribbling, shooting, the lot – then seeing him, at the end of the match, talking to fans outside the ground.  Tragic how it ended.

  • footie fan

    Certainly the best the country ever produced, I saw him on a couple of occasions, once at Forest on a new years day when he was 19 and he totally commanded that field with his magic.