By 1990 Paul Gascoigne was an athlete of promise. He had his distinctive features: he was gifted and entertaining and a bit of a joker – one of the lads. But, apart from a few million English males, who knew about him really? After the summer of 1990 when England lost to Germany in the World Cup, Paul Gascoigne, owner of the blubbery, wet, wrinkled face witnessed by the world, had become Gazza, as famous as anyone can be. Poet and biographer Ian Hamilton is a Tottenham Hotspur supporter – and a Gazza fan. His account tells of a player’s life and a fan’s obsession, of a sports celebrity and the need to have one. Above all it is Gazza’s story, of a man on show, in the press, in distress; a man more sinned against than sinning.
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