Paul Gascoigne Needs Urgent Help NOW

Disturbing and distressing news today about former Newcastle player and local Gateshead boy, Paul Gascoigne.


Paul Gascoigne – strapped in a wheelchair yesterday in Herfordshire

The 41-year-old was detained after approaching a member of the public “appearing unwell and in an agitated state” in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

This is the now the second time the former English international has been sectioned, and Paul has struggled with alcoholism and depression for many, many years.

To say Paul doesn’t look well is a huge understatement, and he appears very thin and gaunt.

Only last February Paul was detained under the act for two weeks, after an incident at the Hilton Hotel in Gateshead, and then in May, Gascoigne was admitted to the Priory, after threatening to kill himself in a London hotel.

A Hertfordshire Police spokesman said today:

“Police were called just after 12.30pm on Sunday following a report that a man had approached a member of the public who was unknown to him, appearing unwell and in an agitated state in Hemel Hempstead.”

“Officers arrived and accompanied the man to hospital so he could be checked over.”

“He was sectioned under the Mental Health Act.”

Gascoigne was born in Gateshead, and during his great playing career, he had successes at Newcastle, where he started out, and then with Tottenham, Lazio and Glasgow Rangers.

He earned 57 England caps and scored 10 goals for his country, but never completely fulfilled his huge potential, due the the problems he always had with heavy drinking.

But this is now getting very very serious for Paul, and there are treatments and drugs available, that can help him a lot.

But he must now be kept in hospital, and put under some long-term care program, so he has a chance to recover.

Newcastle fans would like nothing better than to see Paul at every Newcastle home game, fit and well, next season.

And there are people at and associated with the Newcastle United club, with hearts of gold, like Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson, who have said they will try to help Paul as much as they possibly can.

Maybe fans can ensure Paul hears from them right now, in his time of need, and let him know we wish him every success, in his fight back to normality, and enjoying life to the full again.

We wish Paul the very best, from the bottom of our hearts.

64 comments so far

  • ToonDaft

    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #1

    just hope he gets the help he needs – he really needs prolonged help if he is to come out on top – seriously hope he does

  • Jim

    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #2

    The guy’s a tube. He had everything anyone could want and has p*ssed it up the wall. There’s noone who can help him but himself and if he nosedives, then so be it.

    His opportunities are a waste that would’ve been appreciated by a better man.

  • Petworth (DC) Mag

    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #3

    That’s quite callous Jim.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #4

    Agree with Jim above.

    Completely self inflicted, didnt know what he had.

  • Davies

    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #5

    This is a very upsetting chapter in a very sad story.

    I hate to say this, but the only person who can help Paul Gascoine is the man himself, and he doesn’t appear to know how. All of the medication and well meaning assistants in the world will mean nothing if he doesn’t want to help himself.

    I lost a friend eight years ago after everybody around him had fought against the tide to get him back to being himself.

    I hope it doesn’t end the same way for Gazza. It is a tragedy that such a talented and promising man could fall so far by the wayside, but I would imagine he knows (or knew) that his life could be so much more, and I can’t help but think that only makes things worse for him.

    I truly hope he recovers.

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Dont care what people think of his off field antics, this guy is in MY all time top 5 players i’ve seen play.

    I hope Gazza gets the help he needs and i know there will always be people out there offering help and will always out number his knockers.

    However i feel the future does not bode well for one of my idols. In a time when Newcastle can only hope of a player with half your talent, i wish you the very best of luck mate

  • will

    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #7

    don’t agree with jim. He’s had troubles from an early age. People don’t voluntarily self destruct.


    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #8

    if you agree with jims opinion or not!! he does need help!! and yes he also has to help is self!!
    hope he can pull himself around!!

  • Hadrian

    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #9

    we might get some stick from the rest of the country , and ashley may feel its a bad image .
    but paul should be on newcastles books now training the kid up .
    he’s a perfect youth coach , so easy for the kids to talk too and mess around with and bag’s of ability to teach them .
    but he could be a liability , seperated from five bellies tho and pauls a different guy , he just need a controlling infulence .

  • HeronMag

    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #10

    Get well soon Gazza.

    One of the greatest players the north-east has ever and will ever produce.

    He’s made his mistakes and has not been helped by certain ‘friends’ but he has always held his hands up and admitted his problems.

    He hasn’t helped himself over the years, I just hope he will learn to help himself now.

    Good luck.

  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #11

    jim and tom toon u r both complete wankers 2 be honest, th blokes a legend, without a doubt the best english footballer ever, and one of the funniest blokes iv ever met, he needs all the help he can get, not a couple of arseholes like you slaggin him off

  • Tanya Toon

    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #12

    Can’t beleive people take the attitude of jim and tom toon. He is sick it is an illness, my cousin Lucy-june passed away with alcholism. Do you think he wants to be like this?
    It is a fine line between enjoying a few drinks to being an alky. I hope you feel bad about yersells.Well wrote Davies a man with compassion.

  • Eric

    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #13

    Gazza has got to recognise that people want to help him. He has also got to realise he has got to help himself as well. It is a lonely condition he is suffering from. Speaking as an ex-mental nurse I must say that this time he has got to go on a section where he stays in – preferably in Geordie land somewhere, with his own people. But laddie it has got be no more booze for the rest of your days! You have my best wishes. Come on Gazza – why waste your life when you can look forward to seeing NUFC win the EPL one day?

  • Frankieboy

    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #14

    Gazza was misguided and misdirected thro many years of his career which have somewhat led him to his present troubles, although he himself is not entirely blameless.
    Davies (post 5) is correct, his biggest enemy is himself and treatment needs to be long term possibly life long.
    We know he has been a fool to himself at times but lets hope he gets the ongoing help he so desperately needs.

  • Tanya Toon

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #15

    Well said Geordie Nick a proper man.

  • Frankieboy

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Were you a psychiatric nurse or just a nurse who was mental, you are right he needs treatment close to home.

  • Tanya Toon

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #17

    Ha ha frankisboy that was a snorter.

  • ObaFan2

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #18

    GAZZZAAAAAAA, get well soon m8.

    daft as a brush but we still love ya.

  • John

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #19

    Geordie Nick could’nt agree more with you mate…What kind off newcastle SOPPORTERS are these guys

    Get well soon Gazz..hope you come out the other side

  • Billy from Consett

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #20

    Maybe he was THE most gifted player with the most natural talent of any Newcastle player ever.

    Unfortunately, that ability has been the only reason why most fair-minded people give him the breaks after breaks he had all his life.

    The guy is now mentally ill as well as being a non-compliant alcoholic, with few real fiends I’d guess. That’s because to have friends, you have to be one.

    I’m sorry, but he burned his bridges a long time ago – he left us when a London club came calling and NEVER came back.

    Yes, I’m hard and have little sympathy, but as a person, what has he done for anybody other than himself.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #21

    Takes a weak man to turn to alcohol.

    More sense from Billy there.

  • Ian

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #22

    I am a big Gazza fan, like his humour and his attitude when he played.

    He needs to take the tougher option this time, even if it involves four years in something similar to a jail then that is what he must do otherwise he is going to go the way of George Best.

    Then he can come back clean and take his place on TV, be teetotal and be a pain to everyone who still drinks-maybe head up the next government campaign against drink.

    Last chance Gazza – if you are lucky.

  • Frankieboy

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #23

    Try me best Tanya.Was goin to ask him if he still has the uniform but thought best not to.

  • Frankieboy

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #24

    Tom Toon thats correct but it takes a stronger man to beat it.

  • Hadrian

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #25

    tom _toon , i’d rather you were not so ignorant when it comes to these issues, i’m not getting into it with you , but its a c**ts trick spouting some of the shiite you are.
    you obv have no f**king idea about the condition , or paul.
    please give it a rest mate , don’t wanna lose any more respect for you .

  • keeganpleasecomeback

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #26

    Dont know how many of you guys are old enough to remember the pure genius he was on a football field – pure class…Just shows that with fame and money it wont help if you got problems.
    The guy is mental – maybe thats why he was that good. LEGEND.
    It aint that easy to kill the bottle. not even if you are a millionaire

  • steve

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #27

    From what I’ve heard he’s turned down help from every corner – he has a huge drink and drugs problem and needs to be sectioned asap. This is the only way that one to one counseling can be forced upon him, he was a great footballer but is now just a shell of the child he was

  • geoffo

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #28

    I’m asking myself where are all the hangers on who surrounded him at the height of his fame? Where are the tabloid press who exploited his fame for all it was worth, couldn’t they be portraying him in a better light?? Campaigning for his long term help and support that he so obviously needs. Sadly the Jims of this world are all too familliar and it’s a sign of the times that comments like these are being made, these are the same people who support Joey Barton for beating someone up for little more than looking at him the wrong way. I wish you supported a different team I really do.

  • HeronMag

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #29

    Some of the vitriol being spouted on this site astounds me.

    Look at the picture lads. One of the greatest footballers of the 20th century being carted into a mental hospital. It’s tragic.

    Maybe he is accountable for his mistakes – but come on lads look at him. He’s paying the price for his past transgressions.

    He needs people behind him. I don’t care how many times he rejects help – he obviously is in no state to make good decisions.

    I hope Paul realises just how much the public still care for him and hope he makes a full recovery.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #30

    I hope Paul realises all his misakes!

    Obviously me and Jim would like to see him better but we shall still point out it is basically all his fault and he not deserves but shall have to incur the consequences.

  • Jim

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #31

    Without going in to my own family history, I’ve a lot of experience in this area and I’m afraid that any alchoholics advice group will tell you the same thing. You’ve got to walk away and let them decide for themselves. it’s the only way. If they die, they die.

    As for the abuse. Shove it right up ya. The man was a good footballer. That’s it. He was a clown who was easily led. As a man, he is failing. I don’t wish him harm but it’s very tiring to hear sycophants slaver over a retired sportsman with a death wish.

    People are ready to call me names for my opinion but what would any of you do to help him? Have him locked up and pay someone else to care? It’s his family that need our help as they have to deal with this and have no choice.

  • Frankieboy

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #32

    Gazza craves being liked and loved by everyone.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #33

    Aye Jim, if it a choice you can scrutinise it how you like.

  • Frankieboy

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #34

    There comes a time when harsh factual criticism is required and may inspire a solution and and all these guys are saying is that in their opinion that time is upon Gazza.
    Cruel to be kind, tough love and all that. it may be only option left but if it has desired effect it could save his life.

  • Bill F

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #35

    If he can be rehabilitated and it doesn’t look promising he would be the ideal man to show the dangers of alcohol and drugs (although I don’t know if he is on them, they often go together) to others who think it’s fun to p*ss their life away. Some people are more surceptible to booze (something to do with the brains chemical balance I believe, although there is now a counter opinion to this) trouble is they don’t often know till it is too late and a habit has been established and then they will deny it. Look at George Best he couldn’t give it up even though he had a new liver and every reason and motivation to do so.

    He is actually from my home town of Dunston and although I never knew him he would happily have a kick about in the local park with some of the youngsters including my nieces son even though he was a big star, obviously he had an ego but he wasn’t as far as I know a bighead.
    Although it is going to take a lot more I wish him the best of luck.

  • magpieranger

    Jun 2, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #36

    I think the world of the Guy. The warning signs have been there for years but none of his so called mates did owt about it and were happy to hang on and pick up the freebies.
    I remember watching a documentary about his time in China and thought his dad & 5 bellies were complete knobs, they left Gazza alone in China while they pissed it up in Hong Kong. When they did turn up they were drinking in front of him when he was supposed to be on the waggon. You just want to put your arms around him and help him out but I know from experience that he is probably too far down the line to be helped.

  • Nobby's Dad

    Jun 2, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #37

    I remember the first time I saw Gazza play at SJP in about his 5 th game – against Spurs. It was like the first time you fall in love!! My heart pumped and I was lost for words!

    17 yrs old it just took your breath away. 17 and taking the ball off senior players to take free kicks etc. He wanted to do everything and he could.

    Oh what we’d give for a talent like that at the Toon now. Like the great George Best it’s all self inflicted but to me this fact makes the situation even sadder.

    For all the joy genius’s like Best /Gazza gave football I will always have great sympathy for them. I just pray he can get help as it appears to be almost too late.

  • Shanghaitoon

    Jun 2, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #38

    There’s a very fine line between genius and insanity. this is well documented. Some manage to stay on the right side of the line whilst others fall off the edge. There’s no doubt Gazza was a genius on the field – Genius is not just in the head! But unfortunately the pressures of the lifestyle have pushed him off the edge… He is one of our own and he brought Geordie pride to the region when he was at his peak. He deserves help and in his current state is probably unable to help himself right now. Those of you saying its his own fault… well its not really! I think every one of us fans who idolised him and put him so high up on the pedestal are also partly to blame for falling to his current condition. The pressures of trying to remain at the top under constant media coverage and with no privacy were just too much. Maybe he’s not perfect, he’s human like all of as and none of us are infallible either, its just that he’s been more in the public eye that any of us. He’s made mistakes like all of us have… now he needs our help and support, not for us to say I told you so.

    Come on lads and lasses give our own the support he needs when he’s down. Don’t kick him any more…

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 2, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #39

    All the best Gazza!..
    …Hope y’can pull it ’round man!..

    …Btw Ed, that pic is Kings Cross not Herts!..Lol!..

  • Jim

    Jun 2, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #40

    Look, I’m not kicking him. Help him? HOW?

    That’s my point. How exactly do you help him? Give him a choice and he’ll drink to unconsciousness. So, lock him up, eh? For how long this time.

    There’s so many here that keep saying ‘Gazza needs help.’ The fact is that he’s had it all and look at him.

    Gazza is past anybody else’s help. All that’s left for him is to help himself.


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