Paul Gascoigne Against Drink Ban – But He’s Doing Great!

Former Newcastle and England great, Paul Gascoigne, has come out today and surprisingly said that football clubs should not stop players from drinking.


Paul Gascoigne – looks great again – but against drink ban

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has said he will ban alcohol following Ledley King’s arrest for an alleged assault outside a London nightclub the other night, which has brought the player and the Spurs club into disrepute.

Of course Paul has had his own battles with alcohol, and has a bad year last year but we are delighted that Paul seems to be getting his life back together again – and you can be sure if Newcastle can save their season, he’ll be even happier.

Paul is one of the most skillful players ever to come out of Newcastle, and although he was a great player, he still didn’t quite fulfill his enormous potential.

Paul thinks players are under enormous pressure and need to relax, as he talked today about the Ledley King affair:

“It’s a little lesson for Ledley King. That’s OK. He’ll learn from that, there’s not a problem, leave the kid alone. What can you do?”

There’s nothing wrong with that at all if it’s controlled, but once players start drinking too much, like Paul did, it becopmes a huge problem for them.

The old adage of everything in moderation – is so true.

Gascoigne has long fought a public battle with alcohol and drugs, and he’s right to say there are pressures on modern day footballers, but given the money the earn, why wouldn’t there be?  

There are significant pressure on business executives too, who don’t get anywhere near the wages these footballers make, and yet have  enormous responsibilities compared to what players do, that’s for sure.

Paul continued:

“Now there’s twice as many paparazzis, I’ve got followed today all day from nine o’clock. Four paparazzi would not leave us alone and you’re going to get that now. It’s just how you cope with them.”

“Players are under a lot of pressure, sometimes they need to relax. In Holland some players smoke after games, not many English players smoke. They get provoked like I was provoked.”  

Paul Gascoigne went on to mention some top players and personaltieis who have coped well with their stardom, such as Gary Lineker and new Newcastle manager, Alan Shearer.

Paul added:

“I enjoyed my time. Sometimes people don’t leave me alone to get on with my life. Sometimes it gets too much.”

“I’m doing well. I’m happy the way life’s going for us at the moment, as long as I keep it like that. The support I’m getting from the public is fantastic.”

“I’m trying to make up for what I lost in 2008, which was a bad year for me.” “Now I’m trying to pull it back by doing the right things and trying to help other people.”

“The people that helped me – and try and re-pay them back for the help they gave me.”

One good reason we wanted to put out this story is that we’d heard Paul was now doing a lot lot better, after having had a terrible year last year, when he looked almost down and out, and was even said to be close to suicide.

Whether Paul likes it or not, the man is always going to be loved and supported, for what he did in football, and it’s not a disgrace to show human failings, because let’s face it – we all have them.  It’s getting past them where the victory lies.

We sincerely hope Paul continues his recovery, in which he’s shown significant courage, and we hope to see him at Newcastle’s Premier League games next season. 😀

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • stevep

    May 13, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m not sure redknapp can actually implement a total non drinking ban – where do you draw the line, a glass of wine over dinner??
    Players will only go behind the managers back, lets face it they’ve refused to have compulsory drug tests as per other sports so can hardly see them agreeing to a total drinks ban
    however it shouldnt be to difficult to heavily fine / drop players staying out till 3/4 in the morning and turning up for training hungover, not sure they would drop Rooney, Gerrard etc tho if they stepped over the line

  • Toon Graeme

    May 13, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #2

    There is always gonna be footballers, booze, slappers, drugs and shenanigans. Tell me it doesnt happen and I dont beleive you.

    Anyone see shamless last night – that sort of back up what I am saying.

  • Hugh Jorgan

    May 13, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #3

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  • workyticket

    May 13, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #4

    “There are significant pressure on business executives too, who don’t get anywhere near the wages these footballers make,”

    No Ed they business exectutives get paid ALOT MORE at the highest level when you count thier share options, and you know that Ed!

    As for the drinking, two of the greatest players ever to grace the English game, Jimmy Greaves and George Best spent their whole careers playing while completely pickled. Also, my friend once saw Tony Adams on his hands and knees vomiting on the pavement the night before a game!

  • Rodzilla

    May 13, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #5

    It’s impossible to stop players drinking FFS, what’s Redknapp on?! I don’t have a problem with it as long as they don’t turn up for training (or matches) hungover.

    Footballers deserve to take their own money wherever they want, and if that’s down the road to self-destruction then so be it. As human beings we all have the capability of restraint, footballers are no different.

    ….”but once players start drinking too much, like Paul did, it becomes a huge problem for them”

    …as it would anyone Ed, when you can get a 2litre bottle of paint-stripping cider for a quid, earning 50k shouldn’t make footballers any more likely to turn into alcoholics. Stardom or poverty we all have a choice. Good luck to Paul in his personal battle anyway.

    Players will ALWAYS get caught with their proverbial pants down anyway, booze or no booze.

    …”Players are under a lot of pressure, sometimes they need to relax. In Holland some players smoke after games”

    …as Edgar Davids would say “yesh, itsh really good for the Glaucoma you know”


  • Rodzilla

    May 13, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #6

    btw, I don’t think that’s a recent photo Ed. He looked skeletal on MotD2 a couple of weeks ago. Didn’t look too great to me at all. All the best to him though, the more he’s on telly and keeping himself occupied, the better.

  • Rodzilla

    May 13, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Hugh Jorgan // May 13, 2009 at 12:39 PM —3

    I find it difficult to get my head ’round why someone as young as you probably are, would choose the lead singer of a prehistoric ‘rock’ band as the name for your ‘brute’ (?)

    I’m guessing you’re still at school by your keenness with this ‘game’ and lack of relevant blog input, in which case you should be listening to far better sh1t than Status Quo!

  • stk85

    May 13, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #8

    in my opinion, i think sacrificing drinking is a small price to pay to be top of your game. a non drinker will obviously perform better than a drinker. milner and couple of others (smith possibly?) are teetotal if i remember correctly, coz in jimmys words, they’ve got the rest of their lives after playing to experience getting drunk.

    i think harry redknapp was spot on with his rule changes. these players get paid extortionate amounts of money and the least they can do to show they will give it their all is sacrifice the right to a drink. surely this will help them maintain physical peak for longer and prolong their careers. or does it matter when ur a sportsperson at that level?

    sports ppl in the uni days were always the heaviest drinkers mind! far more than one glass of red to keep the ticker goin!!!

    sod the quo man, whack the led out, or bit of creedence, especially on a sunny day like this!

  • Whumpie

    May 13, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #9

    Hang on a minute…

    All the best to Paul, but he’s making excuses for himself here. The day you see drinking as a valid method for counteracting day-to-day stress is the day you become an alcoholic, and he damn well knows it.

    Of course you can’t totally enforce a complete ban for players – but that is not what Redknapp is after doing. He knows you can’t be picky about how much and when – it has to be black and white. So you impose a total ban, and only take action against anyone who heads out and gets smashed. Those are the people who don’t deserve 7-figure wages or a starting place in any premiership team.

    These guys are paid a huge amount more than olympic athletes who wouldn’t dream of touching a drop during season, because they know it reduces their performance. There are no excuses for getting hammered when you’re supposed to be training soon after – even days after.

    One reason I’m so glad to see the back of Barton isn’t just his jail term or jobbishness: it’s that he thought it was ok to go out until 4am, eat junk food and drink a dozen pints during season. The man just does not deserve a job at the top level, because he isn’t prepared to make the appropriate sacrefices.

  • chuck

    May 13, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #10

    If the man had half a brain he would keep his mouth shut.
    Geordie hero ? unlike Shearer who turned down Man U. he jumped at the first chance to leave.
    An idiot savant, who`s tremendous footballing skills were matched by a total lack of common sense.
    On the subject of alcohol he is an expert, as a spokesperson an idiot .

  • Widowmaker

    May 13, 2009 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #11

    I feel sorry for Paul but the only way for top footballers to do what ever they like is to find another job. Most ppl would swap what they are doing with those players if given the chance and Paul seems don’t understand it even after his retirement. Grow up.

  • Hugh de Payen

    May 15, 2009 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #12

    To be honest I’m not convinced about drinking bans and whatnot.

    Footballers have the same responsinility as the rest of us: to turn up for work on time and put in a good day’s work.

    Maybe, because of their highly public profiles, they also have a responsibility not to bring the club into disrepute.

    But as long as they do those things, I can’t see the problem with them having a night out.

    Most footballers can enjoy a night out and a few drinks without getting into trouble. Why punish them for the irresponsible acts of a few idiots?

    Better to deal with the trouble-makers directly IMHO.


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