Gazza is a Claret

Last updated : 16 March 2002 By Tony Scholes

New signing Paul Gascoigne with Ian Wright
The national press were full of it this morning, they must have picked up on my thoughts on Clarets Mad yesterday when I said, "Something just makes me think that we will see him in a Claret and Blue shirt by the time we get to Bramall Lane next week".

There were supposedly sightings of Gazza in the Burnley area last night but still nothing confirmed until Everton Football Club issued a statement earlier this morning that read, "Paul Gascoigne's Everton career is over after the midfield maverick agreed to head for a Goodison exit and join Premiership hopefuls Burnley". It is all confirmed and Gazza is now a Claret for the rest of the season having joined us on a free transfer.

Had we not signed Ian Wright a couple of years ago then this would have been the biggest coup ever by Burnley Football Club. It is on a par with the Ian Wright signing other than the fact that we have known about it for approaching a fortnight and we haven't quite been hit with the same shock.

He is set to make his first Turf Moor appearance tomorrow although he won't be able to play but he will surely be in the squad on Wednesday for the visit of Bradford City although we do hear that there is a forecast of dense fog for Wednesday in an attempt to stop the game being played.

We don't need to tell you about his career, we all know that he has played for Newcastle, Spurs, Lazio, Rangers, Middlesbrough and Everton. We all know he was a vital member of the England side and won 57 full caps. Everyone will remember his performances in the 1990 World Cup when England reached the semi-final when he was just 23 and what a pity it was that we didn't qualify in 1994 when he was reaching his peak.

We all know about his private life because it has never been allowed to remain private and we all know that he is more than game for a laugh. He is also an exceptional footballing talent and you really do have to start pinching yourself regarding the goings on at Turf Moor these days. I was reading all the press from the Wright signing again last night and still find it so difficult to believe that it really happened – and now Gazza.

I think the highlight of his career has to be the insult to Lindisfarne and the recording of ‘Fog on the Tyne' but please Gazza just stick to playing football and don't start singing to us.

You can expect to get a wonderful reception from the passionate Burnley fans and I'm sure you will agree that it would be nice to end the season with a victory at the Millennium Stadium.

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