Rangers legend Paul Gascoigne makes goalscoring return in Pavel Srnicek tribute game


Paul Gascoigne made a goalscoring return to football as he lined up for a Newcastle United legends team to pay tribute to the late Pavel Srnicek.

The Rangers legend showed glimpses of his old magic as he turned out in Gateshead against Felling Old Boys and said he was “feeling good after the match.

The ex-Ibrox midfielder started his career at Newcastle playing alongside Srineck, who passed away in December 2015.

Gazza played 15 minutes of the opening half and returned after the break to find the back of the net.

The big match was played out in front of a near 500-strong crowd who only found out he would be involved 90 minutes or so before the kick off, reports the Newcastle Chronicle.


But that was enough time for many fans to get down to the former Tottenham star’s hometown to see Gazza in action in the 2017 Pav Cup, played in memory of legendary goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek.

And Gascoigne, who spent three years at Rangers, told the Chronicle: “Every time I come back home it puts a smile on my face.

“I’m thinking about moving back home. I think I’ve had enough of Bournemouth now!

“It’s lovely to come back. I just love coming back and hearing Geordie accent again.


“Even when I got the train back the guy who was serving the tea went: ‘Areet wor Gazza!’.

“It’s always nice to come back and as I say I’m thinking of moving back.”

Gazza will be back in Newcastle next month for a talk-in at St James’ Park when another packed house will turn up in their droves to see the player regarded one of the best players in the world in the nineties.

The former United star said: “St James’ Park is a great place for me because it’s where I started my career.


“I’ll be giving a talk-in – I’ve done a few before but to do it at the stadium is nice.

“It’s a chance to have bit of banter with the fans.”

Other club favourites in action included Peter Beardsley, Keith Gillespie, Darren Peacock, Steve Harper and Steve Howey.

With such names on show, the result was never in doubt.

The legends won 7-1 with Gillespie bagging a hat-trick and Harper, Paul Robinson and Beardsley also troubling the referee’s pen.

He said: “I’ve always had a special affinity with the people up here.


“At Dunston, they named a stand the ‘Gazza stand’ in 1990.

“I was delighted to see it was packed and then able to have a little run around to see if I still had it!”

Gazza played around 40 minutes of the 80-minute exhibition game and still showed he had the skills and that knack of pleasing the crowd.

He even weighed in with a goal late in the second half before leaving the field to rich applause.

Gazza reflected: “I miss football badly, even at my age.


“It’s a nice turnout and I enjoyed it. That is always the main thing.

“It was for Pavel really and to raise money for charity.

“It’s good to see a few old team-mates. I’m feeling good and enjoying life.

“I heard about the game so I rang Peter Beardsley up and told him I’d come along and enjoy it and see the lads.”


Gazza’s nephew Cameron was also in action for Newcastle and impressed during a big win for the United XI.

Gascoigne junior showed some neat touches and set up a goal for Steve Harper to open the scores.

His uncle said: “He’s still a young kid and he enjoys that.

“He’s at Wallsend and he’s enjoying it, I went to watch him train.

“I don’t think he was born when I was playing but it’s good to have the chance to play together.”

Those gathered for the match held a minute’s applause in honour of Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery.

This was the second Pav Cup, in honour of the Newcastle goalkeeper Srnicek.

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