DOCUMENTARY REVIEW - Gascoigne, Monday Movie Club at South Holland Centre, Spalding

Paul Gascoigne (with Teddy Sheringham) after scoring for England against Scotland at Wembley Stadium in the 1996 European Championships.  Photo by Neil Munns/PA Wire.
Paul Gascoigne (with Teddy Sheringham) after scoring for England against Scotland at Wembley Stadium in the 1996 European Championships. Photo by Neil Munns/PA Wire.
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Everyone thinks they know everything there is to know about football icon, one-time pop star and fallen idol Paul Gascoigne.

Everyone thinks they know everything there is to know about football icon, one-time pop star and fallen idol Paul Gascoigne.

Paul Gascoigne is the special one

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

The former BBC Sports Personality of the Year, after his “Tears in Turin” display at the 1990 World Cup in Italy, became the pioneer of what English football has become today.

Gascoigne, a unique and poignant journey through “Gazza’s” life, drew a larger than normal audience for Spalding’s regular Monday Movie Club hosted by Act II Theatre Company co-director Karl Gernert.

At least 30 people watched Jane Preston’s sentimental, yet searing account of the sometimes misunderstood, sometimes badly advised Gateshead-born poster boy for football’s best and worst bits in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

England captain and new record goalscorer Wayne Rooney, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and former international team-mate, now TV presenter Gary Lineker all gave their opinions on Gascoigne’s rise and fall.

In Mourinho’s words “Paul Gascoigne is the special one”.

But this documentary exposed the horrible truth about the fallibility of fame.

Review by Winston Brown