RANGERS legend Paul Gascoigne will be inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame on Sunday 21st October, at this year’s annual dinner at Hampden Park.
Nominated by the public, then selected by an expert panel from across the Scottish sport media, ‘Gazza’ will be amongst five inductees to be honoured at this year’s black-tie event. It was previously announced that Scotland’s all-time top goalscorer Julie Fleeting will be one of this year’s inductees. The three further inductees will be announced at the dinner in October.
Paul Gascoigne lit up Scottish Football at Rangers FC after joining the club in 1995 and becoming a major part of the club’s history in helping Rangers equalling Celtic in achieving 9 league titles in a row. Following impressive displays for England at the 1990 FIFA World Cup and a memorable free kick for Tottenham Hotspur against Arsenal in the 1991 FA Cup Semi Final, Gazza moved to Lazio for a British transfer record (reported at £5.5m) in 1992. After a series of injuries curtailed his time in Italian football, Paul moved to Ibrox where the club had just secured their seventh successive league title. Gazza would be instrumental in securing the eighth and record equalling ninth championships.
In his debut season in Scotland Paul was voted Scottish Player of the Year. At Euro ’96, Gazza scored an incredible goal against Scotland at Wembley, audaciously flicking the ball over Scotland Captain Colin Hendry then slotting it beyond his Rangers teammate Andy Goram. Gazza is undoubtedly one of the biggest and most controversial characters to ever play in Scottish football but also one of the most talented footballers to have graced the football pitches of Scotland.
Above: Paul Gascoigne playing for Rangers.
Scottish football fans from across the world nominated the players, managers and officials whom they thought should be recognised for their contribution to Scottish football. The amassed public nominations were then considered by an expert panel from football and the media, who had the difficult task of whittling them down to just five for inclusion this year.
The inductees of the Scottish Football Hall of Fame are those truly great players, managers and officials who have reached the pinnacle of their profession and have made a significant contribution to Scottish football through their skill, spirit and determination.
The tables for this year’s annual dinner on Sunday 21st October can be secured by calling 0141 620 4040 or visiting sfmhalloffame.co.uk.