BBC BLOGS - Newsnight: Michael Crick
« Previous | Main | Next »

Gazza goal not favourite

Michael Crick | 21:19 UK time, Tuesday, 22 July 2008

gazza.jpgOne of the prime minister's advisers has ticked me off for saying in my film for Newsnight last Friday that Paul Gascoigne's famous goal for England against Scotland in the 1996 European Championship was Gordon Brown's "favourite football moment".

This is "a common myth," the adviser tells me. "I thought you'd know this is rubbish." He continues:

"Gordon was asked by a newspaper before the 2006 World Cup whether he'd ever been to an England match. He said that he'd been to several. He was then asked what was the 'most memorable' England match he'd been to. He named two. First, the Euro '96 game against Scotland because of the fantastic atmosphere at Wembley, with McAllister's penalty miss for Scotland followed by Gascoigne's great goal for England. Second, the qualifying game for France '98 between England and Italy in Rome, again because of the atmosphere and tension of the game.

"The paper chose to say that his "favourite England memory" was Gascoigne's goal against Scotland. This was refuted by us immediately afterwards and has been many times since."

I happily stand corrected.



BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.