GOOD, BAD & UGLY

Ex-New­cas­tle midfielder Ian Bo­gie on life along­side Gazza

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Chris Dunlavy

PUR­SUED by ev­ery club in Eng­land, Ian Bo­gie was the most tal­ented kid on Ty­ne­side and seem­ingly set for a stel­lar ca­reer at his beloved New­cas­tle United.

Then Paul Gas­coigne came along. Close mates as kids, they be­came ri­vals for a sin­gle place in the Toon mid­field – and we all know what hap­pened next.

Gazza be­came an in­ter­na­tional su­per­star, mov­ing to Spurs be­fore win­ning the hearts of the world at Italia 90.

Bo­gie made just a hand­ful of ap­pear­ances be­fore forg­ing a solid ca­reer in the lower leagues with the likes of Mill­wall, Pre­ston and Port Vale, later en­joy­ing a hugely suc­cess­ful stint in charge of Gateshead.

Here he tells us who was his finest team-mate (you can prob­a­bly guess), which un­sung hero ran his legs off – and why cut­ting his ties with St James’ was the hard­est mo­ment of his life.

FIRST CLUB

New­cas­tle. I signed a six-year con­tract when I was 14. I’d played for Eng­land school­boys and, with­out be­ing im­mod­est, I was prob­a­bly the most sought-af­ter young­ster in the area.

I’d gone to train with As­ton Villa, West Brom, Burn­ley, Chelsea, Sun­der­land – I’d been all over the coun­try and had of­fers right, left and cen­tre.

But, be­ing a mad New­cas­tle sup­porter, I was prob­a­bly wast­ing their time. New­cas­tle could have of­fered me a six-week con­tract and I’d still have cho­sen them.

I’d grown up in the East End of New­cas­tle, watch­ing the teams of the late 70s. It was al­ways my dream to play for them.

Look­ing back, it’s amaz­ing to think what would have hap­pened to me now. These days, you’ve got kids who haven’t even played a game and they’re al­ready mil­lion­aires.The con­tracts are fright­en­ing.

BEST MAN­AGER

For man-man­age­ment, John Rudge at Port Vale. He just had a way of speak­ing to play­ers that won re­spect and got the best out of peo­ple.

In terms of tac­tics and train­ing meth­ods – as a pure coach – I’d go with Bruce Rioch at Mill­wall in the early 90s.

BEST TEAM-MATE

Who do you think? Gazza. We joined as ap­pren­tices, grew up to­gether. He was my room-mate and stayed with me many, many times.

Of that youth team, nine went on to play in the first-team at New­cas­tle. We were all street foot­ballers who learned our trade on the ter­races and parks.

And it’s funny, be­cause while Gazza was a smash­ing player, I never thought he was spec­tac­u­larly bet­ter than ev­ery­one else.

But Jack Charl­ton took a shine to him, gave him a chance to show what he could do. He seized it and went from strength to strength.

Oddly enough, though, I only ac­tu­ally played with him once – in a 1-1 draw at QPR. Back then, it was deemed that you only had room for one ball-player in your mid­field. Willy McFall, the man­ager, wanted a dig­ger to scrap around so I missed out.

FIRST PRO­MO­TION

As a player, none. I had to wait un­til I was a man­ager at Gateshead. I took them from the UniBond Premier right through to the Con­fer­ence in suc­ces­sive sea­sons.

They were in the dol­drums when I got there. I’ll al­ways re­mem­ber the first time I went there, as an as­sis­tant to Tony Lee.

They played Burscough at home and I think there were 180 at Gateshead Sta­dium. Now they regularly get over 1,000, which just shows you how far they’ve come.

FUN­NI­EST PLAYER

I was at New­cas­tle as a young kid com­ing through and we had a left­back called John Bai­ley. He was a char­ac­ter al­right.

One of the fun­ni­est things I ever saw in­volved John. It was our Christ­mas do in Durham and the theme was fancy dress. John turned up and from the front it looked like he was wear­ing a po­lice­man’s uni­form, but the back end was cut away and he had a bra, sus­penders, the lot. We were driv­ing to the event in a minibus and he jumped out in New­cas­tle city cen­tre and started di­rect­ing traf­fic.

All these cars were screech­ing to a halt think­ing it was se­ri­ous. Then he’d turn around and give them a lit­tle wave. The lads in the bus were howl­ing with laugh­ter.

FUN­NI­EST IN­CI­DENT

Well, the above takes some beat­ing but I have to men­tion Gazza again. Some of his pranks were un­be­liev­able.

Once, we played Tot­ten­ham away and me and Gaz were room­ing to­gether. The ru­mour was I was go­ing to make my de­but, though it didn’t ac­tu­ally hap­pen in the end.

Any­way, I went down for break­fast in the morn­ing but Gazza didn’t bother. When I came back, he was wait­ing for me in the cor­ri­dor, shak­ing his head.

He said, ‘Lis­ten Bo­ges, I know you’re ner­vous about mak­ing your de­but but this is not on’. I said ‘What are you talk­ing about?’

He beck­oned me into our room and as we’re walk­ing in he’s shouted for the cleaner, who’s stand­ing there with all the tow­els and linen. Then he’s gone bang­ing on all the doors to wake the lads up.

He shouted, ‘Lads, come and look – Bo­ges has s*** the bed!’ He’d pulled the sheets back and smudged a packet of Ro­los all over them.

The cleaner was look­ing at me as if to say ‘You’re dis­gust­ing’ and I was left there say­ing ‘No, no, no’. The lads were killing them­selves.

BIG­GEST ACHIEVE­MENT

Play­ing for New­cas­tle. I’d grown up watch­ing the likes of Mal­colm Mac­Don­ald, Mickey Burns and to em­u­late them was my dream.

As a man­ager, it was tak­ing Gateshead into the Con­fer­ence and do­ing it play­ing football the right way.

LOW­EST MO­MENT

Leav­ing New­cas­tle at the age of 21. When Gazza left for Spurs, I thought I’d get my break. And although I did

play in a few games, I didn’t get the run I’d hoped. The club was strug­gling and it was thought that young play­ers couldn’t be trusted.

WIlly McFall left, then Jim Smith came in. He plumped for ex­pe­ri­ence too. I even­tu­ally got sick and agreed to leave in a swap deal with Gary Brazil at Pre­ston.

That was a mis­take. In hind­sight I should have stuck it out be­cause Jim was sacked a few months later and Ossie Ardiles came in and played all the young­sters.

TOUGH­EST PLACE TO GO

This is a tough one, but prob­a­bly Sun­der­land. I went there with Port Vale the sea­son they won the Cham­pi­onship.

They had Niall Quinn, Kevin Phillips, Lee Clark, Kevin Ball – ba­si­cally the side that fin­ished sev­enth in the Premier League.

They were on the crest of a wave and the sup­port be­hind them was in­tense. I think we got smashed 4-0 that day.

TOUGH­EST OP­PO­NENT

I had the good – or bad – for­tune to play against Ar­se­nal in the FA Cup in 1998, the year they did the dou­ble.

We ac­tu­ally did fan­tas­ti­cally well, draw­ing 0-0 at High­bury and then go­ing 1-0 up at Vale Park be­fore Dennis Bergkamp scored an ab­so­lute worldy.We even­tu­ally lost on penal­ties, and I missed one.

They had Martin Keown, Ian Wright, Em­manuel Petit, Mark Over­mars. But, for me, Pa­trick Vieira and Ray Par­lour were the stand­outs.

Yes, they were ter­rific foot­ballers but they were also tremen­dous ath­letes – their ath­leti­cism and run­ning power was a real eye opener for us.

FAVOURITE PLACE TO GO

It’s al­ways got to be St James’ Park, par­tic­u­larly when it’s full and jump­ing.

I only ac­tu­ally played there as an op­po­nent once – for Mill­wall the year they won the Cham­pi­onship un­der Kevin Kee­gan. We got a 1-1 draw which was pretty good.

AM­BI­TION

Just to get back into full-time football. I’m lucky that New­cas­tle have given me an op­por­tu­nity to work with the Un­der-14s and I’m re­ally en­joy­ing de­vel­op­ing these young lads.

But I’m still look­ing for some­thing more. I had a great time at Gateshead, achieved a lot. I’ve got a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence in terms of both play­ing and man­age­ment and I think that could be use­ful some­where.

Best team-mate: Paul Gas­coigne PARTY TIME: Gateshead celebrate pro­mo­tion to the Con­fer­ence Best man­ager: John Rudge Tough­est op­po­nents: Ray Par­lour and Pa­trick Vieira Big­gest Achiev­ment: Gateshead pro­mo­tions

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