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Vinnie Jones and Gazza finally open up about THAT ball grab in 1988

30 years on from one of football's most iconic photos, the pair caught up with talkSPORT to discuss how the day unravelled.

It’s a picture to make men everywhere wince. We’ve all seen it, haven’t we?

The infamous ‘grab’ from Vinnie Jones on a 17-year-old Paul Gascoigne is one of the most iconic images in English football history.

Now, after over 30 years of silence, the two sat down face-to-face with talkSPORT to discuss the incident.


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After some special treatment only the ex-Wimbledon hardman can provide throughout a game, Gascoigne asked: “Are you getting a hundred quid for this?”

Not to be outdone, Jones said of the incident: “I just grabbed him, and it was spot on. It weren’t no fiddling about.

“He had a bit of luncheon on him, the boy, to be fair at 17.”

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Since the incident, Gazza has clearly been asked a lot about the sincerity of his face as he’s being grabbed by Jones.

But he claims his emotion was all genuine, claiming: “No-one makes a face like that unless he’s grabbing your knackers!”

It’s great to see the two share a laugh, clearly there are no more hard feelings…

To hear Vinnie Jones and Gazza in the second part of their interview, listen to talkSPORT on Sunday 30 September at 8pm here.


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