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One Of The "Crazy Gang" Recalls His Half-Time Punch-Up With Vinnie Jones

One Of The "Crazy Gang" Recalls His Half-Time Punch-Up With Vinnie Jones

Terry Gibson is an ex-pro with plenty of stories.

The former Spurs, Coventry City and Manchester United man can now be found covering Spanish football for Sky Sports. In a two-part conversation with Graham Hunter of The Big Interview, he provided us with some insight into Ron Atkinson's absurd managerial reign with United.

When Gibson ultimately wasn't part of Alex Ferguson's plans for the club going forward, the London-born Gibson found himself at Wimbledon.

Joining in 1987, Gibson was in a prime position to witness the fabled 'Crazy Gang' at first hand.

With players like Vinnie Jones, Dennis Wise and John Fashanu, it was a group full of 'characters', to say the least.

Describing the build up to their shock FA Cup win in 1988, Gibson highlighted a match against Newcastle United that somehow managed to fuse a tremendously disparate squad of individuals together.

Before that game with Newcastle, Jones had been tasked with the job of marking a young English maverick out of the game. Forever the professional, Jones was determined to keep Newcastle's Paul Gascoigne very, very quiet:

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From the first minute on, Vinnie just let rip.

It was funny really, because it was silly things really. You could hear it, and Gazza was giving as good as he got. It wasn't jovial, it was sledging.

Vinnie would take our throws and this was the only time he would leave Gazza, and he'd say, 'you, fat boy, you stay there until I come back.'

While this was all good and well, Gibson's recollection of what happened when half-time came is a little more brutal - and far less jovial still:

At half-time, Vinnie is pumped up and we're coming down the tunnel. Now, in Plough Lane the tunnel was single file - it was so small.

So, you're walking down this concrete tunnel, your studs are slipping on it if you're not careful. At the end of it there's a dead end, left is their changing-room, right is ours, and straight in front is a brick wall.

And Vinnie just slammed Gazza into the brick wall.

When Gibson saw this, perhaps as yet unawares of the omerta that seemed to operate within Wimbledon at this time, he pulled Jones away; an action that the Welsh international didn't appreciate:

Vinnie went absolutely berserk about not touching him, don't be going against the pack and all that rubbish.

Leading to a punch-up right there in their own changing-room, it was only when Gibson would later be the one leading a scrap in a match shortly thereafter that the "pack" would accept him as one of their own.

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