Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

An Invite to Pop Queen's Big Bash; PARTY: Madonna

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

An Invite to Pop Queen's Big Bash; PARTY: Madonna

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BILL NICHOLSON, the creator of push and run, taught Tottenham to play Total Football long before the Dutch laid claim to its patent.

Joe Kinnear was brought up in the purest of soccer academies, but at Wimbledon, where needs must, he built a Crazy Gang which intimidated opposition and charged up the Premier League to heights they had no right to scale.

And the leader of Joe's gang on the field was Vinnie Jones, who went from midfield enforcer to Hollywood tough guy actor.

Why, Kinnear even ended up at Madonna's birthday party. But more of that later.

On the subject of Wimbledon, Joe shrugged: "We were only supposed to be a long ball team who muscled the opposition out of it, but we sold a pile of our players to big clubs for big money.

"Newcastle bought two -Kevin Keegan took Warren Barton and Bobby Robson signed Carl Cort. The pair got us pounds 12m out of United's coffers."

Vinnie, too, went on to play for Chelsea and Leeds and was capped by Wales. …

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