It’s the stuff of folklore among Newcastle United fans. The moment when Keith Gillespie and then-captain Alan Shearer had a booze-fuelled dust-up in Dublin.
Although Shearer has shared his version of events in the past, the details have been quite unclear.
What appears to have happened is that the Newcastle team had been on the sauce for hours in Dublin, when Gillespie and Shearer had a disagreement over some smashed glasses.
Sensing that he didn’t have a chance in a fistfight with Shearer, Gillespie thought it would be a good idea to wallop the former England captain when he wasn’t looking. It didn’t end well for Gillespie.
Here’s his version of events, as told to the Daily Mail:
“We were all around a big table playing drinking games,’ Gillespie said. “I was losing. I knocked some cutlery over and Alan told me to pick it up. I said, “F*** off. Outside now”.
“I was walking out in front of Alan thinking, ‘I’ve got no chance here, just get the first punch in at least’.
“I thought I’d swung and missed, Alan says I actually clipped him but it couldn’t have been much if I did, because he swung once and caught me on the side of the head and I fell and hit a plant pot.
“The lads all ran out and there was blood everywhere. The next thing I knew, I’d woken up in hospital. Rob Lee told Steve Howey to sort it out, just give the police a story, because Alan was England captain.
“Steve got back to the hotel and said to Rob it was all OK, he’d told the police I was the victim of a hit-and-run driver… so now the Guards are running around Dublin looking for some fella who has knocked me over.”
The moral of the story? Don’t mess with Alan Shearer.