25 Jan 1967
David Ginola is a French born footballer who was part of Kevin Keegan’s Entertainers side that graced the Premier League in the 1990’s but ultimately failed to win any silverware. His 7 goals in 75 games for Newcastle United tell nothing of his influence over the Magpies side of it’s time and is seen by some as the greatest Frenchmen ever to pull on the black and white shirt. Bought from PSG for a mere £2.5m in 1995 and his team would go on to finish second that season behind Manchester United by just 4 points. This was the season that United had been 10 points clear in January, so despite being their best league finish for decades, there was a huge sense of disappointment that Newcastle hadn’t seen the season through. Despite an approach from Sir Bobby Robson at Barcelona, Ginola stayed another season, now linking up with Alan Shearer who arrived for a world record £15m. But that season will ill-fated, and with Keegan walking and Dalglish replacing his, the Frenchman’s days were numbered. Well before his time then he would leave Newcastle for Spurs in 1997 to the dismay of many at the club, having come so close to finally breaking the drought of silverware during his time. At Spurs he went on to play a pivotal role, winning League Cup in 1999. Capped 17 times for his country he also had a brief career in acting and politics before recovering from a major heart attack in 2016, falling unconscious during a charity football match the lead to a coma and 6 hours of heart surgery. Gratefully he recovered fully and was ofter seen as a football pundit in the years after his recovery.