You Ask The Questions: Gary McAllister – 'Vinnie Jones showed me around Leeds in a limo – and I was replacing him'

Gary McAllister
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Gary McAllister strolls into the hotel bar, looking as if he could play a top-flight game tomorrow. Fit, relaxed, happy and enthusiastic to talk about his trophy-laden career, he notices a spoon on the table. “Oh, I know what that’s for,” he laughs. “Uri bloody Geller!”

He may have won the English league, the UEFA Cup, the FA Cup, the League Cup and 59 Scotland caps, represented his country at three major tournaments and collected an MBE, but McAllister will long be remembered as the man who missed that penalty at Euro 96 – allegedly thanks to a self-proclaimed psychic. The 51-year-old recalls, “Uri texted me once to say he could help my team win as he felt bad for what he’d done to me at Wembley. Weird.”

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Leo Moynihan

Leo Moynihan has been a freelance football writer and author for over 20 years. As well as contributing to FourFourTwo for all of that time, his words have also appeared in The Times, the Sunday Telegraph, the Guardian, Esquire, FHM and the Radio Times. He has written a number of books on football, including ghost projects with the likes of David Beckham and Andrew Cole, while his last two books, The Three Kings and Thou Shall Not Pass have both been recognised by the Sunday Times Sports Book of the Year awards.