1985: Ginola made a
name for himself as a blossoming teenager with Toulon, leading to
spells with Racing Paris and Brest in the French first division. 1991:
Snapped up by Paris St Germain, he spent four years in the capital,
earning all of his 17 international caps during that spell.
1994: Was named French footballer of the year.
1995: Signed for Kevin Keegan's Newcastle during the summer
in a �2M deal. He became a folk hero in the north-east, playing 76
games for the Magpies but scoring only seven goals.
1997: As Keegan's Newcastle side began to fall apart, he
moved to Tottenham for �2.5M in the summer of 1997 and spent three
years at White Hart Lane.
2000: As he fell out with the Spurs manager, it was off to
Aston Villa and a mixed period that started well but ended in acrimony
with John Gregory refusing to play the flambouyant Frenchman.
David Moyes did give him half a chance... as
a substitute in the last game of the season, at Arsenal. But it
was never going to work, and the fambouyant over-the-hill Frenchman disappeared in May 2002.
A more thoughtful retrospective on Ginola's brief Everton career was
subsequently provided by Nathan O'Hagan of The Football Pink
website, under the title:
David Ginola and the sad Au Revoir at Everton.
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