Gary Lineker in the Land of the Rising Sun

Delighted to be featured once more in These Football Times, this time looking at Gary Linker’s short but memorable time in Japan

These Football Times

ON MAY 2, 1992, Gary Winston Lineker scored his final goal in English football as Tottenham Hotspur lost 3-1 to Manchester United. Following the game, players, managers and fans across the UK began to pay tribute to a man who had spent the last ten years terrorizing defences in both Spain and England; a man one goal shy of equalling Bobby Charlton’s goal scoring record for England; a man who had never received a booking in his entire career. For a decade, Lineker had been an English icon and now he was leaving the British Isles for pastures new.

He had one last adventure left, this time in Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun.

Lineker was going to receive a lucrative deal from a team called Nagoya Grampus Eight. Based in Nagoya, Grampus Eight seemed a bizarre move for a man still regarded as one of the greatest footballers…

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