May 25, 2024

Roy Keane & Paul Gascoigne – Cruciate Injury Comparisons

In his Roy Keane’s autobiography he discusses the serious cruciate ligament injuries sustained in the infamous Alf-Inge Haaland incident and a similar injury sustained by Paul Gascoigne in the 1991 FA Cup Final. The contrast in the descriptions is very interesting in that they reveal something about the way he views his actions and the actions of others. It betrays a basic dishonesty, perhaps borne out of self-delusion, by Roy Keane.

Paul Gascoigne’s Cruciate Injury [Page 48]

Keane described in his autobiography how Paul Gascoigne suffered his serious cruciate ligament injury. The setting was the 1991 FA Cup Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Nottingham Forest, Keane’s club at the time. Keane described Gascoigne as manic and crazy. “He had a glazed look in his eyes.” Very early in the game Gascoigne felled Forest’s Gary Charles with a “kung-fu” kick. “In the process he’d injured himself. As it turned out, the self-inflicted damage to to his cruciate would also damage Gazza’s career…”

Now compare this to Keane’s description to how he sustained his own injury.

Roy Keane’s Cruciate Injury [Page 172]

The backdrop to this incident was that Keane had been involved an drunken altercation in a Manchester hotel at 4:30am on a Thursday. Just 36 hours later he took to the field for Manchester United in a Premiership match against Leeds United at Elland Road.

Keane admits that he wasn’t in any physical or psychological shape to play the game. According to Keane Alf-Inge Haaland had been winding him up throughout the match. There were five minutes to go as United advanced into Leeds penalty box.

“…I lunged in desperation at Haaland. I was trying to trip him up rather than kick him. I knew it would probably mean a booking, but f**k it, He’d done his job. He’s done my head in…I actually heard my cruciate ligament snap.”

At no time throughout his book does Roy Keane admit that his injury was self-inflicted or that he had in any way been responsible for his injury. In fact he makes it clear that he blamed Haaland.

In the passage where he describes his gym work during his rehabilitation he stated menacingly “Few days passed when I didn’t think about Alfie Haaland.”[Page 175].

Even Keane’s description of the incident that led to his injury is not honest.

The video of the footage of the incident clearly shows that Keane kicked out at Haaland with his right foot and then tried to kick the Norwegian with his left foot.

In the process Keane’s snapped his cruciate ligament.

NOTE: Unless stated otherwise all quotations are from:
Keane: The Autobiography; Roy Keane with Eamon Dunphy (2002); Michael Joseph Ltd

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Saipan Table of Contents Roy Keane & Eamon Dunphy
Saipan Introduction Roy Keane & Cork
Methodology Keane’s Aversion to Being Away From Home
Saipan Conclusions Roy Keane’s Relationship with Ireland
Roy Keane – Mick McCarthy Relationship Roy Keane – Zenith Data Systems Cup
Roy Keane Version of Saipan Incident Roy Keane – Jack Charlton Relationship
Mick McCarthy Version of Saipan Incident 1 Roy Keane’s Flawed Character
Mick McCarthy Account of Saipan Incident 2 Roy Keane’s Good Character
Niall Quinn Version of Saipan Incident Roy Keane – Footballer
Jason McAteer Version of Saipan Incident Roy Keane – Team Captain
Matt Holland Version of Saipan Incident Roy Keane – Family Man
Roy Keane & Saipan – The Backdrop Roy Keane & Faking Injury
Roy Keane & Saipan – The Issues Roy Keane – Bad Boy
Keane / McCarthy Boston Row 1992 Roy Keane – Career Lows
Keane Misses Iran Playoff Game Roy Keane – Red Cards
Keane Misses Niall Quinn Testimonial Roy Keane – Cruciate Injury
Countdown to Saipan Incident Roy Keane & Alf-Inge Haaland
Roy Keane Saipan Tirade at Mick McCarthy Roy Keane & Gareth Southgate Red Card
Roy Keane / Tom Humphries Saipan Interview 1 Roy Keane & Alan Shearer Red Card
Keane / Humphries Saipan Interview 2 Roy Keane / Alex Ferguson Relationship 1
Roy Keane / Irish Times Saipan Interview 3 Roy Keane & Sir Alex Ferguson 2
Roy Keane / Paul Kimmage Saipan Interview 1 Roy Keane & Charity
Keane / Kimmage Saipan Interview 2 Roy Keane & Autobiography Contradictions
Roy Keane / Sunday Independent Saipan Interview 3 Roy Keane & Contradictions
Roy Keane / Tommie Gorman Interview 1 Roy Keane – Integrity
Roy Keane / Tommy Gorman Interview 2 Roy Keane – International Matches
Roy Keane / RTE Interview 3 Roy Keane – Football Record
FAI Involvement in Saipan Affair Roy Keane & Sandwiches
Saipan Reaction of Irish Players Roy Keane – Walker
Mick McCarthy – ‘crap player, crap manager’ Saipan – Pacific Island
Roy Keane / Mick McCarthy Playing Record I Keano – The Musical
Colin Healy – Forgotten Man of Saipan Roy Keane – Football Manager
Saipan Ten Years Later Roy Keane’s Dog Triggs
Roy Keane’s Autobiography Saipan Bibiliography


Roy Keane – View Seven Years After Saipan
Football Quotes on Saipan


Triggs – The Autobiography of Roy Keane’s Dog
Ireland at 2002 World Cup Finals – Irish 2002 World Cup Squad – Irish Group Matches
Ireland V Cameroon – Ireland V Germany – Ireland V Saudi Arabia – Ireland V Spain