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Brian Alexander Special: Warren Aspinall

Tonight on Radio 5 Live Brain Alexander interviews former Pompey record signing Warren Aspinall about his gambling and alcohol addictions over the past 18 years. Warren talks about the Pompey card school and how players were often staking their cars on a game of cards when they got in too deep.

Here is how BBC Radio 5 Live is billing the show:



Brian Alexander interviews former Aston Villa, Everton & Portsmouth player Warren Aspinall about his gambling and alcohol addictions over the past 18 years.

Warren's problems came to a head last Christmas when, having come to the realisation that he had blown 1 million gambling, he drank himself into a stupor and sat on the railway line to commit suicide.

Fortunately for him, the train driver hooted and he managed to throw himself to safety at the last moment. Warren has since completed a recovery programme at the Sporting Chance Clinic in Hampshire and has been clean for 10 weeks.

The Brian Alexander Special - this Thursday 8th May at 8pm - investigative journalism at it's best.

Written by eastneydave.

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Date:Thursday May 8 2008

Time: 11:29AM

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I only met Warren Aspinall a few times. About 1987-88, I think. He was in company of Micky Quinn, heading in & out of a bookies in Southsea in Castle Road. I worked opposite in an Estate Agents. Mick liked the chat & was quite a decent bloke. On the occassions Warren was with him, like a stoodge. Warren had plenty of money & too much time on his hands. The ususal 'Too much too soon' syndrome. Quite sorry to see what he has wasted & no doubt he regrets it all. Gald to see Mick Quinn doing alright.
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08/05/2008 12:40:00

Just listened to the programme - whilst I always felt he under achieved at Fratton Park you have to give the guy credit for a last last confronting his drinking & gambling demons. I wish him well.
FP Dec 16th 1972
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08/05/2008 20:29:00

yea there is a strong rumours he is the man who has talked about trying to match fixing that is being considered by the FA, but from what i remember he was never influential enough in a game to fix it; my journo friend says there is another involved who is still in the public eye... could he be fat, round a worth a million pound... i really hope not
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