Monday, March 2, 2009

Footballing Nightmares

News Of The World has it out for Gordon Ramsay. They were the ones to first report on Ramsay's affair(s), now they have dug a little deeper into the past. Apparently not content to take a philanderer at his word, they started digging into his footballing past. And guess what--they found some inconsistencies.

Wait. That's not the right term. They found bald-faced lies, and a lot of them.


This is the famous picture that Ramsay built his fib around. As News Of The World deftly points out, it's not of the level that Ramsay says it is. It's not of a first-team appearance for the Huns. In fact, it's from a testimonial against a Junior side.

But at least he got his name on the team sheet, right? No. This is the team line up from the day, helpfully spotlighted by the London newspaper.


"Trialist". No more, no less.

Ramsay's lies about his career with Rangers don't end there. Going back through interviews given over the last 15 years, since Ramsay started to push the idea that he was with Rangers before an injury ended his career, Ramsay had stated that he had played at least three first-team matches for Rangers. Unfortunately for him, such claims are verifiable. Ramsay never played in any of the matches he mentioned and, even worse for Rangers fans, he got the results incorrect, often making the team out worse than they were.

Curiously, Ramsay's lies about his career go back even further than these. He claims that he was spotted by a Rangers scout while playing for Oxford United in a FA Youth Cup match against Arsenal when he was 16. The problem with this is that Oxford United and Arsenal have never met in that competition. Oops.

The article linked above has even more wonderful lies debunked within, and includes the nickname given to Ramsay while at talking to fellow cooks about his time at Rangers: Billy Bullshit. Ramsay has always had a knack for stretching the truth, as well as self-promotion, it would seem. But, and I stand by this, all of these lies don't make Kitchen Nightmares any less entertaining. That show is awesome.

10 comments:

The NY Kid said...

"You're sweating in the rizzoto, big boy!"

Nathaniel said...

But, and I stand by this, all of these lies don't make Kitchen Nightmares any less entertaining. That show is awesome.

UK version only, thank you....

ü75 said...

@Nathaniel-
While I prefer the UK version, the NJ Guido one was excellent.

phil said...

@ umlaut,

that was one of the greatest things in the history of television. The best part was when the guy's bookie showed up to sweat him for money. Must see TV, indeed.

The NY Kid said...

ah shite. I let loose with a "Hell's Kitche" quote, when we were talking about "Kitchen Nightmares"

stupid ubiquitous Gordon Ramsey.

Matt said...

"You'll kill someone!!!"

- always makes me smile when he says that.

I love this show for letting me know precisely where not to go for a bite. Anyone really think their standards go up after he's buggered off. I seriously doubt it, and it's not like the Fox producers really give a crap.

Mike Georger said...

I would bet any amount of money that kid abandoned Feyenoord is now a huge United fan, justifying it by EVDS and the former Horse Face. That kid sucks.

ü75 said...

Reading comprehension FAIL
It was his fellow cooks that nicknamed him, not co-Rangers. Sorry.

jjf3 said...

That photo just never stops giving...

Matt said...

This bare is not surprised. A little dignity Gordon? Wouldn't want to go looking like the great unwashed, now would we?