John Fashanu tells Soccer AM about Crazy Gang spirit

Last Updated: 19/09/13 11:17am

John Fashanu told Soccer AM he's still good friends with his Crazy Gang team-mates - and is keen to get the boys back together!

The former Wimbledon striker was a key part of the Dons side which shocked Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup final and says he remains in touch with much of the famous squad.

"We were a family at Wimbledon - all of us were together. Even now, every other day I'm speaking to Jonesy, Wisey, Corky."

John Fashanu

Neal Ardley, a member of the Crazy Gang, is currently manager of AFC Wimbledon and Fashanu is in no doubt his former team-mate is instilling in the current crop the values which made his side so successful in the late 80s and early 90s.

"Neal is doing very well. He was a tough boy as a player so you know he's going to teach his players similar to how he plays," said Fashanu, who told Soccer AM he's in regular contact with former team-mates Vinny Jones, Dennis Wise and Alan Cort.

"We were a family at Wimbledon - all of us were together. What Neal will implement in the team is one love. Even now, every other day I'm speaking to Jonesy, Wisey, Corky."

Fashanu revealed on the show he's hoping to get the Wimbledon side from that era back together - and is plotting a fixture with Manchester United legends, after colluding with former Red Devils midfielder Paul Scholes.

"I had dinner with little Paul Scholes a couple of months ago and we decided the Man United legends of the 1980s should play the Wimbledon legends of the 80s.

"Let's have a kick about - or a kicking, whatever you want to say! Hopefully we could do it at one of the big stadiums. Let's get the guys back!"

Youths

Fashanu hung up his boots in 1995 after making nearly 400 league appearances and has since moved into TV presenting.

The popular former forward hosts the Nigerian version of Deal or No Deal - but has also helped to set up the Templegate Training and John Fashanu Foundation Sports Academy, which aims to give young people the chance to develop careers in sport.

"It is one of the biggest training organisations in this country," he explained.

"We're looking to recruit youths for football, to be professional footballers, and also for academic training.

"A high percentage of these boys have had challenges in their lives and some of them have come from poor homes or foster homes, like myself.

"The academies are opening up all over the country at the moment and the facilities are number one."