The man that was dumped by the future wife of current England manager Gareth Southgate has been tracked down and we have got everything he has to say on the situation.
England will be playing Sweden in the World Cup quarter-final in Russia on Saturday afternoon, and if they progress they will play either Croatia or hosts Russia in the semi final, with many in the media saying that for the young England squad and for Gareth Southgate, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to reach a World Cup final.
Gareth Southgate, over the course of this tournament, has won over the England football fans like no manager before him. Jamie Redknapp said to Sky Sports News that the public have “fallen in love” with the team again, and that is in no small way influenced by the club atmosphere, and general likeability of not only the team but also Southgate himself.
And the nation truly started to believe that football could well be coming home when the team won a penalty shootout for the first time in England’s World Cup history against Colombia on Tuesday evening, and when the iconic win was earned, Gareth made a beeline for his wife of 20 years Alison.
Who is Gareth Southgate’s wife?
Alison Southgate, 51, has been a key figure in the stands of every game during England’s World Cup adventure thus far, and has supported her husband on his quest to victory.
Not only has Alison Southgate been Gareth’s wife for the last 20 years, but also the mother of their two children. And though she has stayed well out of the limelight over the years, Gareth has hailed her as his “secret weapon” in keeping him grounded and focused.
Gareth and Alison got married in the summer of 1997 at the Parish Church of St Nicholas, near his family home in Crawley. According to reports, the date of their wedding was carefully planned in an effort to avoid all World Cup and European Championship campaigns.
Gareth has spoken only about how spending time with his wife and two children – Mia, 19, who studies at the University of Edinburgh and Flynn, 15, who boards at a private school in Yorkshire and who excels at cricket – keep him sane away from the pitch, and that his own experiences have inspired a “family first” attitude that he has brought into the England set up.
How did they meet?
Alison met Gareth when they were both teenagers when he was a trainee at his first club Crystal Palace and she was working as a shop assistant in a clothing boutique.
It has been reported that Gareth apparently hung around the shop, pretending to browse the clothes, but was too shy and lacking in confidence to ask her out for almost two years.
But when he finally did manage to pluck up the courage, Alison was living with her boyfriend at the time, but eventually left him to pursue a life with Gareth. After making it official, the couple then proceeded to meet in a Tesco car park nearby in an effort to keep their romance under wraps from her ex.
But it wasn’t long before the couple moved in with each other when an unexpected move in Gareth’s football career saw him move to Aston Villa. It has been reported that Alison gave him the ultimatum to take her with him to Birmingham or to call the relationship off.
Such was the speed with which their relationship progressed that his parents were apparently “shocked” to find out that they were living together, because they had only met Alison once before.
What the ex-boyfriend said…
Despite being dumped by Alison for Gareth Southgate, the ex-boyfriend, however, has said that he holds no grudges whatsoever, and will be cheering the England team on like the rest of the country.
The MailOnline spoke to Russell Gibbs, and he said that he has long-since forgotten about their split.
Now, Gibbs, who has never spoken about the failed romance with Alison before, says that in the years that followed he has rebuilt his life and is now a happily married man with two children, as well as being a dedicated fan of England.
Speaking to MailOnline, he said: “Good luck to Gareth and good luck to Alison. It was all a long time ago.
“I am now very happily married myself with two kids and a great wife. Of course I will be support the England team and Gareth on Saturday. I wish the team and Gareth and Alison nothing but the best.”
Gareth Southgate has become the hero of a nation in recent months, and especially now that England are eyeing an unlikely spot in the World Cup semi finals. He has been taken to heart by the England fans for his kind nature and his absolute dedication to the job. To put it simply, we all love him because he’s a really, really nice bloke.
He’s far more popular than any England manager probably since Sir Bobby Robson (after Italia 90), and as the nation is swept up in World Cup fever, a new social media craze, #GarethSouthGateWould.
Let’s take a look at some of the best ones here, that commend just how much of a bloody good chap Gareth is.
One said: “#GarethSouthgateWould eat all the bounties from the celebration box so you don’t have to”
Another said: “#GarethSouthgateWould Pay an equal share of the restaurant bill, even though he didn’t have a starter and only drank the tap water.”
A third has said: “#GarethSouthgateWould give you his portable charger whilst he’s on 1%”
A fourth offers: “#GarethSouthgateWould stop a conversation about Game of Thrones half way through and say “Has everyone seen it? Dave? No? Right then… let’s talk about something else so we don’t spoil it for Dave””
And a fifth said: “#GarethSouthgateWould get the first & last round in at the pub. Then, when you remembered 2 weeks later, would reassure you it’s fine, before getting the first round in again.”