TV boffin David Olusoga has described the moment Rangers’ legend Paul Gascoigne protected him during a vile racist attack.
Olusoga was born in Nigeria, his father’s home country, and moved to his mother’s home of Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, as a child.
The family were targeted by the National Front, who drove them from their house after smashing the windows in the middle of the night.
Olusoga, who presents the acclaimed BBC documentary series A House Through Time, described the moment Gazza stepped in during one terrifying attack.
He said: “My older sister, Yinka, was three years ahead of me and in her class was Paul Gascoigne. I have one memory of Paul, one strong memory.
“Which is of lying on my back having been pushed over and hit in the playground and this kid with light coloured hair and very bright blue eyes leaned over, he was beside my sister and he gave me his hand and he pulled me up.
“He must have been maybe nine, I must’ve been maybe six or seven, something like that.
“He was one of the tough kids, you won’t be surprised to learn.
“It wasn’t really in his interest to be looking after this couple of black kids. And I’m very grateful for that.”
Olusoga made the revelation to host Lauren Laverne during an appearance on BBC radio’s Desert Island Discs.
He said racism was “just the background hum of life” and “in some ways the most frightening thing about it is we got used to it”.
He told how one of his teachers had a coffee mug bearing a National Front slogan while another attacked him during a school trip.