‘We left the green room of the sport question in a state’ – the fond memories of Shane Warne’s Ally McCoist at the memorial service held for the Australian great


The final farewell was said to Shane Warne at a moving memorial service held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday.

Touching tributes were paid to the all-time great who died suddenly at the age of 52.

There are so many wonderful stories about the Australian hero’s life and talkSPORT’s own Ally McCoist fondly recalled his time with Warne on Question of Sport.

McCoist and Warne shared a few drinks together in the green Question of Sport room

The Rangers legend joined talkSPORT in the hours after Warne’s death and recalled how the couple would share a drink – or two – and set the world straight while filming the popular sports quiz.

McCoist, who was team captain on the popular Question of Sport quiz from 1996 to 2007, which Warne has competed in on several occasions.

“He was on Question of Sport, and by the way, we had everyone on it, people like McEnroe and all that, but the buzz before that, especially on Sunday, was incredible,” McCoist told talkSPORT Drive.

“I remember the guys were all talking and saying ‘Warney is this weekend’ and I knew something special was going on.

“He walked in and you talk about people with an aura, he walked into the place and his smile lit up the room.

“He just walked in and the whole place lit up, he had a word for everyone. He spoke to everyone.

'We left the green room of the sport question in a state' - the fond memories of Shane Warne's Ally McCoist at the memorial service held for the Australian great
Warne took 708 Test wickets for Australia in an illustrious career
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“He and I had a few hits in the Green Room, we left that Green Room in a state I can tell you.

“He was a really fun guy to be around.

“I just think of his family. These children lost their father, it’s just horrible.

When asked how he would remember Warne, McCoist added, “I’ll tell you exactly how I’ll remember him. His cricket achievements were phenomenal and you have to be a fool not to remember that ball against Gatting, my dear!

“What I will remember is walking through the Question of Sport green room when I first met him.

“We shook hands, we hugged, and then all of a sudden we had a glass of wine and we remade the world.

“Then after the show, have another couple of glasses of wine. Every time I met him after that or we talked on the phone, he was still the same. Motivated, full of optimism, loving life, looking forward to tomorrow, looking forward to today.

“This is how I will remember Shane Warne.”

'We left the green room of the sport question in a state' - the fond memories of Shane Warne's Ally McCoist at the memorial service held for the Australian great
Warne has always been a thorn in England’s side
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There was an outpouring of love towards Warne not just for the hundreds and hundreds of wickets he took on an illustrious career.

But McCoist said the stories people are telling right now show what kind of person he was.

He said; “Shane Warne was a breath of fresh air. Watching him take wickets, watching him beat, he did everything to the limit.

“He was rock ‘n’ roll and was absolutely magical for cricket.

“He just lived his life to the fullest. He gave his all 100%, whether it was his sport, he had fun off the pitch.

“There are very few people who die in life that you don’t know very well but have a major shock when they die.

“I think Shane Warne does that and it resonates with everyone across the country.

'We left the green room of the sport question in a state' - the fond memories of Shane Warne's Ally McCoist at the memorial service held for the Australian great
Warne also spent seven years playing for Hampshire
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“It says more about Shane Warne the person than it does the cricketer. We all know he was a fantastic cricketer, we all know he took over 700 wickets and we all know he had a great time in Hampshire.

“But what comes from the guys on the phone and the people on the tweet who have met him is Shane Warne the person.

“That’s why everyone is in complete shock.”




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