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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #40 on: September 7, 2008, 07:35:06 PM »
a class post
all the tributes are spot on
was in the kop on his debut - you just knew then that he was going to be something special
 
'Kevin Keegan's always running, John Toshack is always scoring, then you hear the kopites roaring, Toshack is our king'
na na na na....etc.

ahh, those were the days..........
remember this one..
liverpool's got keegan in the middle,keegan in the middle,keegan in the middle,liverpools got keegan in the middle,
thats why we are supreme!!!

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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #41 on: September 7, 2008, 08:04:06 PM »
Fantatstic post yorky. Kevin was my first crush on a footballer when a (quite) bit younger.

Him and Tosh were quite a duo both with killer instincts.

But what I also remember about Kev is that  whenever we went a goal down you always said to yourself  that you knew  he would get us a goal to bring us back into it and then go on and score a winner.

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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #42 on: September 7, 2008, 08:06:11 PM »
absolutely brilliant post mate.
keegan was a truly, truly great player and he should be mentioned in the same breath as the likes of dalglish, liddel, barnes and gerrard as one of the best ever players to pull on a red shirt.
as i said on a different thread he was the best liverpool player of the 70`s and he was also the best player in english football throughout the 70`s.
i`d love this club to offer him some sort of position.
he had a heart the size of a football and was brave as a lion.

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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #43 on: September 7, 2008, 08:15:39 PM »
Fantastic post, thanks for writing it. Keegan was my first football hero.
Mine too - great post, brings back wonderful memories.
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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #44 on: September 7, 2008, 08:24:56 PM »
Class, class post.
Hope he doesn't walk away from football for good as he is a proper footballing man.

If we changed ownership and they were serious about us being the best, imagine bringing Keegan back and putting him in charge of Liverpool's youth set up.
Bit like Arsenal with Liam Brady.
Teaching our kids football the 'Liverpool way'.
Parents with talented kids would be knocking our doors down to sign for us.

Keegan is a class act.

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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #45 on: September 7, 2008, 08:32:38 PM »
Yorky, time has come for me to say this, as a combination of insight and quality of writing, you are surpassing yourself with each one of these.

This one though is a extra special for me.  My parents and I came to England in July 1972, by which time my Dad had ensured that at age 5 I was already cricket mad, like any good Indian boy should be.  India had recently won in the West Indies (unheard of at the time) and in England and Sunil Gavaskar had entered my personal pantheon of Hindu gods. 

My Dad again, no mean footballer in his time, a sort of skinny and less talented Bombay version of Steve Macmanaman, so my uncle tells me, decided that one of the ways for us to sink into local popular culture was by watching football.  We had only a poorly functioning black and white television and a treat was when the landlords downstairs invited the little boy from upstairs to watch Match of the Day (and Black Beauty) on the colour TV downstairs.  (I've just remembered that I had to walk past some very scary stuffed birds to get to their flat.)

And so began my personal support of Liverpool, because they played in red and were the most successful team in the land (Little Jimmy Osmond with Long Haired Lover from Liverpool might have helped as well).  That makes me a gloryhunter, I do not deny, but more than anything else it was Keegan who made me a Red.  I loved him because he was the best player in the best team.  He scored goals every week, smiled broadly when he did and made me happy.  I quite happily added him to that little Hindu pantheon I mentioned above.

He remains my personal favourite Liverpool player of all time and nothing that he has done since, including leaving the club has made me change that view.

Thanks again for releasing some wonderful memories.
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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #46 on: September 7, 2008, 08:33:23 PM »
Two games I saw him in stand out for me above all the others, 72-73, next but last game of the season at home to Leeds. We won 2-0 to clinch the championship, I think Keegan and Cormack scored. Fucking crushed down the front of the Kop as a 14 year old. Also his performance against Berti Vogts in Rome 77. Mind you he owed us that after a poor performance in the FA against the Mancs a few days earlier  :)

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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #47 on: September 7, 2008, 08:43:35 PM »
Hey Raul (Donny Osmond with Long Haired Lover from Liverpool might have helped as well).It was Jimmy ;D
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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #48 on: September 7, 2008, 11:47:28 PM »
Fantastic read and one I completely agree with.
I remember having a Kevin Keegan anual as a kid (Tosh and Keegan in Batman and Robin outfits was one of the highlights!!). Also when they did a test on some tv programme to see if Tosh and Kev were truly telepathic.
I wonder whether he considered how Shanks would have felt in the situation he faced last week at Newcastle before walking away?
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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #49 on: September 7, 2008, 11:59:34 PM »
lovely read, haven't read the replies as the memory of Kev and Billy Bremner fighting made me laugh. Him and Tosh were superb together and I was gutted when he left. Of course our next signing eased the pain but Kevin Keegan is still a Liverpool (and Scunthorpe - who I have a soft spot for) legend.
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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #50 on: September 8, 2008, 12:33:19 AM »
Great read, very well written and stirs up some wonderful memories. Keegan was my absolute hero, but just missed out on seeing him play for us (my first game was in '77 aged 7). I still midered my Mum & Dad for Keegan stuff even after he'd left and remember being made up when I got a pair of Kevin Keegan shinpads. I also remember that 'telepathic' test, not to mention a certain episode of Superstars. No matter what, the guy will always be a hero of mine.

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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #51 on: September 8, 2008, 01:39:31 AM »
Great read, and as Kevin was my first Liverpool idol I agree with every word !

I was the right age to have a footie idol in 1971 ( I was a 13 year kopite when he scored on his debut ) so from then on I really took to Keegan.

He really was a special talent, gutsy little player,wasn't scared off by the tough ( now illegal ) physical nature of the game back then,and gave as good as he got.

Very good in the air too, scored some fantasic headers, normally after a flick on from Tosh !

It's a shame he hasn't really took on a true legendry status as an ex red, but to me ( and most people of my generation ) he'll always be up there with the very best of them.

I even bought his single.....how devoted is that !!
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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #52 on: September 8, 2008, 05:40:47 AM »
Hey Raul (Donny Osmond with Long Haired Lover from Liverpool might have helped as well).It was Jimmy ;D
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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #53 on: September 8, 2008, 09:16:02 AM »
great writing yorky. KK is indeed a liverpool hero ( it would be nice for him to read that, I'm sure it would cheer him up ).

the reason for our collective diminished  affection for him is as you rightly point out are because  he  decided to move on.

It was a shock during the season in 77 and indeed after Rome to hear him openly derided at the match and in the school yard. The fact he then went onto collect back to back European player of the year awards ahead of kenny didn't help either.

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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #54 on: September 8, 2008, 09:42:35 AM »
Nice post - really affectionate look at one of our true legends. And although I can't see it happening, I'd love it if he were invited to our next game.

Keegan is honest and sincere, and that makes him a soft target for the sophisticated, irony drenched modern football journos.

As for Mike Ashley - downing a pint on the terraces does not make you cool.

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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #55 on: September 8, 2008, 10:18:11 AM »
Without Kevin's legendary statues at liverpool bringing world wide publicity we might have not got Kenny Dalglish that how important KK was to liverpool Kevin a true liverpool great .

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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #56 on: September 8, 2008, 12:13:25 PM »
I've seen pictures of Keegan with some of the academy youngsters including Dalla Valle, so it shows he still comes to Liverpool and thinks of us. He was also wearing a liverpool training kit which was nice to see.

All this 'Messiah' stuff that the Newcastle fans were harping on about when he became their manager again was just pure blind hope from their part. Newcastle needs some real stability at the club, they've had about 4 managers in two years or something stupid like that. They need a top manager, and a well-respected one at that, so he can make the job tenable, because at the moment it is not.
I saw a picture of him last season- I think it was 1/2 weeks before his appointment or at the time of his appointment- with our black training kit, chit-chatting with Rafa- at Melwood, while some of the players were doing their drills. I think I saw a youth player around as well. Can't remember who it was, but it deffo seems he's around.

He won't sit well well with G+H- I'm sure, and although he would bring that spirit of the great man, he is a bit of a gamble with his stern principles. If something happens that goes against his principles, he walks away.

Woulda LUVED to see him live in a red shirt, but yeah- for me he is still a legend. And lest we forget, he was the man who made the perm into a 70's icon. Lotta mom's fantasized about our Kev. ;D
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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #57 on: September 8, 2008, 12:17:51 PM »
great writing yorky. KK is indeed a liverpool hero ( it would be nice for him to read that, I'm sure it would cheer him up ).

There must be a way of sending him a link to this thread. Send it to SSN, I don't know but it would be good for him to see. But I bet a few fans from the 70's write to him so he gets the gist of our affection for him.
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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #58 on: September 8, 2008, 12:18:28 PM »
A legend in my eyes.
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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #59 on: September 8, 2008, 12:19:50 PM »
absolutely brilliant post mate.
keegan was a truly, truly great player and he should be mentioned in the same breath as the likes of dalglish, liddel, barnes and gerrard as one of the best ever players to pull on a red shirt.
as i said on a different thread he was the best liverpool player of the 70`s and he was also the best player in english football throughout the 70`s.
i`d love this club to offer him some sort of position.
he had a heart the size of a football and was brave as a lion.
I was a wee bit dissapointed to see him voted higher than 5th(8th(?)) by the fans in the 100PWSTK, but then again- it was the fans opinion.
Let's drink to him once more. He was a good Stalker.
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But he'd make the shortlist

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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #60 on: September 8, 2008, 12:24:36 PM »
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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #61 on: September 8, 2008, 12:47:14 PM »
love him to bits. great person.
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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #62 on: September 8, 2008, 12:57:49 PM »
There must be a way of sending him a link to this thread. Send it to SSN, I don't know but it would be good for him to see. But I bet a few fans from the 70's write to him so he gets the gist of our affection for him.

I've just emailed the link to the Executive PA at the LMA and asked if it would be possible for her to forward it on to Kevin so that he can see the continued esteem and affection with which he is held in Liverpool.  Not sure if it will have any success but given they are currently working on his behalf in the dispute with the idiots at Newcastle then we can but hope.
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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #63 on: September 8, 2008, 02:02:54 PM »
In this thread about an amazing player and one of my boyhood heroes I would also like to pay tribute to the great Peter Doherty.

No, not that Pete Doherty, this one:



Doherty was apparently the first man who recommended Keegan to Bill Shankly, when he was  in retirement having previously been the visionary manager of Doncaster and Northern Ireland (taking both to their greatest years).

When Shankly got a recommendation from Doherty, he knew he'd better follow it up, as he himself regarded Doherty as the greatest forward he ever faced during his playing career. So Shanks then sent out his usual trusted scouts.

Of course Doherty's playing & managing days were well before my time, but I would like to thank him eternally for helping bring the electricity that was Keegan to Liverpool.  And what an inspiration Keegan was to the playground footballers of the mid-seventies !
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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #64 on: September 8, 2008, 04:25:22 PM »
A very early Keegan memory from a RAWkite who'd prefer to remain nameless.

"The very first time I saw Kevin Keegan playing football was in an FA Cup match at Goodison Park. Tranmere Rovers V Scunthorpe Utd, It was the first round proper and the fourth meeting between the two clubs, all three previous encounters had finished equal and there was no such thing as penalty shoot outs in those days. Tranmere had won the toss for the choice of venue and chose Goodison.

It has often been said that Mr. Shankly never saw Keegan play before he signed him, he had been told all about him by Andy Beattie, who was the manager of Huddersfield Town and who Mr. Shankly worked with and later took over the manager’s job there. Of course Mr. Shankly had him watched by the Liverpool scouting and training staff.

It was a cold November evening and I received a call from Mr. Shankly inviting me to go and watch the game with him. It was a nothing game really, the only shining light was the Scunthorpe No.10 who covered every bit of the pitch and scored the winning goal. On the way home Mr. Shankly asked me what I thought of the game, I told him I liked the No.10 of Scunthorpe and he replied “Aye son, he’s a busy little bugger”. "
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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #65 on: September 8, 2008, 04:54:28 PM »
I apologise to my Liverpool mates for the way one of your Legends, Kevin Keegan, has been treated at Newcastle by Fat Mike and his cronies.  It is a disgrace.  Kevin Keegan is loved by just about everyone on Tyneside and we the fans know the score and don't swallow Fat Mikes lies and bullshit.

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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #66 on: September 8, 2008, 09:58:46 PM »
Excellent post.

Agree with most of it and especially about the tripe he's had to endure as NU Manager this year. If that is the future of management, then managers are stuffed.

May I add a little history that may help put into perspective why you are quite right to say that he isn't held in the same reverence as other LFC heroes.

Cast your minds back, if you are old enough to, to the time before transfer targets had to be "Big Stars". Our way was to buy a player from the lower divisions, the news of which would be greeted with a unanimous - "who?"

The season before KK landed, Liverpool had raided Scunthorpe for an unheard of Goalkeeper who let in 5 or 6 goals during the match that Shanks went to see him in action and make a decision. As you can imagine, such a goalie cost buttons (£30k I think) and that particular "Who?" was Ray Clemence.
The next year, Shanks paid some more dosh to Scunthope and took this young Keegan chap off their hands. Many of us thought it was a bit of a thank you for the bargain that was Clem.

To our surprise and delight Shanks put him in the side almost straight away and the transformation was unreal.

This kid MADE things happen. More skillful players before and since? Lot of them. But to this day I have seen no-one who buzzed like KK. He was perpetual motion scurrying about like a terrier with rats.

He was Hero #1 - winning lots of stuff and the future was Keegan.

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Put your mind back to when you heard Stevie G was seriously thinking of going to Chelsea. Imagine it had happened and you have some idea of the impact of KK quitting the Kop.

At the time he said that he was leaving for “bigger and better things” – what it looked like to us was that he was going for the money, and with hindsight he almost certainly was.

With the passing of time, it seems to me that he lost some of the joy of playing after Shanks retired – and the consequential circus of trying to stop Shanks undermining Uncle Bob can’t have helped matters.  Perhaps KK’s choice of explanation for his decision to leave was his biggest error.
I think what hurt was the “bigger and better” -  we were the biggest and best in the UK and Europe at that time
Had he said it was for money, we’d have understood and been more sympathetic. (That was why when Souness left, but was upfront about it being for money he got little flak(as a player))

The fact that King Kenny was about to land meant absolutely nothing at that time. Many footballing pundits rated Kenny but most predicted that he’d not thrive in the English first division, and most of us had little clue about who he was or what he could do.

KK leaving felt like the wife running off with your dad – and it felt no better when we could see his talents wasted elsewhere. To us he went from being one of a great side to being the big star in relatively little teams

It is conceivable that had he stayed, Keegan could have played for Liverpool until 1984, in which case he could have won:-
Three more European cups
Five more league championships
Four League cups

Contrast that with his “great things with other clubs” haul of trophies playing after his LFC days....
Hamburg (1977-1980)
Keegan's transfer to Hamburg was agreed between the FA Cup final (for which he need not have turned up for all the effect he had) and the European Cup final of 1977, although Keegan had negotiated a maximum transfer fee the season before. On his arrival in Germany, Keegan was the highest paid player in the country, and was built up by the press and club as the "saviour" of Hamburg. He scored in pre-season friendlies against Barcelona FC and former club Liverpool, but the club suffered defeat in the European Super Cup against the Merseysiders, and was sent off in a mid-season friendly against FC Lübeck after knocking out an opposition player with a punch. An unhappy first few months at the club gave way to a more successful season. Although the club finished tenth in the league in 1977-78, Keegan's 12 goals helped him pick up a personal honour, the France Football European Footballer of the Year award for 1978.]
The 1978-79 season saw a vast improvement on the club's 1978 finish. New manager Branko Zebec imposed a tough training regime, and Keegan's increasing grasp of the German Language, coupled with the newly imposed discipline meant that Hamburg finished as league champions for the first time in nineteen years. The club's success also translated into individual recognition for Keegan, who picked up the European Footballer of the Year award for a second consecutive year, as well as the nickname Mighty Mouse from the fans, after the cartoon superhero.
Hamburg's European campaign of 1979-80 saw Keegan score two goals to help Hamburg past FC Dinamo Tbilisi, Soviet champions who had beaten Liverpool to reach the latter stages. The club lost to Nottingham Forest in the final in Madrid, however, and this was coupled domestically with being beaten to the Bundesliga title by Bayern Munich. Having negotiated a maximum transfer fee of £500,000 in his contract the year before and agreeing a move in February, Keegan left Hamburg for Southampton in the summer of 1980. Liverpool had first refusal when he left Hamburg – but chose NOT to re-sign him.
Southampton (1980-1982)
On 10 February 1980, Lawrie McMenemy called a press conference to announce that the European Footballer of the Year would be joining Southampton F.C. in the forthcoming summer. The news caused surprise throughout the world of football and around the city of Southampton, as Southampton were a relatively small club. The club were beginning to become established in the top division, but this signing showed how persuasive their manager could be, especially when Keegan captained England in the 1980 European Championships in Italy
Keegan's two seasons at The Dell saw him as part of a flamboyant team also containing Alan Ball, Phil Boyer, Mick Channon and Charlie George and in 1980–81 Saints scored 76 goals, finishing in 6th place, then their highest league finish.
In the following season, Keegan was able to produce some of his best form and at the end of January 1982 Southampton sat at the top of the Division 1 table, but a run of only three wins from the end of February meant a rather disappointing 7th place finish. Despite this, Keegan was voted the PFA Player of the Year, and awarded the OBE for services to Association Football. Keegan had scored 26 of the team's 72 goals and was voted the club's Player of the Year.
He finally reached a World Cup when England got to the 1982 finals in Spain. He was duly named in the squad for the tournament but was suffering from a chronic back injury and was unfit to play in all of England's group games. In a last, desperate effort to play in a World Cup (he knew that he would not be around for the 1986 competition) he secretly hired a car and drove from Spain to a specialist he knew in Germany for intensive treatment. It worked to the extent that he came on as a substitute for a crucial second round pool game against the host nation which England had to win. Unfortunately, his few minutes of World Cup football saw him miss a point blank header which he directed wide.
When Bobby Robson became the new England coach after that World Cup, Keegan was left out of his first squad, a decision he learned of from the media rather than Robson himself. Keegan expressed his public displeasure and never played for his country again. He won a total of 63 caps in a period in which England had failed to qualify for three major tournaments and scored 21 goals. He captained his country 31 times.
Keegan had fallen out with McMenemy over the manager's failure to strengthen Southampton's defence (which conceded 67 goals in 1981–82) whilst the team was at the top of the table.[17] There were also rumours that McMenemy had charged the whole team of cheating after a 3-0 defeat by Aston Villa in April 1982 to which Keegan took great exception. Although Keegan joined Saints' next pre-season tour, he had already decided to move on to seek a new challenge, and a few days before the start of the 1982–83 season he signed for Second Division Newcastle United for a fee of £100,000.
Newcastle United (1982-1984)
Keegan joined Newcastle United and spent two seasons there, during which time he was extremely popular with the supporters. He played 78 times, scored 48 goals and helped them to promotion from the Second Division in 1984, within a team which also contained Peter Beardsley, Chris Waddle and Terry McDermott. His contribution to Newcastle's promotion, which ended their six-year absence from the First Division, earned him iconic status on Tyneside.

Keegan announced his retirement prior to the end of the 1983-1984 season.


Nevertheless, he was a superb exciting footballer – and as one who saw the majority of the games he played for us, I can tell you that we have seen no-one remotely similar to him since - he was one of a kind.


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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #67 on: September 8, 2008, 11:52:55 PM »
Always a hero of mine.

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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #68 on: September 8, 2008, 11:58:56 PM »
I've just emailed the link to the Executive PA at the LMA and asked if it would be possible for her to forward it on to Kevin so that he can see the continued esteem and affection with which he is held in Liverpool.  Not sure if it will have any success but given they are currently working on his behalf in the dispute with the idiots at Newcastle then we can but hope.
Nice one mate. I'm sure they will. Maybe he'll sign up to RAWK ;) If he knows how to work the internet!

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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #69 on: September 9, 2008, 12:28:39 AM »
Simply brilliant - must have been miserable to play against - all that skill and a work rate to match Kuyt. Very happy childhood memories, just about getting into fights about who would be Keegan in the playground (I mostly ended up as Toshack, sadly, not to mention that I'm a short-arse). Love watching the goals again now as he and Toshack hurtled forward with those odd skillful creatures that would bamboozle the opposition down the sideline (forgotten what they were called, or where you get them - we had a few though) before slotting the ball across for the two lads arriving at speed - the opposition must have felt like there were six of them coming through to finish.

Great post Yorky - fine, fine memories.
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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #70 on: September 9, 2008, 12:52:07 AM »
A top bloke.  I remember getting my football cards when I was kid in the 1970s and was well chuffed to find Keegan and Tosh all my mates were jealous at the time.

I have said it before and I will say it again bring him Keegan back to Liverpool as an assistant to Rafa, if he wants to work with someone with Passion for Liverpool then there is no one more qualified than Keegan. 
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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #71 on: September 9, 2008, 04:37:54 AM »
Great player and a real legend, not one of these Sky legends.

I still wonder what it would have been like had he resigned for us instead of going to Southampton.
Paisley tried to sign him but he opted for a different challenge.

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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #72 on: September 9, 2008, 09:07:32 AM »
A throughly good read and one I can defintley relate to....I have to admit  I do have a degree of contempt for Kevin Keegan....it's something I think has been bred by the fact I didn't actually see him play in the flesh being 22 years old he was before my time.

The fact that he left us for a "new challenge" (it was his right...but I guess the thought of any one wanting to leave Liverpool, being the partisan red I am, just seems to be high treason no matter what the motives behind it) and finally I guess today's media also have had a hand in that as the tag "bottler" has always skulked in Keegan's background where ever he has went and while that's not my opinion of him the two words seem to go hand in hand when it comes to the criticism he takes in the national media.

After reading this article, it makes me feel slightly ashamed that I don't hold a man who was obviously a legend in the eyes of some of our older fans in as high esteem as somebody like Dalglish, a player I also didn't not have the fortune to watch on a regular basis.

I think I may owe Kevin a certain amount of penance....hopefully Rafa will extend the aformentioned invitation to Keegan for the game against the mancs and I can get the opportunity to show a bit appreciation
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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #73 on: September 9, 2008, 09:37:07 AM »
Saw keegans liverpool career from start to finish, week in, week out. What a player he was. Most of the replies here of from the lucky ones who witnessed his million mile an hour never give up genius. He made his team mates play, simple as that.  It was almost like Shankly was on the pitch in using Keegan as a "body"

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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #74 on: September 9, 2008, 12:32:19 PM »
A throughly good read and one I can defintley relate to....I have to admit  I do have a degree of contempt for Kevin Keegan....it's something I think has been bred by the fact I didn't actually see him play in the flesh being 22 years old he was before my time.

The fact that he left us for a "new challenge" (it was his right...but I guess the thought of any one wanting to leave Liverpool, being the partisan red I am, just seems to be high treason no matter what the motives behind it) and finally I guess today's media also have had a hand in that as the tag "bottler" has always skulked in Keegan's background where ever he has went and while that's not my opinion of him the two words seem to go hand in hand when it comes to the criticism he takes in the national media.

After reading this article, it makes me feel slightly ashamed that I don't hold a man who was obviously a legend in the eyes of some of our older fans in as high esteem as somebody like Dalglish, a player I also didn't not have the fortune to watch on a regular basis.

I think I may owe Kevin a certain amount of penance....hopefully Rafa will extend the aformentioned invitation to Keegan for the game against the mancs and I can get the opportunity to show a bit appreciation

Terrific sentiment in your post. I love an open mind. Nowhere near enough around.

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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #75 on: September 9, 2008, 12:59:46 PM »
Stunning piece of writing. Thanks for that


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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #76 on: September 9, 2008, 01:46:27 PM »
Another Keegan memory from another user who wishes to remain anonymous:

"1976, I still had access to Anfield and Melwood and on the odd occasion I would go to Anfield and have a coffee and a chat with Ruben Bennett. Keegan had given LFC a full season’s notice that he wanted to leave. This day he came out of the dining area, poured himself a coffee and came and sat down with Ruben and myself and we chatted as though we had known each other for ages, eventually he looked at his watch and said he was sorry, he had to go, he had a very important meeting later on that day, he gave Ruben a hug and we shook hands and he left. About half an hour later I said my goodbye to Ruben and left. I went to the car park and there was chaos, there was Keegan signing autographs and having his picture taken with loads of kids and fans. I said “thought you had a meeting mate” and he replied “that can wait a while, this is more important”.

  I have never forgotten that, especially when you see today’s prima donnas performing
This little story starts later on that same year, again I was in the players lounge and Keegan came out with his coffee came straight over to me and asked if it was ok if he sat with me (Fucking amazing), he told me that three clubs were in for him, German and two Spanish, I told him I was moving to Spain to live, he gave me two telephone numbers, one for Real Madrid and the other for Barcelona, he said if he signed for either of the Spanish clubs I was to give him a call and he would fix me up with tickets and a nice day out. Alas he chose Hamburg, but I will never forget him as long as I live, a true gentleman."
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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #77 on: September 9, 2008, 02:16:25 PM »
Beautifully written post mate - if you're not a writer then you're in the wrong job.

Keegan was my boyhood idol, and he - like Bob Paisley – epitomised what Liverpool FC was about. He was great, but he was humble enough to work on his talent, generous enough to share the plaudits with his teammates, and big enough to beat opponents fairly and then shake their hand afterwards.

His frustration at the way he's been treated by NUFC isn't just a personal hurt. Keegan is probably just as affronted by the way the game he loves and served so well is going down the shitter.

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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #78 on: September 9, 2008, 03:57:35 PM »
Fantastic post.
Needed saying too
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Re: Kevin Keegan – a Liverpool Hero
« Reply #79 on: September 9, 2008, 06:03:28 PM »
Thanks for the responses folks.

Some wonderful memories and opinions of Keegan there. Neutron's image of being knackered just through watching him is superb. And Raul mate, I almost cried when I read your post. The anonymous post that Kev stuck up is fantastic. It confirms in a perosnal way what we all think we know about Keegan - the man's generosity and the sense that what still drives him in the sport is what first attracted him to it. Sheer love for the game. Those who forget that first impulse are destined to cheat the millions of us who still watch football. That was/is the great thing about Keegan. As people have amply testified on this thread, he never cheated any of us.   
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