Keegan Magic Starting to Shine Through

A truly ecstatic Kevin Keegan said that every one of his Newcastle United players today were heroes after Sunday’s brilliant 4-1 rout of Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.


Michael Owen celebrates his goal – look at those players’ faces!

Newcastle truly ran riot in the second half as Geremi, Michael Owen and Oba Martins added to Nicky Butt’s equalizer which came right on half time.

It was a delighted Keegan who spoke to Newcastle World TV after the game:

“It’s hard to single players out because we had 11 heroes out their today,” “Even when we went a goal down I had seen enough to convince me we would get back in the game.”

“Of course Nicky Butt’s equalizer has come at a crucial time but even then, it didn’t affect my half-time team-talk because I always thought we would get something.”

“But happened in the second-half was incredible and every one of the players deserves credit.”

“It’s a massive win but the performance was outstanding and it’s a very happy dressing room in there.”

Most of the Newcastle players had heard of Kevin Keegan when he took over, and they seem to have worked together over the last two months through some very difficult times.

But the players now at Newcastle United must be thanking their lucky stars that they have a chance of being part of this new Newcastle United that Kevin is starting to build.

There is little doubt we are now seeing what the maestro can do. OK, so it took him a few weeks to finally get the best out of the Newcastle players. 😀

But this result is significant because it shows the Keegan magic is still there big time, and the players are now starting to play out of their skins for the manager.

While we have to be careful not to make too much out of this one game, who else could have got a result like this at White Hart Lane?

After a difficult two months it does seem that Kevin and his staff are starting to pull the very best out of the players at the club right now, and this must auger well for our chances of a very good season next season.

And the football Newcastle are playing under the new coach is just a joy to watch. Roll on the last 6 games of this dour season – and roll on next season – we just cannot wait.

Comments welcome.

49 comments so far

  • Far East

    Mar 30, 2008 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #1

    GP W D L GD PT
    2008 Newcastle 32 9 8 15 -21 35
    2007 Newcastle 38 11 10 17 -9 43
    2006 Newcastle 38 17 7 14 5 58
    2005 Newcastle 38 10 14 14 -10 44

    Does anyone think the current team might end up with a better statistics (GD & PT) for the current campaign compared to the last three?

  • Nick Dryden

    Mar 30, 2008 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #2

    You don’t become European footballer of the year twice without having something about you and KK has it in spades. Allardyce was happy to go to Derby for a 0-0 draw and couldn’t even achieve that! Football with KK is with a smile on your face, not a scowl. I haven’t been this happy in a long time

  • briss

    Mar 30, 2008 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #3

    I must say well done to the lads today they played hard and made me proud. I another praise to those fans who never had a doubt about KKs ability as a manager, look what hes done 4-1 away! its been a while since we’ve achieved that, now we will pour on the points becaue i can see us really having a good run in!

  • ash

    Mar 30, 2008 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #4

    makes me smile to see these players having some joy among themselves, well done lads!!

  • Steve_48

    Mar 30, 2008 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #5

    This has put a tiger in my tank today, keep the faith

  • Obafan

    Mar 30, 2008 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #6

    I wasn’t able to watch the game online, because I had to play myself. After 40 minutes (15.40 Belgian time) I got a red c ard for pulling the strikers shirt, so I was able to follow the game via phone. The first time I watched Bent just scored 1-0 and after that every time I checked NUFC scored a goal. FANTASTIC result and I knew that with our golden triangle we are able to put lots of pressure on the opponents defences.

    Well done KK to go with an attacking minded team and get such a result. Isn’t it obvious from the point Smith didn’t start anymore the confidence grow and the results are fantastic!!!

  • Steve_48

    Mar 30, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #7

    ObaFan – WTF were you doing pulling a shirt he he he, and what’s more disappointing the ref wasn’t very lenient was he? Are you being honest and truthful? You MUST have done something else to warrant the red card…

  • mikeygd

    Mar 30, 2008 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #8

    may i just say im glad everyone agrees in the poll about butt, fantastic son!

  • Obafan

    Mar 30, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #9

    Steve_48 No that happened; I play as a sweeper and my central defender passed the ball back. But I called to leave the ball for me but he thought that I would not get it. So he passed the ball back but too hard so it passed me and by the time I turned around the striker (who was at full speed) was gone with the ball. We were leading 2-1 so I took the decision to offer myself for the team and pulled him down just out of the box. Bad decision tho’ cause we lost the game 2-3 🙁 . But the most important thing is that NUFC won, cause I leave my club next year to play in a higher division (more money heheh)

  • Nick C

    Mar 30, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Who do u play for obafan??


    Mar 30, 2008 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #11

    Some of the national press should hang their heads at the utter garbage they have written about keegan. They are’nt football men just sad, vindictive losers who probably could’nt kick a ball to save their lives.

  • Gooderz

    Mar 30, 2008 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #12

    If this result was achieved by any of the top 4 then the press would be drooling over it. I will be intrigued by what headlines appear tomorrow, although I shall not hold my breath.

  • Hadrian

    Mar 30, 2008 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #13

    keegan just thinks like us 🙂
    he nor us would be happy going anywhere for nothing less than a win .
    he knows its about pride , and we would rather see our teams getting stuck into them than sitting back .
    we want to smash every team we play !
    if we lose while attempting it , we dont care , as long as we have had a good crack at it !

  • Steve_48

    Mar 30, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #14

    You might have a point there Keegan7; about time the red tops were silenced…

  • adaaaam

    Mar 30, 2008 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #15

    king kev can take his wife out for an all you can eat buffet this week like!


    Mar 30, 2008 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #16

    I see the red tops gave Capello all of 2 games before they’ve got stuck into him. Capello’s cv is second to none! The Red Tops haven’t a clue about football just about character assasinations.

  • UTD111

    Mar 30, 2008 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #17

    You said it all Ed – nothing to add!

    Bet there’ll still be some whingers in here though LOL



  • moomfan

    Mar 30, 2008 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #18

    KING KEV-and A QUARTET of GOALS methinks mates. wif a cold BROWN ALE…ayh!!!

  • jeff

    Mar 30, 2008 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #19

    fantastic result,just watched the goals on youtube…..Its great to see the players actually playing as a team and for the manager and the fans…..also isnt it great to see the players with smiles on their faces………Im over the moon for Owen as well….he’s had his critics but he’s always said give him a chance and he’ll get goals he’s doing that now…Id rather have him in our team then against us…….And wasnt it fitting for Martins to get the last,good on you son you said you’d score and that you did………………GET IN….Match of the day will be a fantastic watch tonight yeehaaa!!!!!

  • CJ

    Mar 30, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #20

    Spot on Ed KK’s magic starting to shine through i thought we would have been beating today but KK has showed great trust in his player’s who are staring to play KK’s way and with confidence every player and the coaching staff deserve a lot of credit. Adaaam i would help pay for KK’s buffet after the day role on Reading.

  • Gloryhunter

    Mar 30, 2008 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #21

    nee beer left and motd coming on

  • Clive Rutter

    Mar 30, 2008 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #22

    Obafan’s a liability, he should never play for his team again!!! What a lack of concentration he’s just the Belgian Bramble!!!!!

  • Steve_48

    Mar 30, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #23


    Bloody typical, MOTD tonight and Toon match is last one on the pile

    The Merseyside derby was a crap match, much more @ stake in teh Toon match and do they give it priority, do they bollocks

    Bloody southern editors


  • Gloryhunter

    Mar 30, 2008 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #24
    In the REVIEW they still have SA as manager!

  • Macca

    Mar 30, 2008 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #25

    Alright, lets not get carried away with ourselves. Ya it was a great win, but it was A, ONE great win. Just to put things into perspective Man U have scored more then 4 goals in ten matches so far this season.
    Everyones delighted and giving themselves a pat on the back for a great win, which it was, but lets not get carried away, we’re not out of it yet, it was one great win, lets not get complacent and loose the run of ourselves. The players now need to put this in the back of their minds and concentrate on winning our next game, because I can just see us with the winning hangover and getting beaten by Reading. Lets not do what Spurs did who are still carrying the hangover of beating Chelsea, we’ve got a tiny bit of momentum so lets keep it going.
    A win is a win but at the end of the day, it’s just one game. The seasons not over yet. There’s still plenty to do and to work on.

  • Nev

    Mar 30, 2008 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #26

    just got back from Spurs match and i have to say what a game!
    was sitting in the south stand with the spurs fans next to us lot
    fans were the loudest if herd in a long time and kept the team goin!
    Barton and Enrique were top knotch and Martins effort immense
    4-3-3 all the way !

  • faustino

    Mar 30, 2008 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #27

    If perspective is what you want think about the fact that Man Utd have conceded only 15 goals all season!!!!

    But baaalls to the P Word! Great result and a great match. In essence gifted to us by their central midfield but incisive none the less! Given the time it’s taken and the improvement so far [fingers crossed for a little while yet], KKs done a great job and the future looks exciting. STAND UP!!!!

    P.S I wouldn’t even put it past Kevin to get Smith scoring after the improvement shown by Barton and Butt!!!

  • Leo

    Mar 30, 2008 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #28

    well done lads, but more praise for king kev. really made my day

  • domtoon

    Mar 30, 2008 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #29


    P.S. I’m NOT normally one to gloat, but yes, we deserved that long overdue win. For the first time in MONTHS, i’m actually looking forward to Monday morning at work.


  • Tippo

    Mar 30, 2008 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #30

    It looks so easy now and I didn’t think an away win was possible at the Lane but seems like KK has got his winning touch now.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 30, 2008 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #31

    KK said 3-4 new players and on today’s display that was about right.

    LB, CB, CM, ST – Only if we continue to play 4-3-3.

    LB – Back-up – Attacking and defensively good. – Shorey or Bridge but only for back-up.
    CB – Starter – One who is solid at the back but who can dribble out of defence and is a threat in the air. – Kompany (unlikely, but that kind of player)
    CM – Starter – CM has to be a set piece specialist with pace and creativity. – Modric (although obviously not him, but again someone in his mould)
    ST – Back-up – Big but with pace. – Cisse

    Then get rid of Alan Smith and Carr at a minimum and promote Edgar, Carroll, Troisi and Lualua permanently. With Baheng, Tozer and Kadar possibly getting a look in if injuries are that bad.

    Thats a plan!

  • richie

    Mar 30, 2008 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #32

    i knew joey would start to play well once fit, hel only get better under kk

  • Tripp

    Mar 30, 2008 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #33

    Let’s just hope he’s put his darker days behind him. I’d love to see him get himself together. Hopefully he won’t be watching next season at Her Majesties Pleasure, as you English types say. It feels great stuffing the Spuds, the arrogant tossers…

  • Pit Yakas rant

    Mar 30, 2008 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #34

    Despite some of the unfaithful, I never doubted keegan. He is a legend and a god. He has delivered us to safety despite the useless squad we had under Alladyce (all those big sam supporters – look away now while I vomit). Stick with the Messiah cos eeeaye eeeaye eee.. up the premier league we go!!!!!!! Keegan Keegan – he is black and white man!!! Mr Newcastle he thinks like a geordie and acts like one. When the going gets tuff the tuff get going. Not a pit yakas son for nowt man!

  • domtoon

    Mar 30, 2008 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #35

    Sorry i got overexcited about that being our ‘long overdue win’ – we won against fulham last week, but this was the real test against a very good side. Despite trying not to get carried away, it’s still tremendous that we came back from 1-0 down. Smiles on every single away fan’s face this afternoon – we’re finally exiting the shadows 🙂

  • m.

    Mar 31, 2008 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #36

    Three Point Lane is still the same…

  • Toooooooooooooooooon

    Mar 31, 2008 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #37

    best game this season – so far…..a good result to start my monday 🙂

  • Marcus

    Mar 31, 2008 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #38

    Glad to see Kev can finally make something of the players that myself and a lot of people on here have slated for the longest time.

    I was proud of every player on that pitch today as they looked more organised, confident and the fact they were enjoying their football. We didn’t just win the game, we controlled it! we bossed them in every department and came out smiling. I don’t want to get carried away but it was a joy to watch the teamwork and the communication that was on display.

    Well done to Owen….a complete turnaround in my book. Only Kev could have come up with the ingenious idea of turning him into a midfielder!

    Howay the Lads!!!

  • iain

    Mar 31, 2008 at 3:18 AM

    Comment #39

    keegans right if the team can perform like that consistently then we will only need a few players.

    personally the first to go should be those not up for the fight when the going gets tough… carr/rozehnal/emre/shola.

    then i would chuck cacapa or diatta as we would only need one as back up.

    try and sign…

    brown for rb an ch being free is a bonus.

    shorey for lb fitter than bridge and cheaper also offers us a proper set piece specialist as even today butt had to tell geremi where to kick the free kick for his goal.

    sidwell box to box cm we cant expect butt/geremi to last for ever at there age and whos knows what will happen to barton, prison or not him and butt will get banned often whether we like it or not and the less chance of geremi starting the better.

    arshavin or bentley amf/w that can play wide or in the hole or even as a 3rd cm will need a player like them if keegan persists with 433.

    gomis a big strong cf with pace to replace shola, long term to replace viduka and give us the perfect drogba type player to persist with this 433.

    keep smith/duff/zog if there happy to stay otherwise find suitable hopefully young players if they want to leave to be squad players. i would cash in on smith/duff if we got any sort of decent offer for either.

    reckon thats no more than 30m worth of signings and thats before you factor in what we would get from selling emre/shola/rozehnal probably below 25m net spent in all.

  • ende

    Mar 31, 2008 at 4:00 AM

    Comment #40

    Interesting observation: up until recently, this team has been full of players who have all been scrutinized at one point as being in it for themselves, looking to get out, self-serving, and not living up to their potential… like rats leaving a sinking ship. Things have changed a bit now, and I’m not talking about the wins. This thing has started before the wins came.. it started when this team was at its lowest low. So much doubt and desperation mingled together, frustration among the fans and players, and no single target for all the blame.

    But it seems that out of their collective sense of defeat, this team has started to gel together into something in search of a sense of dignity and pride. They’re playing for themselves and they’re playing for each other, and it shows on the pitch. A lot of this has to do with the devotion of the fans, as well as the leadership of Kev no doubt. Guys like Owen, Viduka, Barton and Martins, who for so long have seemed distant figures at this club, are now leading the charge from the front, as they should be. Michael is emerging as a natural captain, and perhaps destined to Toon greatness. Barton, if he can stay out of jail, is finding himself at a club and with a manager who are willing to give him a second chance. All of these players’ fates seem now tied to the Toon. It really is Keegan’s ability to build relationships with his players that gives him such an edge here. And despite the things some say he lacks in other departments, I can’t think of any other individual at the moment who is better suited to bring this club back to greatness.

    There are no illusions here, the past is done and we’re not out of the hole we’ve dug yet. But we look to be escaping relegation, we’ve got foundations in place (money, management, etc) to strengthen this team in the offseason, and most importantly the team itself has a lot to carry out of this season and build off of. This does not have to be a season we’d rather forget. It’s just the beginning of something better.


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