Funnily enough, Kevin Keegan has only played once in his home town of Doncaster, since he left there when he was 15 years old in 1966.
Kevin Keegan – played only once at Doncaster
The one time he played was when Liverpool went there for an FA Cup 3rd round replay, in 1974, on their way to the FA Cup final that year.
That was the time they beat Newcastle rather too easily 3-0, with two goals from Kevin Keegan and one from Steve Heighway.
That’s the final that Malcolm MacDonald had promised the fans a win at – oh well.
The FA Cup tie was at Doncasterâ€™s former Belle Vue Stadium, which overlooks the more famous racecourse, and now of course the team, on their way up, now have their new excellent Keepmoat Stadium.
Keegan talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œI went to Doncaster when I was with Manchester City but I donâ€™t think I went there with Newcastle first time around as manager.”
â€œI didnâ€™t play there until Liverpool went there for a cup match. Funnily enough, it was the season we won the FA Cup against Newcastle.”
â€œDoncaster came to Anfield in the third round and drew 2-2 with us and to tell the truth they nearly put us out.”
â€œWe went there for the replay during a power cut â€“ it was the time when the games were played in the afternoon â€“ and we beat them.”
â€œBelle Vue, where I used to go and watch them, has gone, and theyâ€™ve done tremendously well.â€
It should be another good outing for the lads tomorrow, and we’re hoping for some good formÂ from the team again.
Last week’s game at Hartlepool, especially in the second half, gave Newcastle fans the lift they needed, after a dismal time so far in the transfer market this summer.
If the players in the current squad can show some excellent form, as a few showed last week like Duff and Guthrie, that will go a long way to keeping the fans’ hopes high for next season.
But of course we still must sign at least 5 good players before August 31st, and that still seems to be proving difficult.