Kevin Keegan has admitted today it will be special for him to return to the town he was born in – Doncaster – for tomorrow’s pre-season friendly game with Doncaster Rovers.
Â Kevin Keegan – born in Armthorpe on the outskirts of Doncaster
The Newcastle manager was born in the small village of Armthorpe on the outskirts of the town on Valentine’s Day, 1951, but left when he was just 15 years old to pursue a football career with Scunthorpe United.
Keegan believes the game will be a good test for his small squad at the Keepmoat Stadium tomorrow afternoon, as they step up their pre-season preparations.
Kevin told nufcTV today:
“It’s always nice to go back to your home town,”Â “I left there when I was 15 when I went to Scunthorpe but it’s always good to go back.”
“I’ve still got a lot of friends there and I still know a lot of Doncaster Rovers supporters who will be pleased to see me back but will be wanting to see their team turn us over.”
“And it’s a good game for us. Doncaster are now just one league below us and that’s a tremendous achievement by everybody there and they’re preparing for life in the Championship.”
“So again, like Hartlepool, they will be a week ahead of us in terms of working with the ball and would’ve played a few games by that point.”
“It should work out a good match and I should be blooding some youngsters just to give them a bit of experience.”
“Some of them might not be quite ready but we’ll never learn that until we put them out there.”
They must be really proud of their home town son in Armthorpe, since Kevin has had an absolutely outstanding career in football, both as a player and a manager, and his name is known in football circles around the world.
And he is so well liked and respected as a good man too, which is even more important.
It would be good if Kevin gets the chance to visit Armthrorpe, while he’s in Doncaster tomorrow, but let’ s not allow sentiment to stop us winning big time, if we can do that tomorrow afternoon.
We need to play well and win, against the newly promoted Championship side, to keep the momentum and confidence going.
Our first league game at Manchester United is just 3 weeks away come Sunday.