It’s hard to think that Newcastle will ever again have as entertaining a side as Kevin Keegan had in those magical five years he was first manager of the club from 1992 through 1997.
Kevin Keegan got Newcastle promoted in 1993 as Division One Champions
But there again, maybe Alan Pardew can rekindle those great times at Newcastle.
It was on 5th February 1992, almost eight years after his final game as a Newcastle United player, that Kevin Keegan started his career as a football manager, by taking over at Newcastle.
Newcastle were in England’s second division at the time, and Keegan was appointed to prevent Newcastle from being relegated to the third tier of English football for the first time in their history, and he managed to do that – just.
And then he had Newcastle promoted in 1993 as the Division One Champions, after the Premier League had just been established the previous year.
And Kevin Keegan’s team finished in third position in their first season ever in the Premier League, slipped back to 6th in the next season, and then were second two years later, when we really should have won it being 10 points clear of Manchester United over the Xmas holidays.
It was during those five years from 1992 through January of 1997 that Newcastle gained fans around the world with their terrific and exciting attacking performances.
With Newcastle now being 6th top of the Premier League and regularly on TV often in games shown live around the world, we are again picking up support.
And of course that fantastic come-back against Arsenal last February was a story reported around the world, and gained the Magpies lots of new admirers.
And how can we ever forget Cheick Tiote’s first goal ever for Newcastle in the 88th minute of that game, shown above, to tie the scores?
And then Kevin Nolan was only a whisker away from giving Newcastle the victory in injury time, when his shot whistled past the upright.
John Beresford played for Kevin Keegan from 1992 through the time time Kevin left in early 1997, and he’s been interviewed today in the local Newcastle press, and he had this to say about Kevin Keegan:
“When we got promoted, people said it was all about survival,” “Kevin Keegan never ever spoke about survival.”
“He would just say, ‘We’re better than this team’. He said there was only a couple of teams we couldn’t compete with at that time.”
“We struggled early on in the season, but once we realised we could compete, the confidence went up.”
“I don’t think any team will finish third in their first season ever again.”
It’s hard to think that Newcastle will ever have a side as exciting as Kevin Keegan’s side of the 1990s, although they never won anything, other than the League One Championship in 1993.
And that was a feat accomplished by Chris Hughton in 2010, and with more points than Kevin’s team achieved, but unfortunately his only repayment for that seems to have been the sack in December of 2010, when Alan Pardew arrived on Tyneside.
But Alan Pardew is doing a very good job at trying to play attacking football, which is how Geordie fans want to see the lads play.
And we suffered in our last game because Alan played too much of an attacking side, but we were just not good enough to do that against Spurs in their very top form, and we got torn apart.
But Alan Pardew will learn from that, and maybe he can have Newcastle back up there in those heady heights of the top four in the Premier League – and soon too.
We wouldn’t put it past him to be able to do just that, and he’s already proved us wrong, because we thought he’d be hopeless at Newcastle.
Wrong again, but all credit to Alan for what he’s done at Newcastle – so far. 😀
But first things first – and the only thing the lads need to concentrate on this week, is how we get all 3 points against Wolves on Saturday.
Howay The Lads!!