Four days after being made the scapegoat by some for the FA Cup final defeat by Manchester United, which had scuppered dreams of the treble, Keegan won back the everlasting affection of the supporters with a dazzling performance against Borussia Moenchengladbach. Keegan began his career at Scunthorpe United, before being signed for Liverpool for £35,000 by Bill Shankly after catching the eye of scout Geoff Twentyman. England. Feb 14, 1951 (69), Place of birth: Although he'd been signed with a view to replacing Ian Callaghan in midfield, the confident new recruit immediately impressed in an attacking role during pre-season. Joseph Kevin Keegan (born 14 February 1951) is a former professional footballer and manager who played for Liverpool from 1971 to 1977. Kevin Keegan's goal in a 5-0 win vs Newcastle in March 1972 was so described by Liverpool Echo. But Keegan created havoc that day and Shankly had no hesitation in giving him his debut against Nottingham Forest at Anfield the following Saturday when the League season opened. With his famous 'bubble' perm, the Yorkshire-born striker was an icon both for Liverpool and England. "Kevin's sheer enthusiasm, bravery, fearless attitude and desire forced him in to the team. More rain in Germany ahead of the return game left a heavy pitch, which suited Liverpool as Shankly set them up to stoutly defend their three-goal advantage. We seemed to hit it off from almost day one and then got better and better as time went by. We loved him. Ashman viewed Keegan as a right-midfielder, which was fair enough, since the major strength of the young man’s game was incredible stamina which allowed Keegan to run around for 90 minutes without appearing to suffer any fatigue whatsoever. John Toshack and Kevin Keegan were the quintessential strike pair. This began a long period of dominance in which Liverpool would go on to win another 10 league titles over the 1970s and '80s, establishing the club as the most successful in the history of English football. But, with the recently appointed England skipper's stock rising on and off the pitch, speculation mounted that several clubs from abroad were circling. Joseph Kevin Keegan (born 14 February 1951) is a former professional footballer and manager who played for Liverpool from 1971 to 1977. By then, Kevin had broken into the senior England set-up too. Despite a lot of positive ‘bluster’ beforehand from the likes of star striker Malcolm Macdonald, the Magpies were very much underdogs. Shankly could see straight away he has signed a true gem as he revealed in late August 1971. Rumours swept around Rome that either myself or Jimmy Case had given Kevin a belt. Shankly knew he had signed a player of exceptional potential whom he supposedly envisaged replacing Ian Callaghan on the right flank as the veteran had serious ligament problems. Keegan then grabbed his second goal, and the final Liverpool goal ever scored under Bill Shankly’s management, when he again met a nice ball across the box from Smith on 88 minutes to make it 3-0. The game was effectively decided in five frantic minutes. Keegan played in every single game, scoring seven times during the period, including his first senior hat-trick in a 4-2 victory over Ipswich Town at Anfield on 17 November 1973. ", "If he does not want to play for Liverpool then we can forego the option. At the age of 15, he started working at a brass works as an office clerk, but continued to play football both on Saturdays, and for a Sunday morning league team that represented a local hotel. Nellis was so impressed by Keegan’s work-rate and ability with the football that he contacted the Irons, and arranged a trial for the teenager. Their European Cup adventure had barely gotten off the ground before it was over. Keegan had assumed penalty-taking duties from Tommy Smith midway through the campaign, and finished the season with 13 goals from 41 league appearances. He remained instrumental for Liverpool during the campaign, helping Liverpool to victory in both the European Cup and First Division, as well as reaching the final of the FA Cup. The 20-year-old Yorkshireman was left behind when Liverpool flew off on their traditional pre-season tour. The Kop buzzed and Keegan was the embodiment of that restless energy that cascaded down from the terraces. A newspaper article from 28 June 1976 from the Daily Express. That missed penalty would prove decisive.
", Kevin Keegan after the European Cup final 1977, "Myself and Kevin Keegan worked up a good understanding and as a partnership we flourished. Indeed, between suffering a 2-1 loss at Derby County on 2 September 1972 and going down 2-1 at Wolves on 27 January 1973, Keegan’s team only lost a single league game (a 2-0 defeat at Manchester United); that was one defeat in over four months of league action. Energetic, enthusiastic and 100 per cent committed to the Kop cause, Keegan was a born winner who provided Shankly's second great side with the spark that ignited a renewed assault on the major honours. Revelling in his new-found fame, KK didn't look back, forming an almost telepathic partnership with John Toshack that would become one of the deadliest in the game. Rather, for them, it is “a labour of love” too. Scunthorpe United were then a Fourth Division outfit with very little money, managed by Ron Ashman. 100. I am a passionate football fan, someone for whom the sport is MUCH more than a game (and indeed takes up far more of my time, interest and emotional reserves than it should – just ask my wife…). Toshack was rapidly becoming the ‘difference’ between the sides. We are pleased to welcome columnist Declan Sloan aboard at LFChistory.net. He made his debut for his country, then under the guidance of Sir Alf Ramsey, in a 1-0 win over Wales in Cardiff during the 1974 World Cup qualification stage on 15 November 1972. I have no regrets. The men from Elland Road had started the season by going for a then-record 29 games unbeaten. Ronaldo (Part 2): That Goal! Joseph Kevin Keegan; Born: 14th February 1951, Armthorpe, Doncaster; England Career: 1972 - 1982; Positions whilst with England: Midfield & Centre Forward; Clubs (and caps) whilst with England: Liverpool (29), SV Hamburg (25) & Southampton (9) FA Legacy Number: 887; England Career Statistics.
However, Bill Shankly had noticed that the German defence was susceptible to high balls into their penalty area, and when the game was rescheduled for the following evening, he altered his starting line-up to include big John Toshack instead of the diminutive Brian Hall. 'Robbery with violence' was how Bill Shankly described the capture of Keegan from Scunthorpe for a measly £35,000.
", "I'm not a Scouser and I've never pretended to be," he explained. There have been numerous characters down through the years, both players and managers, for whom I have developed a huge deal of respect because the game clearly meant so much to them. Liverpool FC Wiki is a FANDOM Lifestyle Community. I always admired Tosh's honesty as a player. He was signed when Liverpool were busy preparing for their FA Cup final date with Arsenal at Wembley. With a chance for his second goal, Keegan hit his effort weakly for the bottom left corner- only to see ‘Gladbach keeper Wolfgang Kleff guess correctly and save it! He chased, he harried, he gave everything. This Kopite was a nice old fellow with no harm in him. On a balmy night in the Olympic Stadium his tireless work-rate and close control bamboozled experienced German international Bertie Vogts to such an extent that he had no option but to bring him down for the penalty that sealed a momentous victory. Cup.
His decision was understandably met with disdain from certain sections of the Kop and his once soaring popularity dipped significantly, with some fans questioning his loyalty. All rights reserved. However, Leeds still won the league title by five clear points, since they’d lost only four games all season. The Reds finished third in the league table, a mere point behind the new Champions of England, Derby County (who were managed by a shy, retiring young man called Brian Clough…), and only beaten to the runners-up spot by Don Revie’s Leeds United on goal difference. The 1977 European Cup final against Borussia Monchengladbach was Keegan's last match in a Liverpool shirt, and although he didn't score, he was fouled in the Borussia Monchengladbach box by Berti Vogts, giving Liverpool a penalty that was converted by Phil Neal, sealing Liverpool's 3-1 victory. Match report from British Soccer Week on Liverpool - Chesterfield on 22.09.1992. ", LFC had first option on Keegan but he decided against a return to Anfield and signed for Southampton - Bob Paisley, "Kevin Keegan was signed and made an unbelievable impact. It sounds a great story, but it’s completely untrue.
What an exciting time the 1970s were. He chased, he harried, he gave everything. Keegan was born on St. Valentine’s Day 1951, into a family of coal-miners; his grandfather Frank heroically saved many fellow miners’ lives during the 1909 West Stanley Pit disaster, which still claimed the lives of 168 working men. He had been larking about in the pool with Phil Neal who had accidentally caught him in the eye. Having sold me for £500,000 and then paying £440,000 for Kenny.
Then, a few minutes later, the game swung decisively in favour of the hosts; Tommy Smith lifted a free-kick high into the German box, which Berti Vogts could only head out towards Emlyn Hughes. Although he started in every single game, including the season opener against Manchester City on 12 August 1972, it took Keegan almost a month to notch his first goal of the new season, at Carlisle United in a League Cup fixture.
He was later slapped with an 11-game ban but emerged from this controversy more determined than ever.
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