Kevin Keegan (still alive)

Spitfire

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Just watching an old documentary on him on ITV4 filmed during his time at Hamburg.

Credentials as a great and successful player are fairly clear.

What about the person? Comes across (as a younger guy) as being a bit thick, but very astute and driven in terms of career, money, ambition.

Also seemed to be a really decent guy with the fans and a genuine family guy.

Had him pigeon holed as a bit of a fanny but re-evaluating a bit now.

What say the hanging judges of FF??

(Documentary finished now, but the next one is on Niki Lauda, in case anyone’s interested)
He's always seemed a decent, honest guy to me... but emotionally driven.
 

SDF

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I like Keegan. I think he's unfairly maligned as a manager and as a person.

Too much focus on losing out in 95/96 and not enough focus on the remarkable job he did in the 3 years previous. Saved Newcastle from certain relegation to Division 3 and then had them finish 3rd in the EPL two years later.
 

buster60

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Real nice guy and a lot more astute than one or two on here suggested. Was in the same Primary class in school as my Missus in Armthorpe in Yorkshire.
 

Fat_zidane

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Should listen to top flight time machine podcast doing a deep dive into Kevin Keegan's autobiography.

Hamburg he was introduced to 'kuntenpowder'
 

Claudio Caniggia

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He had a brilliant club partnership at Liverpool with John Toshack and at international level with Trevor Brooking.

A very good player who got every ounce out his career through hard work and determination to the best he could be.
His 2 Balon D’ors say he was better than good.
 

Border City Bear

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Met KK when i worked at Centerparcs as he came into our restaurant one time when he had soccer schools there , absolute gem of a guy that had his photo taken and signed autographs with anyone that asked , was there with his wife and 2 daughters who sat waiting patiently for the best part of 20 mins , guess they were used to him having to sign autographs and get photos taken wherever he went
 

zorro

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I happened to meet him the day after my son was born.
My daughter and I were having a lunch in Frankie and Bennys in Xscape. She was only 3 at the time and was telling everyone she had aaa wee brother. As I was paying I heard an older lady say she had heard about her becoming a big sister and how nice that was. A hand was put out in front of the card machine as a voice said congratulations. As I took it I looked up and there was Kevin Keegan. I spluttered a thank you as he turned to the wee one to talk to her. Nice memory.
Also a lot shorter than I thought. Despite knowing his nickname
 

Double D

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One of my nonRangers playing heroes growing up.
He openly stated he was not the greatest football player and decided he would make up for his deficiencies by having superb fitness and an incredible work rate.
 

gersin008

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Been watching some of these these interviews and enjoyed this one. He seemed to make the most of any talent he had and was always striving to be the best. I wish more modern players were the same
 

SmileyBear

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Remember he did an interview where he stated he could not stomach the Scottish bastards.

Never quite took to the wee arsehole after that.
 

Berrytoon Bear

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Met KK when i worked at Centerparcs as he came into our restaurant one time when he had soccer schools there , absolute gem of a guy that had his photo taken and signed autographs with anyone that asked , was there with his wife and 2 daughters who sat waiting patiently for the best part of 20 mins , guess they were used to him having to sign autographs and get photos taken wherever he went
Remember reading years ago that when he was a schoolboy he asked one of his idols (can't remember who) for an autograph but the guy refused. Keegan was devastated and vowed that he would never refuse anybody who asked for an autograph if he ever became famous. Looks like he stuck to that.
 

bluewonder

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EH47

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My impression was always that he was a genuine, honest to goodness, type of guy.
A terrifically committed professional I thought.
 

Midfield General

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Just watching an old documentary on him on ITV4 filmed during his time at Hamburg.

Credentials as a great and successful player are fairly clear.

What about the person? Comes across (as a younger guy) as being a bit thick, but very astute and driven in terms of career, money, ambition.

Also seemed to be a really decent guy with the fans and a genuine family guy.

Had him pigeon holed as a bit of a fanny but re-evaluating a bit now.

What say the hanging judges of FF??

(Documentary finished now, but the next one is on Niki Lauda, in case anyone’s interested)
A lot of people will remember him for getting wound up by Fergie but he was also a fantastic player and always comes across as a decent sort.
 

punk

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Just watching an old documentary on him on ITV4 filmed during his time at Hamburg.

Credentials as a great and successful player are fairly clear.

What about the person? Comes across (as a younger guy) as being a bit thick, but very astute and driven in terms of career, money, ambition.

Also seemed to be a really decent guy with the fans and a genuine family guy.

Had him pigeon holed as a bit of a fanny but re-evaluating a bit now.

What say the hanging judges of FF??

(Documentary finished now, but the next one is on Niki Lauda, in case anyone’s interested)
One of my heroes growing up, great player
 

TimzRFudz

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I saw Malcolm MacDonald mentioned a couple of weeks ago and Superstars was the first thing I thought about. Then Keegan on the Bike and Brian Jacks who was a machine!
The Keegan bike thing was shown on the BBC Archive FB page the other day - top tv! It’s actually a cracking page to follow, back in the day when the BBC was still a decent broadcaster.

Can remember Superstars from when I was a wee guy. Would be great to see something similar these days but can’t imagine it would be allowed to happen now in a million years, between astronomical appearance fees and insurance, etc.
 

Wokster

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The Keegan bike thing was shown on the BBC Archive FB page the other day - top tv! It’s actually a cracking page to follow, back in the day when the BBC was still a decent broadcaster.

Can remember Superstars from when I was a wee guy. Would be great to see something similar these days but can’t imagine it would be allowed to happen now in a million years, between astronomical appearance fees and insurance, etc.
No chance it would happen now, unless they do a Fortnite edition ;-) I had a look at the Wiki page and they had some big name Sportsmen. Interesting to note that a certain Sir Steve Redgrave came 3'rd in 85.
 

RangersForever

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Have only heard good things about him as a person, and anyone who wins the European player of the year is a bit special on the park.
 

tumsheeheed

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Quite surprised by some comments on his playing career he was world class terrific goal scorer brilliant with both feet and he was great in the air Liverpool Hamburg Southampton Newcastle and England legend he used to torture Scotland when playing for England they couldn’t get near him can remember they had a debate on who was the better player Best or Keegan it was a show on ITV for different sports People argued the cases for both players and then there was a vote at the end Keegan won it he was a great player and not too bad a manager as well
 

Govanhighfp

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Done that not bad considering he was European footballer of the year
That's why he became player of the year, worked hard to improve his natural ability, unlike some lazy players we have had. If you read his book you'd be amazed the journey he had to get to the top.
 

laudrup71

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When Keegan had his Football thing at Braehead I happened to be heading into the XScape. A couple of cars down from me, there was an elderly guy who's car tyre was punctured and clearly struggling with taking the wheel off. I started to walk over to offer help, only to be beaten to the guy's car by Kevin Keegan!

Keegan proceeded to get caked in dirt and grime and ruin his jeans and jumper changing the guys tyre. When they then discovered another problem with the car Keegan called the AA on his own policy as the old guy wasn't covered. He was told the wait would be approx 3 hours and he'd have to be there when the recovery arrived. Amazingly, Keegan agreed to this and took the old duffer for a cup of tea whilst thy waited!

I thought it was a fantastic gesture from him. Previously, my only real interest in Keegan was laughing at the 'I'll love it if we beat them' - after that? I only hope he's successful in everything he does. Top player and awesome person. The old guy had no idea who Keegan was, and again, that didn't seem to matter to him at all.
 

southfork loyal

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Stayed in Inverkip for a while. Met him a couple of times out walking. Stopped and had a chat all things football. Came across as a decent fella.
 

HandsomeHead

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His 2 Balon D’ors say he was better than good.
The first of those especially was very bizarre though.

Hamburg finished mid table, did nothing in Europe and Keegan only scored a dozen goals in all competitions while with England he failed to qualify for the World Cup, yet somehow he was felt to be the best player in Europe in 1978?
 

Gee

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He had a brilliant club partnership at Liverpool with John Toshack and at international level with Trevor Brooking.

A very good player who got every ounce out his career through hard work and determination to the best he could be.
Trevor Brooking ???? He was a midfielder never recall him having a partnership with Keegan ! That’s a new one on me
 

jprfc

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Oh, and a wee rush of (now long lost) pride for a second at the Wembley game, watching him leading England out with Dalglish leading us out and the Magnificent Bastard right behind him. Proper football.
Doesn't get much better then that
 

GovanFront4

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Never met him but I’m sure I’ve read on here that he was a more than decent man. Maybe a few guys have met him through the football thing he had at Braehead. These Brian Moore programmes are a good watch.
I met him when he had that soccer school thing in Xscape and he was brand new.
 
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