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The Day Newcastle Fans and Kevin Keegan Turned Against Sir Bobby Robson

8 years ago

One item caught my eye in this week’s Mag Auctions, I checked it up and it was just as I thought…the time that Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson were anything but the best of friends.

Newcastle fans were also furious with the then yet to be knighted Bobby Robson and who would have thought what would follow some 17 years later.

Let me take you back to the summer of 1982, two major events occurred in English football; Bobby Robson was appointed England manager and a certain Kevin Keegan amazed the football world by dropping down to division two, the England captain had come to save us. The signing of Alan Shearer in 1996 was definitely a ‘where were you’ moment but if you were around in 1982, Newcastle were in a desperate state and to have Keegan rocking up at St.James’ Park was just mind blowing.

Keegan of course revitalised Newcastle United and nobody who was there will forget his goalscoring debut against QPR with god knows how many locked out.

However, only weeks after that Keegan debut, there was a shock for everybody. Bobby Robson named his first England squad for a Euro qualifier against Denmark and the captain, Kevin Keegan, was nowhere to be seen.

Keegan was distraught and to make it worse he made public his disappointment that Robson hadn’t got in touch personally to tell him of his decision.

I remember Bobby Robson coming back to watch Newcastle and there were widespread reports of Newcastle fans abusing him, such was their disgust at what they took as a personal sleight by one of their own. At the time the decision was really seen as a massive disrespect against the fans of Newcastle United, not just Keegan himself, the fans unable to understand why Bobby would do this when the player had signed for the club that he had supported from a boy.

The passage of time obviously eased things between these two huge characters but back in 1982, none of us could have guessed what massive contributions both KK and Sir Bobby would make in the years to come.

This week we are looking at various angles that tie NUFC together with England and we have items featuring Gazza and Shearer in the latest Mag Auctions of classic Newcastle United memorabilia, plus many other items featuring the likes of Chris Waddle and Sir Bobby Robson.

One of the prime collectors’ items in our auctions is the match programme from that Denmark v England match, Bobby Robson’s first match as England manager and the game that sparked Kevin Keegan’s international retirement. You can view the programme HERE, plus the rest of the Newcastle/England items.

Each Sunday a new batch of NUFC collectables are made available on eBay with prices starting from as low as 99p.

With a deep love of United’s history and the classic memorabilia and programmes that are a big part of that, we have always intended to bring you our very own auctions.

Delving into Newcastle’s extraordinary history, each week we will be putting a number of items up for auction via eBbay, with prices starting from as a little as 99p.

Not everybody will want to bid on the items but we are sure that the range of items will provoke interest and debate, plus the memories flooding back.

It costs nothing to look and with the auctions lasting for a week you have plenty of time to keep an eye and bid at any time over the 7 days, potentially picking up a real bargain.

Every week a selection including programmes, magazines, tickets, trading cards and clothing CLICK HERE to visit.


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