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What Did Kevin Keegan Know?

7 years ago

I don’t have an i-phone.  I don’t have sky plus.  I don’t twitter or facebook.

I am officially a Luddite and a member of the flat earth society.  The truth is I really am not fussed about missing out on the digital revolution going on around me.

However, when I snapped a cruciate ligament recently, I found myself with a problem. I had a month or so of inactivity to deal with.  After a couple of weeks, I had exhausted my dvds of Spooks, 24 and Life on Mars, so it was time for the Video Recorder and a tape from 1989.

Some bloke called Keegan, who I believe had been a player at the club for a couple of years in the 80s, had been asked to compile his all time Newcastle United team.  This was it:

McFaul, Craig, Brennan, Moncur, Clark, Milburn, McDermott, Allchurch, Waddle, Macdonald, Gallacher

Put 100 people in a room and ask them to name their greatest ever eleven and I guess you would get 100 different teams. It’s totally subjective and a very personal choice.  I never saw Milburn play but I did see Macdonald, therefore Supermac would get my vote as the better player over a man who would go on to have a stand named after him.

But would anyone under 50 years of age choose the bandy legged one before Shearer?  I don’t think so.

Looking at his team, you have to remember just where we were at the time he chose it.  Languishing in Division two, heading toward meltdown, only for some bloke called Keegan to arrive and save us from oblivion.

Absolutely nothing remotely like success had occurred in the 20 odd years since the Fairs Cup.  So it’s hardly surprising that Chris Waddle made his starting line up.

Waddle was a good player for us and would turn out to be a great player elsewhere, but would he keep some of those wingers who were to come after him, out of your team?  The likes of Ginola, Robert, Sellars, or Solano for example.

So because there is nothing else going on during this summer,  to help pass the close season away… What’s your team?

I am guessing very few of Keegan’s team will make it and most definitely none of the present lot. For the record, here is mine. You may think that they were not the best we ever had but you cant argue that they were all a joy to watch.

Given, Steve Watson, Albert, Woodgate, Alan Kennedy, Ginola, Beardsley, McDermott, Solano, Ferdinand, Cole.   

No Shearer? Sacrilege !!


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