One Of Those Southerners Newcastle Fans Love To Hate – Video Special
When it comes to essential qualities in a football manager, the ability to persuade players to sign is right up there, with no better example than Kevin Keegan and the Robert Lee story.
In the years to come Keegan often referred to Lee as his best ever signing and certainly the manager’s later claim that the former Charlton player was the best midfielder in the Premier League, wouldn’t have found many arguments from Newcastle fans who watched him week in week out (of course if you[intlink id=”48501″ type=”post”] listen to Dennis Wise[/intlink] then obviously Robert Lee would have been one of the most hated people to ever walk the streets of Newcastle).
Back in 1992 United had started well after bouncing back from near disaster and the third tier only months earlier, Newcastle found themselves top of the table with Charlton just behind.
Desperate to return to The Valley, Charlton were forced to sell their biggest asset and Robert Lee joined Newcastle. However, Middlesbrough were then a Premier League club and were also competing for Lee’s signature.
The story afterwards was that Keegan had told Lee that Newcastle was closer to London than Middlesbrough to help make his mind up but I think we all know the reality was that KK sold Robert Lee the dream of what he was hoping to build.
Ironically, Newcastle were drawn against Boro in the League Cup and so 22 years ago today, the two clubs met.
Robert Lee was the star man at Ayresome Park as he pulled the strings on the wing and in midfield, with three quality goals from David Kelly (2) and Liam O’Brien settling the match and the tie at 3-1, Wilkinson getting a consolation.
Enjoy that night again below in these two bits of video footage, Kevin Keegan’s magical style of football and a huge away following on the terraces behind the goal.
Pure nostalgia – enjoy.
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