Arthur Cox was the man who brought Kevin Keegan to Newcastle United.

If you weren’t around at the time, it is hard to understand just how massive this was at the time.

The then England Captain persuaded to leave the top division and drop into the second tier with Newcastle.

Winner of many league titles and European Cups, joining a Newcastle team that had experienced real wilderness years as they suffered in the then Division Two.

Arthur Cox was the man who put Keegan, Beardsley and Waddle together in that brilliant forward line, and Terry McDermott in behind.

What a season that was as Newcastle swept to promotion in 1983/84.

Showing though that Mike Ashley isn’t the only rubbish owner the club has had, the then board refused to back Arthur Cox and when promoted, he instead left and joined Derby County wh were then in the third tier of English football.

However, very quickly though he won then two promotions and took them into the first division, Newcastle United heading in the other direction once again…

For that brilliant job at Derby County, Arthur Cox has now been honoured at the 2017 Derby Telegraph Sports Awards.

Kevin Keegan couldn’t be there but sent a special message for his old boss who took him to Newcastle.

Cox was later of course reunited with Kevin Keegan when he became manager at Newcastle, plus they also worked together at Fulham, Manchester City and with the England national team.

Kevin Keegan:

“I’m so pleased that what you have done in football is being recognised.

“People in the Midlands are obviously very sensible and know their stuff!

“I can only speak from my point of view, how you influenced my life.

“Of all the coaches I worked with, and I worked with a few, my time with you at Newcastle was as good as it ever got.

“Your honesty, your professionalism, your dedication, is what they are recognising and it is about time, because people like you who give so much to the game sometimes don’t get recognised.

“You deserve it mate, you have done so much for football.

“If someone was to say what does Arthur Cox mean to you?

“Apart from a very, very good friend, I would say that he is the most honest person I have ever met in my life and that honesty transfers to all the people around you.

“You probably won’t enjoy this, because you don’t like publicity, we all know that, but just for once, let yourself go, have a little bit of wine and be sure there are so many people who would love to be there to recognise what you have done in football.

“Well done, mate. I am pleased for you.”

  • TheNutJob

    The only one`s old enough to see that lot would be Jezza & Leazes, i`m guessing mind

    • Albert Stubbins

      Give ower. I’m forty seven and seen them . Was 1982 not 1892 man!!

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Already had a season ticket when Keegan signed and went up straight to the ground and there were thousands buying season tickets never seen anything like it. They had to keep the ticket office open for several hours after closing time. Arthur was a sergeant major type who never drank and sadly think his wife passed away at an early age. The two years when Keegan played under him were two of the best in my lifetime great times especially the Q.P.R. home game.

  • Peaky Magpie

    I remember queuing for hours to see Keenan’s debut.A red hot day if I can remember and Concorde was also in town.I’ll never forget the noise and pandemonium when he scored.Folklore history now.

    • Geordiegiants

      Wish I had been there. I started goin the Jack Charlton years.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Thats twice I’ve had messages pending then disappearing today.Is this site turning like the DVLA where you have to fail so many people per month or like the police force where you have to hit your arrest targets ??? Unbelievable.

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Yes the gates were closed well before the kick off. If you google Derek Deca Thornton that’s my mate on the barrier with no top on in full voice. Sadly he passed away earlier this year but it’s a famous photo which hopefully will still be in the Black Horse Monkseaton when it re opens shortly.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Who runs this site ??? Left wing Marxists judging by the number of posts I’ve had pending then disappearing today for absolutely no reason whatsoever !! Could someone please explain ???

      • Geordiegiants

        It’s overly moderated, some words are taken out of context so they just scrap your post,

      • Geordiegiants

        I’ve just tried to write Arthur C O X and my post was deleted. Pure shyte this site now.

        • Peaky Magpie

          Same here wouldn’t let me print C O X,I will give them something to moan about before the night is out in a minute !!!

  • Whickhamrobbie

    along with the Blyth spartans cup game at SJP Keegans Debut is my most memorable memory . Up at the gallowgate three hours before KO with a 6 pack from the co-op ,then Concord flying over ,squeezing in behind the goal . THEN that goal .
    All thanks to Arthur what a memory . oh and well done BEZ on your award today

    • Leazes Ender

      You never see beer bought in units of six in this country…. American phrase adopted by fitness folk.

      • Whickhamrobbie

        ok i bought 4 then another 2 you idiot

        • HappyToons

          36 cans then, what a softie compared to the rest of us at that match ;-)

    • X,WHY,Y MAN.

      Howay The Stan !

      We will be meeting you shortly on the 2nd of December at The Glebe for what will be a tough game.

      • Whickhamrobbie

        robins boys will turn you over but come and enjoy a pint in the Glebe and return to heaton well oiled but with no points .

        • X,WHY,Y MAN.

          We’ll see, But your lot are like the Wimbledon of The Northern League so it will be tough with constant air raid.

  • Geordiegiants

    You can’t even post Arthur C O X on this fncking site. The Mag you need to sort this shyte out it’s fncking ridiculous.

  • TheFatController

    When we beat Man City 5-0, their keeper Williams was man of the match. Another game with turnstiles closed about 1.30!

    We played such good football that day, and to think we were only a few years away from Gazza coming through ….such poor club management to let waddle Beardsley and Gazza depart. Let alone driving Arthur Cx away…