Rob Lee is back at St James Park on Saturday but supporting the wrong team…
A very proud day as the Newcastle legend is set to watch sons Olly Lee and Elliot Lee, take on ‘his’ club.
For a former top player to see two sons both make it in professional football is a rarity and Newcastle fans will forgive him for cheering the opposition tomorrow.
The cup-tie has given Rob Lee (pictured above with a paper copy of The Mag back in the day) the chance to reminisce about his Newcastle United days and just how great it was playing under Kevin Keegan.
Away from the matches as well, the former Newcastle midfielder talks of how the other players were also his mates, and that the dads/players (Lee, Shearer, Speed, Barton, Given) would get together away from training and have games of five a side with all their kids joining in. What a childhood that must have been!
Rob Lee talking to the Telegraph:
“It’s a dream come true for the boys (Rob’s two sons) to go back there, it’s the next best thing to pulling on a black-and-white shirt.
“People ask, ‘Do you regret not winning the league?’ and I genuinely say to them the five years I had with Keegan I would not trade for a league winner’s medal.
“He played the kind of football I dreamed of as a kid.
“I played for Charlton under Lennie Lawrence and Alan Curbishley and it was all very structured. Keegan said to me once, ‘I just buy good players and let them play’.
“I just wish he had won the league, then no one could question him, and maybe the whole structure of coaching would have changed.
“He wanted to buy players who wanted to entertain. At one time, we had Ginola, Asprilla, Ferdinand, Beardsley, Shearer all playing. I had to play holding midfield. He called me and Dave Batty his dogs.
“If I’m being honest, I think both of them (Rob Lee’s sons) are suited to a higher league, I’m looking forward to Luton getting promotion and seeing how they get on in a higher division.
“They (Rob Lee’s sons) were playing against my mates who were all professional players: Alan Shearer, Gary Speed, Warren Barton, Shay Given.
“They used to come round during the season and we had five-a-sides with all the kids. I don’t know if it was allowed. I don’t think the physio was very happy about it…but he used to join in as well.”