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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 January 2008, 22:13 GMT
King Kev and the FA Cup
By Aimee Lewis

The FA Cup and Kevin Keegan, to coin a phrase, go together like a horse and carriage.

Both are romantics, both are capable of spectacular exits and both, in their time, have treated football fans to some memorable games.

Kevin Keegan
Keegan's second... and Newcastle were undressed! They were absolutely stripped naked

David Coleman - 1974 FA Cup

Keegan's last FA Cup game was a 1-0 defeat to Oldham in January 2005 when he was manager of Manchester City.

As the Newcastle United boss heads to the Emirates Stadium for a fourth-round tie against Arsenal his mind will undoubtedly be filled with some sepia-tinged moments, of which there are a few. Some good. Some bad.

Here, we take a look at the most significant FA Cup games in the career of Joseph Kevin Keegan.


King Kev became the first player to score two goals in an FA Cup final since Mike Trebilcock for Everton in 1966 as Liverpool cruised to victory.

Kevin Keegan
Keegan scored 100 goals for Liverpool in 323 appearances

"Goals pay the rent, Keegan does his share," said BBC commentator David Coleman of Keegan's first - a half-volley from inside the box - which set the Reds on their way.

His second, a tap-in after some total football from Tommy Smith, Steve Heighway and John Toshack on the right flank, then had Coleman uttering the unforgettable: "Keegan's second... and Newcastle were undressed! They were absolutely stripped naked."

Keegan scored six goals in the Cup that season, starting with two goals against the club which had rejected him as a youngster, Doncaster Rovers.


He scored another brace in the semi-final against Leicester City at Villa Park, including a spectacular lob-volley over the head of England colleague Peter Shilton.

Leeds had won the League title after going unbeaten for a then-record 29 games at the start of the season but a trip to Wembley - and Keegan's two goals - lifted the Reds' spirits.

Although, the mental image conjured up by Coleman of Malcolm McDonald and co wearing, well, nothing, may have disturbed some viewers!


Wembley. The FA Cup final. The scene was set for Keegan's last appearance on home soil in a Liverpool shirt.

Midway through the season Keegan had announced he was to leave Anfield to join German club SV Hamburg for a record 500,000.

"When everything in the garden is rosy and you think you've got where you want to, it's time to move on," Keegan once said of his shock decision, which was the cause of discontent on Merseyside.

1951: Born Feb 14, Armthorpe, Yorkshire
1968: Joins Scunthorpe United as an apprentice
1971: Transferred to Liverpool for 35,000
1972: Makes England debut against Wales
1977: Helps Liverpool win the European Cup and moves to SV Hamburg for 500,000
1992: Named manager of Newcastle United and in 1996 guided them to a second-placed finish in the Premiership
1997: Resigns as Newcastle boss in January. Returns to football in September with Fulham
1999: Appointed England manager but resigns a year later after defeat to Germany
2001: Appointed manager of Manchester City
March 2005: Retires from football management
January 2008: Confirmed as Newcastle manager

The garden was in full bloom.

Liverpool were on course to achieving an unprecedented treble thanks in no small part to their number seven's outstanding form.

But goals from Stuart Pearson and Jimmy Greenhoff denied the diminutive striker of a unique hat-trick of trophies, and his second FA Cup winners' medal.

Four days later however and the England forward could console himself with the "double" as Liverpool, having already won the league title, went on to beat Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 in the European Cup final.

The FA Cup may have evaded him in 1977 but Keegan brought the curtain down on his Liverpool career with the panache of a Hollywood scriptwriter.


Keegan returned to the club where he had won three League titles, the FA Cup, the Uefa Cup and the European Cup.

Kevin Keegan
After the defeat to Liverpool Keegan decided to end his playing career

Newcastle, who were in the old second division, took 15,000 fans to Anfield and the Magpies were quietly confident of achieving a Cup upset.

But United were unable to get the better of a team which included the likes of Ian Rush, Kenny Dalglish and Alan Hansen and, after the heavy defeat, the two-time European Footballer of the Year decided to call it a day.

He announced he would stop playing at the end of the season - yet not before a typical Keegan swansong.

The striker scored in his final league game to clinch promotion and then, still in his kit, hopped into a white helicopter which was waiting for him on the pitch and flew off to sunnier climes.


By now, Keegan was a master of emotional returns.

Kevin Keegan
Keegan was given a rapturous reception on his return in 2002

The Magpies were managed by Bobby Robson - the man who had effectively ended Keegan's international playing career - but it was their former manager's name the Geordie faithful chanted at St James' Park, even though he had left the club five years previously.

The match was, predictably, frantically entertaining. Sky Blues defender Richard Dunne was sent off after 28 minutes for a foul on Craig Bellamy and City had numerous chances to clinch a quarter-final tie against Arsenal.

Ultimately, however, Nolberto Solano's 59th-minute goal at the Gallowgate End denied Keegan a romantic victory.

"What they did was to say thank you," said Keegan of the outstanding reception awarded to him by the Newcastle fans.

"They never got the chance because of the circumstances in which I left. We understand each other and that's all that matters.

"You ask what it was like in my time here, but none of you will ever truly know. But the fans, they understand."


Keegan described the game as the greatest Cup match he had ever seen while Spurs' then caretaker manager David Pleat said he was "shell-shocked".

City had won just one of their previous 18 league and cup games and the club was beset by rumours of dressing-room unrest.

Within two minutes City were a goal behind to Ledley King's curling left-footed shot and before half-time they were 3-0 down and seemingly heading out of the Cup.

Worse was to follow. The Sky Blues went down to 10-men after the break when Joey Barton was sent off, while leading scorer Nicolas Anelka had already limped off with a hamstring injury.

Keegan had been involved in some magical games during his managerial career but not even the most optimistic City fan could have predicted what happened next. Indeed, a number had walked out of White Hart Lane at half-time.

City went on to score four goals without reply - they did not even need extra-time - and Keegan, who at half-time looked to be facing the sack, was smiling like a seven-year-old who had been given a free run of a sweet shop.


Technically, Keegan was not involved in this match but the sight of the beaming former England manager taking his seat in the directors' box 15 minutes into the match is probably one of the more memorable FA Cup appearances.

Newcastle fans
Newcastle United fans after hearing of King Kev's third coming

In one of the most compelling footballing tales in recent memory, Newcastle United had appointed Keegan as Sam Allardyce's replacement.

"Geordie Messiah to be unveiled as new manager" was the message on Newcastle United's official website just hours before the game.

"Kevin's back and we're in heaven" read one of the banners at St James' Park.

The streets around the ground were bustling with excitable Magpies fans whose imaginations had been captured by the possibility of a return to the entertaining football they witnessed during King Kev's first tenure as manager between 1992 and 1997.

Geordies were in shock, but they quickly remembered the words to the favourite old tune 'Walking in a Keegan wonderland' as they cheered their galvanised side to a convincing victory over a Championship team which had not been beaten in 12 games.

"It gave them a great lift," said Stoke manager Tony Pulis of 'the Keegan factor'.

"I thought they'd go for (former Newcastle striker) Alan Shearer, because they need a hero, but in Kevin they've certainly got one."

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