Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Great Player, for Sure - but a Great Manager? We Look Back at the Life and Varied Career of Kevin Keegan

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Great Player, for Sure - but a Great Manager? We Look Back at the Life and Varied Career of Kevin Keegan

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1951: Born Joseph Kevin Keegan February 14, Armthorpe, Yorkshire. 1968: Joins Scunthorpe United as an apprentice. 1971: Transferred to Liverpool for pounds 35,000.

1972: Makes England debut against Wales and goes on to help Liverpool win first of three championships during his time at Anfield. 1973: Keegan wins Uefa Cup winner's medal for the first time. They won again in 1976.

1974: Scores twice as Liverpool beat Newcastle 3-0 in the FA Cup final. 1976: Named footballer of the year. 1977: A pivotal force in helping Liverpool win the European Cup for the first timeh. Transferred to SV Hamburg for pounds 500,000.

1978: Wins Bundesliga championship medal and is voted European player of the year for 1977-78, an honour he repeated the following year.

1980: Transferred to Southampton for pounds 420,000.

1982: Last England match as substitute against Spain in Madrid, 1982 World Cup. Won 63 caps, scored 21 goals.

1982: Voted PFA player of the year and transferred to Newcastle for pounds 100,000.

1984: Retired from playing after helping Newcastle re-enter the top flight.

1992: Returned to soccer after an eight-year break as manager of Newcastle and three months later signed a three-year contract. 1993: Newcastle promoted to Premier League as Division One champions. Keegan named Division One manager of the season.

1994: Keegan appointed director of football and agreed new deal that tied him to club for next 10 years.

1995: Newcastle reached quarter-finals of FA Cup and failed to qualify for Europe after finishing sixth in the Premier League.

1996: Saw his Newcastle side lose 12-point lead at the top of the Premier League and finish second to Manchester United. Blew his top at Sir Alex Ferguson in a live television interview with the famous "love it" quote. 1997: Resigned as Newcastle manager in January. Returned to football on September 25 when appointed chief operating officer at Fulham. 1998: Took control of playing matters after sacking Ray Wilkins.

1999: February 17 - Appointed England coach for four matches but stressed he would combine the job with his Fulham duties and guided the club to the Division Two championship. …

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