Incredibly rare and beautiful Kevin Keegan match worn Liverpool shirt
Shirt worn by Kevin whilst playing for Liverpool during the 1975 – 1976 season
Shirt is the correct size for Kevin and has all the correct labels and tags inside from this season and time period
Correct stitching throughout the shirt inside and out
Shirt remains in good – very good condition considering its age with some small signs of wear and match use still visible
Shirt comes with a certificate of authenticity to confirm this shirt is match worn by Kevin
Keegan joined Scunthorpe as an apprentice in 1968 and made his name as a midfield player in the Fourth Division playing 120 League games. He was signed when Liverpool were busy preparing for their FA Cup final date with Arsenal at Wembley. Shankly knew he had signed a player of exceptional potential whom he supposedly envisaged replacing Ian Callaghan on the right flank as the veteran had serious ligament problems. The 20-year-old Yorkshireman was left behind when Liverpool flew off on their traditional pre-season tour. Four days before the 1971/72 season was due to open, Shankly picked Keegan for the first team in a full-scale practice match at Melwood, normally a game where fitness is more important than the result. But Keegan created havoc that day and Shankly had no hesitation in giving him his debut against Nottingham Forest at Anfield the following Saturday when the League season opened. Keegan scored after 12 minutes and after netting three times in the opening five League fixtures, it was clear that he was in the first team to stay. In fact, Keegan never played in a single reserve fixture during the whole of his seven seasons at Anfield!
Defeat at Derby and a controversial draw at Arsenal in the last two first division games of Keegan’s debut season cost Liverpool the title. But he only had to wait another 12 months to achieve that and added a UEFA Cup winners’ medal too when his early strikes in the re-arranged home leg of the final against Borussia Mönchengladbach were the platform for the club’s eventual aggregate victory, the club’s first in a European club competition. He also received the first of numerous international caps during that season when picked for a World Cup qualifier with Wales in Cardiff on 15 November 1972. In 1973/74 Keegan played in every single one of the 61 competitive matches Liverpool had in the League and three cup competitions, contributing 19 goals. Six of those came in the successful FA Cup run, including two crucial strikes against his hometown club Doncaster Rovers, bottom of the old Fourth Division at the time, who threatened to make one of the biggest upsets in the cup’s history when they took a 2-1 interval lead at Anfield, only to be pegged back by Keegan’s second-half equaliser. Ever the man for the big occasion, he produced a sensational volley past Peter Shilton in the replayed semi-final victory over Leicester City at Villa Park and then netted two goals in the one-sided Wembley showdown with Newcastle United.
The 1974/75 season started badly for Keegan, perhaps the lowest point of an illustrious career. He was sent off during a pre-season match against Kaiserslautern in West Germany and also received his marching orders four days later after clashing with Billy Bremner in the Charity Shield at Wembley. Perhaps because the traditional curtain-raiser to the season was being played at the national stadium for the first time but also because both he and Bremner took off their shirts as they left the field, both men received lengthy bans and although Keegan was allowed to play in the opening League match at Luton, he didn’t play in the First Division again until October. But he quickly found his old form and played in the remaining 33 first division fixtures as the Reds finished runners-up to Derby County. With goals hard to come by that season, how crucial his absence was, especially when the team was beaten three times in four games during September. In 1976 Liverpool repeated their League and UEFA Cup ‘double’ of 1973 and again Keegan was prominent, only missing one first division game and scoring in both legs of the European final against Bruges. “Mighty Mouse” was voted the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year in 1975/76, and then gave a season’s notice, announcing he was moving to West Germany. At a time when it was almost unheard of for English players to try their luck abroad, this caused some friction but nobody could doubt Keegan’s commitment to the cause in his farewell season. He was the club’s leading scorer in the League and contributed valuable goals as the team reached the finals of both the FA and European cups. With the Championship clinched in the penultimate League match, a historic treble triumph beckoned but Manchester United ruined that dream and it was just a question of whether the players could lift themselves for one last effort in the European Cup final only four days later. In Rome, Kevin played his heart out and ran himself and Berti Vogts into the ground. Eight minutes from time, he started a typical run from forty or so yards out, which was only ended by Vogts’ foul in the penalty area. Phil Neal converted the spot-kick to seal probably the most famous triumph in the club’s history.
Keegan was an incredible player, tireless in showing off his talents and his enthusiasm invariably made his teammates more determined to succeed. He was a smashing success at every club he played. Dangerous in the air despite a comparative lack of height, he had a wonderful understanding with big John Toshack during his early seasons at Anfield and his speed of thought created numerous goals for his colleagues with his intelligent runs and passing. He was the first pin-up boy Liverpool had really ever had and made the number seven shirt so famous. Kevin Keegan should rightly be remembered as one of the finest players ever to wear a Liverpool shirt.
Amazing and rare worn shirt from one of the clubs greatest ever players
Museum example item