The day an England legend called into Cambridge

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He scored more than 200 goals in top level competition and captained his country – but England legend Kevin Keegan still found time to spend at day at Cambridge’s John Kerkhof Park.

The year was 1985 and a 34-year-old Keegan was in his first year of retirement as a professional footballer, having starred for top English clubs Liverpool, Newcastle United and Southampton, and German club Hamburger SV.

Keegan, who played 63 times for England in a 10-year international career, decided to head Down Under for a football-related break. He played a couple of games for Australian club Blacktown and then came on a promotional tour of New Zealand.

It included spending April 10 in Cambridge, running a coaching and skills development day for dozens of local youngsters.

The visit was sponsored by Bowie Keith Honda and Budget Homes and certificates printed by the Cambridge Independent became a souvenir for those who attended (including former Cambridge women’s player Fern Feaver who was given this certificate).

Keegan met fans in the carpark beside the senior clubrooms, signing photographs, and momentoes including a football which is now displayed at John Kerkhof Park.

Keegan signs a ball for Peter Martens, later to become club president.