In an ideal world this episode of Viva Video, falling as it does the day before a big derby game with Scunthorpe United , would feature one of two bits of footage. It would either be a glorious goal by goal account of the infamous mid-nineties 5-0 win at Glanford Park featuring that Micky Norbury hat-trick. Or, failing that it would be footage of that epic pre-season ‘friendly’ from 2000 which saw a number of red cards and a broken leg for one United player in a game so far from friendly that one Scunthorpe fans’ site did away with their usual match report and replaced it with an Itchy and Scratchy cartoon. Ah the good old days.
Sadly though, as has happened quite often in this feature’s 97 episode run the footage we want simply is not available. And so we have been forced to look elsewhere and find another video to act as a common denominator between Rovers and the Iron. So we set to thinking and came up with two obvious links between Doncaster and Scunthorpe. One is the M180. The other is Kevin Keegan. And with limited supplies of footage of steelworks juggernauts ambling east to Grimsby docks, we’ve elected to go for the latter of those two.
Kevin Keegan was of course born in Doncaster and grew up in Armthorpe as a Rovers fan. But you all know this, so we’ll condense the rest of the story a follows. Used to stand on the Town End… wanted to be a goalkeeper… too small… couldn’t get in the Peglers works team… still too small… signed by Scunthorpe United. There you go, so it was in North Lincolnshire that Doncaster’s only European Footballer of the Year began a career that would take in Liverpool, Hamburg, England and Newcastle before being ultimately remembered for falling off a bicycle on Superstars and standing in a corridor in front of a Euro 96 poster in a pair of giant headphones letting everyone know what he’d love.
Ah well. Forget all that. We’re going back to where it all began. Here’s a very Doncastrian Kevin sniffling his way through an interview during a time-out from training with Scunthorpe. And lastly, keep an eye out for interviewer Gerald Sinstadt’s fleeting appearance, he looks like he’s done a trolley dash through the costume department of an Austin Powers film.