Friday, December 08, 2006

Mac: magic

Happy birthday Terry McDermott.

I don't recall us having given McDermott's return to St James' any fanfare on Black & White & Read All Over when it happened two years ago - a pity, because we missed out on the "Terry Mac, when are you coming back? Oh you're back" headline...

With his moustache and bouffant hair, McDermott couldn't be much closer to Harry Enfield's Scouser stereotype, but the man from Kirby can consider himself an honorary Geordie, having pitched up on Tyneside on no fewer than four occasions - twice as a player, twice as assistant manager - and given nearly 15 of his 55 years to the club in the process.

His first spell saw us reach the 1974 FA Cup Final (only to be annihilated by Liverpool), and at the end of his second we achieved promotion. Reunited with the talisman of that promotion season, Kevin Keegan, for his third spell, he helped us narrowly avoid relegation, win promotion the following season, earn the tag "The Entertainers" and reach two successive Cup Finals.

This latest spell, working alongside Graeme Souness and then Glenn Roeder, hasn't been as exciting or enjoyable yet, but if his sharp anti-Bellamy sniping was anything to go by, he certainly hasn't lost touch with the fans.


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