Kevin Keegan, former England football captain and twice European Footballer of the Year, was honoured by a major sports manufacturer in London on August 25.
LONDON, AUGUST 1982: (REUTERS -RORY MCLEOD)
GV Kevin Keegan walks to rostrum to receive award from Denis Law and makes speech in London
(SOUNDBITE ENGLISH) KEEGAN: "I take this opportunity to thank 'Adidas' and 'Shoot' for making this award, not only on my behalf, obviously for the First Division, but also on behalf of the other three lads who I'm sure will get to say something. And it's been a smashing day. We've worked hard for three weeks to lose weight and in about one-and-a-half-hours you're going to do a lot of work here. But I think we've all got the character to battle through and I'd like to hope that maybe next year I've just a few chances for the Second Division (award). But I hope to be back up here again. Look forward to a great season and I than 'Shoot' (the magazine) for making the award, because I think at the end of the day people want to see goals, but on behalf of most of the lads to thank their team-mates because all we do is finish them off. You've seen a lot of the goals there. The hard work's been done by other people."
Background: Kevin Keegan, former England football captain and twice European Footballer of the Year, was honoured by a major sports manufacturer in London on August 25. Keegan was presented with the Golden Shoe award by the sport manufacturers. Adidas, and the soccer magazine, 'Shoot'. Keegan was the top goalscorer, with 26 goals in the English First Division last season and is seen here scoring twice in a 4-3 win over Denmark in 1978. In his speech of acceptance, Keegan said he hoped he would be the top scorer in the Second Division in the new season. He has just joined Second Division, Newcastle United, from Southampton -- the club he started with upon returning to England from playing in West Germany. In his speech, the soccer star paid tribute to the other members of a team who make it possible for strikers to score their goals. The top scorers from the second, third and fourth divisions also received awards, as did Gerry Armstrong of Watford and Northern Ireland. He was voted top British player in the World Cup Finals. Armstrong's goal defeated the host nation. Spain, and put his country into the quarter-finals. Pop star Elton John, also Chairman of the Watford Club, was among the audience who applauded Armstrong's achievement.