Former Newcastle boss Keegan goes head-to-head with Sunderland’s Bruce

Kevin Keegan (left) shakes hand with Scott Bruce.

Kevin Keegan (left) shakes hand with Scott Bruce.

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FORMER Magpies boss Kevin Keegan took a pasting on the pitch from Sunderland football fan Scott Bruce.

The binman, from Southwick, triumphed over Tyneside’s “King Kev” as part of a table football competition.

Dad-of-one Scott, 39, who plays for five-a-side team Hendon Cheetahs, showed he was just as handy with his hands as his feet by beating the former England manager 3-2 in the match at Seaburn Recreational Park.

He said: “Being a Sunderland fan, It felt great to beat the former Newcastle manager.”

“I can’t wait to tell the lads on my footie team that I beat Kevin Keegan at a match of football.”

The competition against former England boss Keegan was organised as part of energy firm npower’s “No Power Hour” roadshow. The event was aimed at encouraging people to cut back on their energy use.

Scott said: “He was a genuine, down-to-earth guy who was completely engaged with npower’s No Power Hour.”

Scott, who has a nine-year-old son called Jay, was among the parents competing against Keegan at the event. He has pledged to go jogging for one hour every day instead of using power throughout the summer.

Npower joined forces with Keegan to “blow the whistle on plugged-in power” by asking the city’s families to come together and spend just one hour doing something fun that doesn’t involve electricity.

Keegan hosted a exclusive family workshop demonstrating the many ways families can switch off, get active, and spend some quality time together outside, whilst saving energy at the same time.

He said: “When I was young I spent most of my time outside practising the skills that have helped me to get where I am today.

“For me, it helped me develop both my football and athletic ability, as well as my people skills.

“I appreciate that it was a different era but spending more time outside being active seems to me something that would benefit everyone as well as reduce the carbon footprint.”