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Keane Looking Forward to Mariner's Return
Keane Looking Forward to Mariner's Return
Tuesday, 23rd Mar 2010 08:40

Boss Roy Keane says he is looking forward to Town legend Paul Mariner’s return to Portman Road with Plymouth this evening. Keane says it’s important for clubs to remember their history and the players who made it.

Argyle manager Mariner made 339 appearances for the Blues, scoring 135 goals, having joined Town from the Pilgrims in a deal worth £220,000 (including the £100,000-rated pair Terry Austin and John Peddelty who moved the other way) in October 1976, before moving on to Arsenal for £150,000 in February 1984.

Keane is a big fan of the former centre forward: “Paul Mariner was a top, top player. I enjoyed a chat with him after the game when we played down there earlier in the season and I’m looking forward to seeing him again. It’s nice to meet these people who have achieved stuff in life.

“I’m sure our fans will give him a good reception and rightly so, but when the whistle goes, I’m sure he’ll be focused on trying to get three points for his club and I wouldn’t expect anything less.”

The Blues boss says clubs like Town shouldn’t forget history makers such as Mariner, who was in Sir Bobby Robson’s 1978 FA Cup and 1981 UEFA Cup-winning sides: “I think the top clubs always look after their ex-players, they always get a good reception and they deserve it.

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“They were top, top players. You look at their stats and their goals and what they achieved, they made this club. It gives you your history.

“That’s what this club has that a lot of clubs haven’t – history. I know it was 20 or 30 years ago, but it still gives you something so you can say that it’s been done before. Gives you all a bit of hope.

“There will be supporters here who remember Paul Mariner and they’ll be looking forward to it. Fantastic. That’s what football’s all about.”

Keane says he always likes to speak with opposition bosses after matches: “I enjoyed the chat with him after the game down there and it’s great for me as a manager to meet these people who have good experience.

“There’s a battle on the pitch, but I always look forward to it after the game, win lose or draw.”

The former Manchester United skipper grew up a Spurs fan but remembers Sir Bobby Robson’s Town team fondly: “Paul was a top player, John Wark comes to the training ground and I enjoy chatting with John every now and again.

“I couldn’t praise these players highly enough. These were top, top players. Look at Paul Mariner and John Wark’s goal records. I was going to try to get him out of retirement. He got 36 goals one season from midfield, we haven’t got that as a team!

“If you go up the training ground, these players certainly aren’t forgotten, there are pictures everywhere. And I love that. Some managers shy away from it, I love it. It’s the same at Nottingham Forest.

”The history of your football club is vital. You shouldn’t get away from it. I look forward to seeing Paul and I hope he gets a brilliant reception."

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blueblood66 added 08:45 - Mar 23
Nice one Roy

BoxerBlue added 09:00 - Mar 23
Great read hope all the people who think keano is a mindless thug get to read this. KEANO!!

Jesney_Havoc added 09:01 - Mar 23
Isn't that a picture of Ricky Tomlinson though ?

greenkingtone added 09:07 - Mar 23
Agreed Keano above. The Tory gutter press seems to have an agenda to destroy Roy.
So stop reading it.

Strider added 09:38 - Mar 23
Nice to see him respecting what the club is all about even though he's won so much.

osborne1nil added 09:50 - Mar 23
Nice comments Roy. Agree with all what you said. The word 'Legend' gets used far too often on players (particularly on this site) which then waters down the true ITFC legends, with Paul Mariner there is no doubt for ITFC this man is a Legend! After this game, best of luck to win all your remaining games to keep your team in the Championship.

hucks216 added 10:02 - Mar 23
It's like the Holloway/Keane 'love-in' all over again! :)
Personally, Mariner is my all-time favourite Town player. A great striker.

hucks216 added 10:05 - Mar 23
Just my luck that I am actually working in Plymouth the night he returns with a team to Portman Rd.

roytheboy added 10:27 - Mar 23
Well spoken Roy, I for one am very pleased and proud that you are our Manager and sincerely hope that it will be a very long lasting relationship, let the media try and put him down if they must, that does not mean that our so called supporters should try and destroy yet another potential great Manager, give him adequate time, funding and LOYAL SUPPORT, he deserves that and will respond by getting us in the Premiership I am confident.

moomoosereni added 11:39 - Mar 23
Well put Keano looking forward to welcoming Mariner back to his spiritual home tonight!

cphtractor added 11:48 - Mar 23
Nice one Roy. Mariner being one of my all time favorite..

bluelass7 added 13:24 - Mar 23
RK = Fantastic words, you too will be a Town Legend one day.

As for PM, not a lot to say about the man, he was just one of many diamonds that, as RK put it, gave us the most memorable period in our history. Deffo a legend and I will imagine it will he will have a large lump in his throat from the welcome he will get tonight. Can't wait to join sing his name proud tonight.

2-0 to Town though!

Blueknight85 added 14:10 - Mar 23
:O wow no bennyblue the cat finally ate the canary

Skip73 added 15:11 - Mar 23
It would be hard to find anything negative to say about this story, so of course Bennyblue is keeping quiet.

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