KEVIN Keegan was Middlewich Town's surprise visitor on Wednesday.
The former England manager and Liverpool legend arrived with the Manchester City youth team for a friendly at Seddon Street.
Scores of youngsters had swelled the crowd to about 200 on the off chance Keegan would turn up.
He did and he played a magnificent public relations role.
Middlewich boss Terry Murphy said: 'Nothing was too much trouble for him - he chatted with supporters and signed every autograph he was asked for, including one on a Manchester United shirt!
'I'm happy that City were impressed with everything we did at Middlewich, including our approach to the game. They have been back on to us since to say they enjoyed the visit and that kind of thing never does a club's reputation any harm.'
City, also watched by coaches Stuart Pearce and Paul Power, ran out 5-0 winners.
But Middlewich had recovered by Saturday - and whipped Poynton 5-1.
Murphy was delighted. 'It was a good start. Poynton were third last year and I feared they might be stronger still this time.'