Our Head Coach had the unenviable task of marking Keegan when he played for West Brom against Southampton in the old First Division in 1981.
Now they meet again as we travel to the City of Manchester Stadium for a Barclays Premiership clash on Saturday.
"I played against him in my first game at West Brom," reflected Martin. "He was playing for Southampton and I had to mark him because I was always up against the likes of Brooking, Keegan or Dalglish.
"He had a quiet game luckily enough but I think he was an unbelievable player and I'm looking forward to meeting him.
"Everyone knows about Kevin Keegan. He was a brilliant footballer, 100 per cent attitude, quick, he could score goals, set up attacks. He's there with the most brilliant English players ever.
"He's one of the people I admire because he's a football man and I can remember the games he had when he was manager at Newcastle, fantastic games."
Martin Jol recalls meeting Kevin Keegan at close quarters over 20 years ago - now he's looking forward to meeting him again.