The news today is that Bobby Robson, the former Newcastle, Ipswich and England manager has been diagnosed with cancer â€“ for the fifth time in the last 15 years.
Sir Bobby Robson
Bobby has just started a six week course of chemotherapy treatment – after doctors had discovered small cancerous nodules on his lungs.
We wish Bobby all the very best – with his many fans around the world – and are sure he will register another win for himself – as he has done so often in his life.
Following is a brief review of his phenomenal football life and more news on his current situation.
Sir Bobby has vowed to carry on with his life – as normally as he can – and is due in Portugal next week to attend his annual charity golf day – his 52nd wedding anniversary to his wife Elsie is shortly after that.
With wife Elsie in 2002 receiving his KnightHood
In a recent interview with the Daily Mail today this is what Bobby had to say:
“Of course, it’s not the greatest news I’ve ever had but I have fought hard throughout my life and I will continue to fight. I will battle as I’ve always done.
“My last operation in August was a success but this time the doctors have said they can’t operate.
“The good news is that they are measuring the nodules in my lungs in millimetres rather than centimetres!
“That is encouraging and we are hopeful the treatment will keep it under control.
“I’ve been advised to keep busy and active, and that’s what I will be trying to do whenever possible.”
We have a little piece following on Bobby Robson (one of our most favorite people) – who has enjoyed a wonderful life of honor and success â€“ and he is one of the most respected and loved people in the game of football.
With Newcastle fan Tony Blair “It’s over there stupid!”
Born in Sacriston in County Durham, Robson was the youngest son of Philip and Lilian Robson (nÃ©e Watt). The family moved to the nearby village of Langley Park when he was just a few months old.
His father was a coalminer who often took young Robson on a walk of several miles to watch the local side Newcastle United, which is where he developed his love of football. He was later to become manager of the famous black and whites in September of 1999 – at a time when they were second bottom of the league after 7 games and looked like being relegated â€“ following the disastrous reign of Rudd Gullit.
It is now history that Bobby rallied the team and Newcastle finished with over 50 points in a mid-table position â€“ a wonderful gutsy effort from Bobby and the team – and this just about sums up what Bobby Robson is all about.
In his first home game as manager of Newcastle Newcastle defeated Sheffield Wednesday 8-0 – with Alan Shearer scoring five (a Premiership record ).
His record after five years and 255 games at Newcastle was won 119, lost 72, and drew 64 for a win percentage of 46.66.
Being welcomed by the Geordie faithful – September 1998
Bobby Robson at Newcastle – James Milner looks on
Sir Bobby was knighted in 2001 after a glittering football career as a player and manager.
He won 20 England caps, playing in the 1958 and 1962 World Cups, before taking the team to the semi-finals of the 1990 World Cup in an eight-year spell as the national manager. Germany beat us that night in June 1990 on penalties after we were leading 1-0 with 20 minutes to go.
With German manager Hans Beckenbauer after England’s 1990 semifinal defeat
He managed Ipswich town from 1969 to 1980 and took the small unfashionable club to regular appearances in European competitions, capturing both the FA Cup in 1978 and the UEFA Cup in 1981.
With his statue in Ipswich
His record in 617 games at Ipswich Town was won 267, lost 197 and drew 153 for a win percentage of 43.27.
After leaving the England job in 1990 Sir Bobby then managed a string of top European clubs including PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona and finally his home town club Newcastle United.
Here are the some of the honors Bobby achieved as a club manager:
1996-97 European Cup Winners Cup Winners
Spanish League runners-up
Spanish Cup winners
1995-96 Portuguese League Champions
1994-95 Portuguese League Champions
1993-94 Portuguese Cup Winners
1991-92 Dutch League Champions
1990-91 Dutch League Champions
1981-82 Division One runners-up
1980-81 UEFA Cup Winners
Division One runners-up