We were very pleased to see Bobby Robson congratulated on his 75th birthday before yesterdayâ€™s game with Manchester United with the unveiling of a bronze statue of Sir Bobby that will be placed within St. James Park as a lasting reminder for what he did for the club between 1999 and 2004, and throughout his lifetime.
Bobby Robson – the great man now cast in bronze
The unveiling of the bust of Sir Bobby was kept secret form him and was a complete surprise to Bobby.
Managers Kevin Keegan and Sir Alex Ferguson joined Mike Ashley and Chris Mort for the unveiling of the bust. It will stand in the players’ entrance to the Milburn Stand and is a really classy gesture by the new management at Newcastle United.
Sir Bobby said:
“I’m a little lost for words as I had no idea this was going to happen.â€“I think it is a wonderful gesture from the Club. I am so proud and I am so thrilled at this.â€
“To be recognized like this is so pleasing. I would just like to thank everyone involved with doing this.”
Maybe that will help Bobby forget his sacking from the club because he is a greatly loved person on Tyne-side, and indeed throughout the football world. Heâ€™s a great manager but an even greater person.
Kevin Keegan added:
â€œSir Bobby is a wonderful advert for the north east and the fans still fondly remember his time in charge of the Club.”
Sir Bobby Robson also came onto the pitch to take a prolonged standing ovation from the Newcastle United faithful who just adore the man.
Well done Bobby Robson, and thanks for everything!