News in Sunsport today, from the man himself, and it’s tragic and terrible news as Bobby Robson says he is losing his fifth bout with cancer.
Â Sir Bobby Robson – standing next to his statue at St. James’ Park
Bobby talked to SunSport:
â€œI have accepted what they have told me and I am determined to make the most of what time I have left. I have been fortunate to survive this long. It is thanks to my doctors and their dedication.â€
â€œMy condition is described as static and has not altered since my last bout of chemotherapy.â€ â€œThey have arrested the growth of the tumours on my lungs and I have my next scan shortly.â€
â€œI am going to die sooner rather than later. But then everyone has to go sometime and I have enjoyed every minute.â€Â â€œI donâ€™t even think about it and my biggest problem today was unrelated, just old-fashioned laryngitis.â€
As usual Bobby is down to earth, and as usual he is upbeat about things, even though the news is not good.
Bobby has had problems with cancer for over 17 years, but you won’t find the man pitying himself. Rather he is out and about, and touching everyone he can with his warmth and enthusiasm for football – and life.
Bobby donated a Â£500,000 cheque yesterday on behalf of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation for a new dedicated cancer research center in Newcastle.
â€œI am not going to sit around at home thinking about what might or might not happen.â€Â Â â€œI have always found it difficult to turn down good causes and invitations from people I know.â€
â€œMy family and close friends have always said I should say â€˜Noâ€™ more often and now is no different.â€ â€œIt has been a hectic summer. I have watched a couple of days of Wimbledon, several days of Test cricket and Durham county cricket.â€
“I had my own celebrity golf tournament in Portugal and managed to enjoy a few days holiday afterwards before returning to London, where I was honored by the Football League Managers Association.â€
â€œThey not only inducted me into their Hall of Fame with a host of celebrities but it was at a special dinner, the first of its kind.â€
Bobby is, and has been one of our favorite people in football for a long long time. He is also one of our favorite people because of his warmth, enthusiasm and undying enthusiasm for life and for football.
When he did finally manage to take over Newcastle United for his dream job, he did a fantastic job, and in his first season – which may well be his best management ever, he took over a Newcastle side rooted at the bottom of the league and got us 52 points that seasonÂ in 1999-2000.
And in his first home game of course, we famously demolished our looming relegation partner Sheffield Wednesday 8-0 – with 5 goals from Alan Shearer.
He never really got the credit he deserved at Newcastle, where he had us in The Champions League, and the club has been struggling ever since he left in August, 2004.
Bobby Robson is a legend in football, but his greatest accomplishment is that he is a tremendous and inspiring person with charm, charisma and passion – and that above all is what we’ll always remember about Bobby Robson.
He is an inspiration to us all.