Sir Bobby Robson Reveals He Is Dying

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.


 Sir Bobby Robson – standing next to his statue at St. James’ Park

Bobby talked to SunSport:

“I 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.”

“My condition is described as static and has not altered since my last bout of chemotherapy.” “They have arrested the growth of the tumours on my lungs and I have my next scan shortly.”

“I am going to die sooner rather than later. But then everyone has to go sometime and I have enjoyed every minute.”  “I don’t even think about it and my biggest problem today was unrelated, just old-fashioned laryngitis.”

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 £500,000 cheque yesterday on behalf of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation for a new dedicated cancer research center in Newcastle.

Bobby added:

“I am not going to sit around at home thinking about what might or might not happen.”   “I have always found it difficult to turn down good causes and invitations from people I know.”

“My family and close friends have always said I should say ‘No’ more often and now is no different.” “It has been a hectic summer. I have watched a couple of days of Wimbledon, several days of Test cricket and Durham county cricket.”

“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.”

“They 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.”

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 season  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.

174 comments so far

  • Faustino

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #1

    All the best Bobby you legend of a miracle of a man!!!

  • Lesh

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Bless you Bobby… you’re a star.

  • Will

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #3

    All the best, you are and always will be a pure legend

  • 51times

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #4

    Not the best news to wake up to.

  • tapir

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #5

    dont loose before fighting on Sir!!
    i know u can do it!!

  • gingergeordie

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #6


  • hitman

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #7

    national hero and a geordie legend,all the best sir bobby.

  • clarke_19_rangers

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #8

    at the valencia match we’ve got to sing ‘THERES ONLY ONE BOBBY ROBSON’
    anyone agree who’s going to the match?
    because i am and i think that with enough of us we can get a chant going for a true legend.

  • Graham

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #9

    Wish I was half the man you are Bobby – the word legend is used far too often – but not in your case.

    All the best Sir Bob

  • cc

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #10

    Sir Bobby is a true legend, an inspirational guy. I can’t see any current english managers getting close to what he achieved. If only he could still be toon manager!

  • magpieranger

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #11

    My son is named after SBR

    Desmond Oliver Juan Robert Robson

    Des Olly Juan Bobby Robson for short.

    The man is a legend and will live forever in our hearts.

  • King Habib

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #12

    Quite possibly the greatest Newcastle manager of all time. Certainly in my lifetime.

    Good luck Sir Bobby.

  • adam

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #13

    All the best bobby. keep fighting! you are a living legend and i hope newcastle honor you again somehow, maybe name a stand after you. youre the best

  • furrygiblets

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #14

    Great man, great heart and will always live on in many peoples!

    Will be a sad day when a true legend dies!

  • A geordiedoonsooth

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #15

    Very Good player (though I was just a little to young to remember him properly). But he was a truly great manager and influenced many great players best manager the toon has had & best England manager apart from Ramsey. The word is used to freely but in Sir Bobby’s case it’s true……..the word is LEGEND

  • BILLY - B

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #16

    God bless you Bobby you are and always will be an inspiration to peaple from all walks of life and the world will be a poorer place without you. But not for a long time yet. My prayers are with you.

  • Punk Skunk

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #17


  • Micky Toon

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #18

    Tragic news. Legend is too small of a word to describe this guy. If you haven’t done so buy his book. It’s a brilliant read.
    He is genuinely one of the good guys in football, even though I would have wanted him to break his contract with Barcelona and join NUFC when Keegan left, he did the right thing and honoured it fully.
    Without Sir Bobby there would be no Jose Mourinho. Is that good or bad? I’ll leave that to you.
    When he goes there will be a funeral that would rival the queen mothers. The streets of Newcastle will be lined.

  • Howie

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #19

    absolute legend. clarke_19 im not going saturday but if i was i would echo your thoughts and sing that.

  • Big Willie

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #20

    Should be Guest of Honour at Bolton game and given a minutes applause before kick off to show appreciation of what he has achieved and what he did for the club.

    Two signings to be confirmed TODAY!

  • Greg

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #21

    The man, THE LEGEND!

  • toonwills08

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #22

    Bobby we are praying 4 u.I enjoyed your days in NUFC.

  • Born Again Geordie

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #23

    Pure Legend – no other words can describe the man. All the very best Sir Bobby !!!!!

  • Danish_Magpie

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #24

    What a legend. What a man. Him, Keegan and Shearer are my heroes.

  • BrettToon

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #25

    All the best Sir Bobby..
    Gonna miss you

  • Wigham of OZ

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #26

    A True Geordie Legend – lets prayer the lads can get a trophy this season so this wonderful ambassador for the game and our great club can be a part of it.

  • JOeT

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #27

    What a truly genuine guy! He will always be remembered, not just at Newcastle, not just in world football and all that he’s done for it, he will be remembered all over the world!

  • dopaz

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #28

    sir bob loved and respected throughout the football world

  • dave v

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #29

    Bobby, what can we say, you are a true ambassador for the folks in the region, if these stories are true you will be missed and l hope the city honour you by erecting a statue in Northumberland Street.

  • Birdy Toon 4 Life

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #30

    Legend,Good Man,

  • wolfhound

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #31

    a true shining light in the game if we all could conduct ourselves like bobby the world will be a better place

  • ToonFly

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #32

    Sir Bobby

    You’re true great, deserving of all the honours and respect that are directed your way. If only there were more people like you in the world. My hero.

  • scotty

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #33

    The only guy ever to be at newcastle who i have more respect for than KK.

    Really, really sad news. There is not one geordie out there who will not be sadened by this news….

  • SuperShearer

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #34

    In a world littered with money grabbing ‘stars’ Sir Bobby will always be a man that did things in his own unique, and brilliant, manner without the arrogance of a Ferguson, or the spitefulness of a Wenger. He is honest and any player who played under him will tell you what a wonderful person he is. Watching Newcastle play under him was a privilege as it was watching england. It is no coincidence that both club and country have not been as good since he left. We Love you Bobby all the best mate and keep fighting, we know you will.

  • Terry Mac's Crossword

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #35

    What an amazing footballing life he’s led, the thinks he’s acheived in football are absolutely staggering. He’s got grace, humility and honour. Attributes sadly lacking in the modern game. Living legend and a great ambassador for Newcastle and the North East in general. Great guy.

  • Danny

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #36

    This really saddens me, he’s been the best thing we had after Keegan.
    He gave us stability and some great players.
    Freddy was an outright ASS for firing him after a 5 game loss streak.
    Bobby would have stopped it…
    My thoughts goes to you great Sir Bobby, you have done the football world, a world of good..!

  • LoonyToon

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #37

    Legend and a gentleman….the man will never be forgotten…the day he pops upstairs will be a very sad day

  • piotr

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #38


  • 9 Shearer

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #39

    Dont give up SIR, we still need you.

  • ronaldeano

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #40

    You are a Diamond of a bloke Bobby.

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