We hear from Alan Shearer today, and he’s talking about one of his favorite people, Sir Bobby Robson. He’s one of ours too.
Bobby Robson – alongside his statue at Ipswich
The former Newcastle boss and Ipswich legend, will be back at St James’ Park on July 26 as he stages a re-run of the 1990 World Cup semi-final between his England team and Germany in aid of his cancer charity.
Shearer told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Sir Bobby turned this club around when they were at the bottom of the Premier League. He will always be remembered for that.”
“He is a fantastic man and he did some great things for Newcastle.”
“He had the chance to put something back into his home-town team and he took it.” “When he was here, he did some great things for us.”
“We all remember the 8-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday, and I have plenty of fond memories from my career of the time he was at Newcastle.”
We well remember that game against Wednesday, because at the time they were bottom of the league and we were second bottom, and it was Bobby’s debut home game at Newcastle. It was deemed a 6 pointer even that early in the season.
Bobby’s legendary inspirational qualities were seen in full light that day, as the Newcastle team just exploded from the first whistle like a runaway train. The Magpies were 5-0 up by the half time whistle, and Alan Shearer ended up tying the Premier League goal-scoring record for a single game with 5 goals.
This was the same team that had managed just 2 points from their first 7 games under Ruud Gullit, and after the game Bobby himself tried to dampen down the huge expectations of the fans by stating:
“It will not be like that every week.”
Bobby will go down as one of the greatest English managers ever, for his phenomenal work at Ipswich Town, and then for the England National side for 8 years, from 1982 until 1990. He ended up at his home-town club from September, 1999, until he was sacked in September of 2004.
Boy, do we need a manager like Bobby right now!
His record at Newcastle was 255 games played, 118 wins, 72 defeats and 64 draws. His record, where he made a big name for himself at Ipswich, from January 1969 until August, 1982 was 709 games played, 316 wins, 200 defeats and 173 draws. And that with a team that had very little money.
In Bobby’s last three seasons at Newcastle we finished 4th, 3rd and 5th, and he was sacked because 5th place just wasn’t good enough.
But it’s a lot better than 18th place – that’s for sure!