Sir Bobby Robson Did Some Great Things For Newcastle

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 statue

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!

Comments welcome.

141 comments so far

  • batty

    Jun 22, 2009 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #1

    god bless y sir bobby

  • geordie deb

    Jun 22, 2009 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Certainly threw away the mould when they made him. Absolute legend. If the club wasn’t in the state it’s in, the management should be naming something at the club after him, while he’s still alive to see it

  • baro

    Jun 22, 2009 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #3

    WoW 5th and he gets sacked, when we can’t even get the top 10. HE IS THE BEST MANAGER EVER.

  • Toon_Factor

    Jun 22, 2009 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #4


  • Big Dave

    Jun 22, 2009 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #5

    A Legend it is easy said and over used but in this case it is so true

  • Rangerman

    Jun 22, 2009 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #6

    A very good manager for us who played the game as it should be, a hold up striker surrounded by a mixture of pace and passing ability and it worked excellent, even if it did take a few seasons to get us playing how he wanted.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jun 22, 2009 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #7

    Wish he wass still healthy enough to come bac with Shearer what a team they’d make. One can only dream

  • DJG

    Jun 22, 2009 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #8

    ”Agbonlahor limped off in the first half on Thursday so Fraizer Campbell, who replaced him against Spain before opening the scoring, looks certain to start.”

    Does anyone know how to get this game??

  • punk skunk...

    Jun 22, 2009 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #9

    This MAN is sorely missed!..

    …Bobby Robson’s Black n’ White army…

    …Robson’s Black n’ White Army!..

  • Thump

    Jun 22, 2009 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #10

    East Stand should be renamed in honour of SBR

  • HarryWorth

    Jun 22, 2009 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #11

    “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.”

    Not totally true, the fact is that Gentleman Bob had lost the dressing room. People have conveniently short memories about things.

  • punk skunk...

    Jun 22, 2009 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #12

    At least that’s what the lousy rags assumed hey harry?..
    …& they MUST be correct, in their infinite wisdom!?!..

  • Tino 11

    Jun 22, 2009 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #13

    The old “lost the dressing room” chestnut.
    I doubt he lost it that much, freddy and SJH were still to eager to sack him.

  • punk skunk...

    Jun 22, 2009 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Aye, it probably had more to do with FFS wantin’ to buy the players he wanted & wrongly thinkin’ SBR was past it!?!..

    …Robson will be remembered by the Geordie faithful long after that tunc ffs is dust!..

  • Rangerman

    Jun 22, 2009 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #15

    Robson’s time was up tbf and the season we came 5th you could tell we were going backwards.

    It wasn’t wrong to move him on but the timing of his sacking and his successor couldn’t have been much worse.

  • magforlife

    Jun 22, 2009 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #16

    Bobby had a heart like a lion, he signed numerous wasters but in the end they showed him no respect and got him sacked. He put his faith in Ameobi, Dyer, Jenas, Bramble, Bellamy and tried to change their character but they were all an explosive mix and so it proved. Many would disagree saying they were top class but they took the piss whilst at the toon and cost the man his job.

  • punk skunk...

    Jun 22, 2009 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #17

    just maybe,
    it was some of the players whose time was up!?!..

    …We always tend to slag the coach 1st, but it isn’t always them at fault!..
    …Who wouldn’t give their left knacker for 5th in the premiership now?..

    …Yea, technically, we were goin’ backwards i.e. 4th, 3rd, 5th…But on that form we woulda been 4th the followin’ year(?)…
    …But, ya’ dead right about the timin’ of his sackin’…Couldn’t have been more wrong!..

  • Stuart79

    Jun 22, 2009 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #18

    The club went backwards at an alarming rate the day Souness was appointed and given a kings ransom waste!

    That is when the fans started to get on the players back too!

  • punk skunk...

    Jun 22, 2009 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #19

    In fact,
    if memory serves me: ffs said Robson would be hoyed oot at the end of that season, not as soon as the transfer window shut!..
    …Stupid fat get tried to act like he was in charge of real madrid…hoyin’ his not inconsiderable weight about!..
    …The early adventures of mismanagement of NUFC…Didn’t ffs piss KK off 1st time round too?..Mmmmm!..

  • baro

    Jun 22, 2009 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #20


    THE GAME OF ENGLAND U-21 vs england U-21 is on\


  • baro

    Jun 22, 2009 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #21


  • punk skunk...

    Jun 22, 2009 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #22

    england v england?..
    …Sounds about right !..

  • punk skunk...

    Jun 22, 2009 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #23

    It’s ok baro,
    i thought it was very apt!..

  • toonoholic

    Jun 22, 2009 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #24

    out of topic, but anyone notice? they have 3 sets of starting XI,
    strikers X, midfielders XI and defenders XI and each of the team can afford 2 goal keepers !


    * 1 Joe Hart
    * 13 Richard Martin
    * 16 Kasper Schmeichel
    * 31 Richard Martin
    * 34 Gunnar Nielsen
    * 37 Shay Given


    * 2 Micah Richards
    * 3 Michael Ball
    * 4 Nedum Onuoha
    * 5 Pablo Zabaleta
    * 15 Javan Vidal
    * 15 Javier Garrido
    * 18 Danny Mills
    * 22 Richard Dunne
    * 25 Wayne Bridge
    * 26 Tal Ben-Haim
    * 33 Vincent Kompany
    * 36 Berti Glauber
    * 43 Clayton McDonald


    * 6 Gareth Barry
    * 6 Michael Johnson
    * 7 Stephen Ireland
    * 7 Elano
    * 19 Gelson Fernandes
    * 21 Dietmar Hamann
    * 34 Nigel de Jong
    * 46 Paul Marshall
    * 56 Angelos Tsiaklis

    Attacking Midfielder:

    * 8 Shaun Wright-Phillips
    * 17 Martin Petrov
    * 29 Kelvin Etuhu


    * 9 Roque Santa Cruz
    * 9 Valeri Bojinov
    * 11 Robinho
    * 12 Darius Vassell
    * 14 Jo
    * 20 Felipe Caicedo
    * 24 Ched Evans
    * 27 Benjani
    * 28 Daniel Sturridge
    * 39 Craig Bellamy

  • Tino 11

    Jun 22, 2009 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #25

    I still wouldn’t class finishing 5th as backwards, yes numerically it is but in terms of the way the team was playing i’d say no. The team went backwards when Souness took over, not before.

  • Rangerman

    Jun 22, 2009 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #26

    What do you mean the way the team was playing you would say no? We were a shadow of the side from the previous season and it ended by the whole team getting booed off against Wolves.

    It may seem ungrateful saying 5th wasn’t good enough but Robson’s time was up, even the season where we had Souness up until feb before Roeder came in as caretaker we finished with more points than we did when we came 5th with Robson.

    The only thing we had in our favour that season was that outside the top 5 the rest of the teams were rubbish with us being pushed close by Villa and Charlton.

    The following season showed everyone the mess we had and Robson was correctly moved on but if the club had any sort of forward planning they would have done it in the summer like Liverpool did.

  • Tino 11

    Jun 22, 2009 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #27

    The way the team played under Robson, even in his last season was better than under Souness, so in my opinion it went backwards under Souness. Bobby didn’t have a chance to put it right, sacked after 5 games, he may have proved people wrong and got them playing again.

  • Ross

    Jun 22, 2009 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #28

    an absolute legend was Sir Bobby. Privedliged i was to grow up throughout his and keegans era, watching us play some fantastic football. I remember the Shef Wed 8-0 hammering incredibly well. It was my mates birthday and his first game at the toon with me-he must have thought he was in dreamland. How times change!

    Also, bad news for the u21’s. 1-0 down to the old enemy inside 5 mins

  • Wigaz

    Jun 22, 2009 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #29

    SBR is an absolute legend! he should have been moved upstairs & picked the new manager to take over from him. The way he was sacked was a F**KIN disgrace!!!! Moving on tho to the shambles of today. Just been watchin Owen on SSN saying how he’s leaving. He had 4 enjoyable years here! well let me say on behalf of the toon army Michael, thanks…for nothing! I just want rid of Ashley, rid of all the overpaid useless twats that dare call themselves profestional footballers and i just want to look forwad to a new dawn of seeing players who actually WANT the shirt & care about the club & the fans. Please if there is a god let the sale go through, Shearer in as boss during this week so we can put all of this shite behind us & move on! Does anyone else think Ashley’s parting shot was giving the thumbs up on that minging away strip? I do fat mustard eatin wankshaft!

  • Rangerman

    Jun 22, 2009 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #30

    The way the team played under Robson, even in his last season was better than under Souness, so in my opinion it went backwards under Souness. Bobby didn’t have a chance to put it right, sacked after 5 games, he may have proved people wrong and got them playing again.


    Not the best logic that, so since we played better football under Roeder than we did Allardyce we were wrong to sack Roeder?

    Robson was in his 70’s and showed no signs of turning it around and it wasn’t a case of 5 games but the majority of the previous seasons performances too, he had lost all control of the dressing room and singled out Solano for the sh1t treatment who finally had enough and left.

    Getting rid of Robson wasn’t a mistake, it was who we replaced him with that was the problem and a team that was near the top shouldn’t have ever employed a manager close to getting the sack with a sh1te club like Blackburn.

    Poor planning ruined this club which is why I can’t understand why some people would want Shepherd back, he took over a club 2nd in the league and left it 10 years later on it’s knees.

  • Ross

    Jun 22, 2009 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #31

    sorry to change the topic a little, but anyone watching the under 21’s? Been quite impressed with Andrew Driver so far. Pretty sure he’s still at Hearts and wouldnt be especially expensive. However as i say this i once again remind ourself we have an owner in limbo and no manager, so it could be deemed slightly wishful thinking?

  • Tino 11

    Jun 22, 2009 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #32

    The previous seasons performances were still good enough to finish 5th! Yes we weren’t playing as good as the previous 2 seasons, but we were still playing some good football. To finish 5th in the premiership you have to play some good football! I agree about Nobby, if Bobby had stopped subbing him and played Bowyer done the centre then i think we would have been ok. Maybe it was time for him to go, but i think he deserved the whole of that season to proves his critics wrong. As far as losing the dressing room, this story comes from FFS and SJH who got lots of stick for sacking him, so who can prove they didn’t make that line up?

  • punk skunk...

    Jun 22, 2009 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #33

    …Particulaly your final paragraph!..

  • daffy

    Jun 22, 2009 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #34

    as a mackem just wanna say SBR crosses the divide & is well respected by most Sunderland fans , hes from the area & knows how much nufc means to the fans . True legend .
    On a different note must say that strip is prob the worst ever! + the timing of unveiling it is priceless.

  • Tino 11

    Jun 22, 2009 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #35

    Daffy – I must say i never thought i’d here a mackem say that, your not all that bad then!

  • JJJ

    Jun 22, 2009 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #36

    I have to agree that the year Robson was sacked it was probably his time to leave, however, the way an manner in which it was done was disgusting, and the replacement they got in for him (Souness) was an absolute disgrace considering the callibre of manager we could have attracted to the club at the time.

  • Rangerman

    Jun 22, 2009 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #37

    It was pretty clear from the players actions on the pitch that they didn’t respect him any more, I know it’s easy to look back and think we finished 5th and I’d be more than made up if we ever got there again but football has changed a lot since then in terms of money, we were pushed close that season by O’Learys Villa and Curbishley’s Charlton, both rubbish back then.

    Do you think Liverpool were wrong to sack Houllier? Or do you think it showed good vision and planning from the Liverpool board to notice when a manager was slipping and went out and brought in better?

    I think a lot of Sir Bobby and felt in two minds about wanting him out, one half of me knew he was dropping off but he seems like such a decent bloke that you don’t really want to admit you want him out.

    I just think where we would be if we went out and got O’Neill back in the summer of 2004 or a high profile foreign manager who we would have been able to attract due to the clubs status back then, I don’t think we would have been on such a downward slope like we have for the past 5 years if we had.

  • Tino 11

    Jun 22, 2009 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #38


  • punk skunk...

    Jun 22, 2009 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #39

    Well said daffy,
    that makes a refreshin’ change…

  • daffy

    Jun 22, 2009 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #40

    Tino – its fair to say if you have people at a club who identify with it ie – sir bobby robson , shearer , beardsley + keegan etc it gives you hope.


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