My wife and I arrived back home here in Raleigh at 3:30 am this morning local time after a harrowing journey back from Paris.
Sir Bobby Robson – alongside his statue at St. James’ Park
And the very sad news we have just seen is the death of the great man, Bobby Robson.
Born in Sacriston, County Durham, England on 18th February, 1933 the great man was 76.
He lived to see a tribute given to him at St. James’ Park last Sunday, to commemorate England’s narrow loss to Germany in the 1990 World Cup semi-final on penalties in Italy.
He was admired and loved throughout the football world.
His exploits of management at Ipswich are now legendary, and he was also one of England’s best ever managers.
In the five five years he graced St. James’ Park he not only saved us from relegation in the first season (1999-2000) but he got us into the Champions League with finishes of 4th, 3rd and 5th in his last 3 seasons.
As my son Neil has already said he was a legend as far as this site goes and his passing makes the world a much less place by his absence.
We feel that words cannot express the sadness we feel at Bobby’s passing, but we know he is now in a much better place.
He was a very good player and a terrific manager who was able to inspire his players to the greatest of heights.
In his home debut game as Newcastle manager against fellow strugglers Sheffield Wednesday he did just that and we were 5-0 up at the break with the lads going on for one of the great home performances of modern times with an 8-0 win and Alan Shearer scoring 5.
But the very best thing that can be said about this man, for as great a football manager he was – he was an even greater man.
Rest in peace Bobby – we love you – and always will.