Bobby Robson’s family has been humbled and overwhelmed by the passionate response to Sir Bobby Robson’s death.
Bobby Robson - next to his statue at Ipswich Town
A spokeswoman for Sir Bobby’s family said today:
“The family is humbled and overwhelmed by the public response to his passing.”
And the Newcastle United Football Club has today confirmed the Sir John Hall Stand at the north end of the St. James’ Park stadium will remain open all this coming week to allow more people to pay their respects to the great man.
It has been estimated more than 15,000 people have visited St. James’ Park to pay their last respects to Bobby, since his passing on Friday.
One Newcastle supporter, Alan Barrows, of Sunderland, called for a two-minute silence as a mark of respect to Sir Bobby before each Newcastle Ipswich Championship fixture next season.
“Sir Bobby will be missed not only here but at all the other clubs he has managed as well.”
“I think that before our game against Ipswich, and when we play at theirs, there should be a two minute silence or some sort of ritual.”
“That’s for a man who not only brought this club to where it was, but did the same at Ipswich, where he won back-to-back titles. ”
Of course Bobby was an idol at Ipswich Town, where he took the East Anglia side to multiple top 6 finishes during his magical time there from 1969 until he left to manage the England team to some success in 1982.
Like any great manager, his number one attribute was to be able to get the very best out of his players.
Forget all the nonsense that’s too often related to tactics, because if you can inspire the 11 players out there, then wonders can happen on the pitch.
And they did at Ipswich and they did at Newcastle, where Bobby had us 4th, 3rd and 5th in the Premier League, in his last 3 seasons at the club.
Magic indeed, but so was the legacy that will live on, that Bobby Robson forged in his wonderful life.
He was indeed a great man.