Really heart warming news this morning, that Newcastle United and Ipswich Town, the two clubs in England the great Bobby Robson managed to great success, will wear special commemorative shirts in memory of the clubs’ former manager during their game at Portman Road on September 26th.
The special kit
The game is a week tomorrow at Portman Road, and of course unfortunately the great man passed away in July at the age of 76 after a long battle with cancer.
That came a short 4 days after an emotional England vs Germany game, at St. James’ Park, to mark the semi-final game of the 1990 World Cup which England lost on penalties and Germany went onto beat Argentina 1-0 in the final.
It allowed Newcastle fans one last opportunity to see Bobb.
He is more than an Idol on Tyneside, and to say he was simply a great man, doesn’t seem to do Bobby justice – but he will never be forgotten on Tyneside.
And if course both St.James’ Park and Portman Road were visited by thousands of fans from around the world wishing to pay their respects to the former England boss. He managed Ipswich to great success, and with no money, from 1969 until he took the England job in 1982.
That was probably one of the best demonstrations of club management ever seen in England.
He is said to have signed but 13 players over that time, and created Ipswich’s own players, via the Ipswich Youth system – now that really is the way to go – and we don’t see too much of that these days.
We see teams like Chelsea and Man City come in and spend hundreds of millions of pounds to build their teams – to us there’s something terribly wrong with that even being allowed.
The Newcastle Evening Chronicle is reporting the Football League have granted special dispensation for the two sides to alter their playing kit for the game on September 26th.
For the record, here is Bobby’s management record at both Ipswich and Newcastle, his home town club, where he was manager from 1999 until 2004 and took the club from relegation candidates to two season in the Champions League.
Ipswich 1969 – 1982: P709 W316 L220 D173 – win percentage: 44.57%
Newcastle 1999 – 2004: P255 W119 L72 D64 – win percentage: 46.67%