Fans Say Goodbye To Bobby Robson In Emotional Farewell

Fans of both Newcastle United and Ipswich Town gathered together this afternoon at their grounds to watch the very emotional Sir Bobby Robson memorial service beamed live from Durham Cathedral.


The Master standing next to his statue in St. James’ Park

The service was also broadcast live on television, and were beamed to the grounds of both clubs and shown on massive screens.

It has been revealed that his widow, Lady Elsie, will open a new stand re-named in Bobby’s honor at Ipswich’s Portman Road ground, before Saturday’s game against Newcastle – KO 5:30 pm.

As reported earlier both teams will wear special commemorative shirts, which will later be auctioned off to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation for cancer research at Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

We would hope that Bobby is also honored in some way by Newcastle, but that may have to wait until unpopular owner Mike Ashley sells the club to somebody who can actually run it properly.

Sir Bobby is an inspiration to football folks around around the world, and no more so than on Tyneside, where he is worshipped.

There are heroes and there are heroes – but Bobby was the real thing, without a doubt – the true working-class hero.

As a demonstration of his human qualities we will aways  remember after his first home game at St. James’ Park, when we thrashed bottom of the league Sheffield Wednesday 8-0, he embraced then Wednesday manager Danny Wilson at the end of the game, and consoled him for a few minutes.

Because Bobby knew the defeat was a hammer blow, not only to the manager,  but to the famous Sheffield football club too.

Such was the humility of   Bobby Robson.

Bobby will be missed terribly in football circles around the world as one of the true gentlemen of the game.

21 comments so far

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Sep 21, 2009 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #1

    A greater man to football there has never been. A man of his stature is now lost to us all forever but will always be remembered with great fondness.


    Sep 21, 2009 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #2

    god bless bobby robson and all that walk in his shadow

  • summerof69

    Sep 21, 2009 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #3

    RIP sir bobby

    he achieved wonderful things in football but the person eclipses the manager

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 21, 2009 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #4

    I doubt very much we’ll hear such glowin’, heart-felt testimonies to other players/coaches anytime soon!..
    …When Bobby got pushed out of the Toon, he left with dignity & honor, unlike most of our ex’s!..
    …& he was probably the least deservin’ of such treatment…Ever!..

    …Bobby Robson’s Black ‘n’ White Army!..

    …ROBSON’S Black ‘n’ White Army!..

  • Uchiha_Itachi

    Sep 21, 2009 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #5

    Good shout Ed…I hope we give Bobby the recognition he deserves. From a personal point of view as a supporter of this great club I cant remember a more exciting time for pure footballing reasons, are consistent rise up the league, the amazing nights in the champions league and bar that Woodgate injury…we would and should have won the title that year.

    Bobby was more than a master of the game but a tremendous human being and rightfully deserves his place as a legend, will be sadly missed and never forgotten.

    Thanks Sir Bobby for everything you did for this club and for football.

  • english yeoman

    Sep 21, 2009 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #6

    I was there today to show my final respect to Sir Bobby and it was very emotional – especially at the end when Durham Cathedral played Dire Straights ‘Local Hero’ on the church organ blasting out in SJP.

    A (minor) dissapointment in Fat MA’s SJP regime had a mirror image of his Sports Direct sulry incompetent staff was found in stewards talking and one even shouting god knows what across to a colleague during the service – preceded by 2 cleaners clanking buckets on wheels across the front of the East Stand as the memorial service begins!

    WTF? Some people literally have no ide and no sense of decency and respect.

    The SJP faithfull were however impeccably behaved and to see such high profile names from throughout the footballing world, all take time out to attend the ceremony itself was a moving indication of the respect SBR both deserves and holds amongst his esteemed peers.

    Rest in peace Bobby – we will remember you.

  • Uchiha_Itachi

    Sep 21, 2009 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #7

    punk skunk… // Sep 21, 2009 at 5:52 PM

    I doubt very much we’ll hear such glowin’, heart-felt testimonies to other players/coaches anytime soon!..
    …When Bobby got pushed out of the Toon, he left with dignity & honor, unlike most of our ex’s!..
    …& he was probably the least deservin’ of such treatment…Ever!..

    Couldnt agree more…

  • Mags

    Sep 21, 2009 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #8

    What a beauiful and moving tribute to a wonderful man. The Bishop of Newcastle was immense.

    The Last Post then the Local Hero as everyone was leaving the cathedral finished me completely.

    He was, is and alwasy will the THE REAL SPECIAL ONE.

    Gone but forever in our hearts.

  • G

    Sep 21, 2009 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #9

    Due to work commitments I couldn’t get to SJP, which is a shame as I can get quite a good view from my office window of the Gallowgate End. I felt like a little piece of me had died when I heard of Bobby’s demise. He looked in a bad way at the charity match, but we all hoped he would be around a bit longer. I will never forget the period of stability he brought to SJP, with the highlight being the first home game against Shef Wed, one of my fondest football memories.
    RIP Sir Bob

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 21, 2009 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Beatin’ manwho 4-3, chavs 2-1, the leeds wins, liverpool too!..
    …Juve, inter away, & others too numerous to mention…
    …Get ya’ faves up Lads/Lasses!..

    …One Bobby Robson!..

  • Uchiha_Itachi

    Sep 21, 2009 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #11

    Id have to just about plump for the 1-0 away win at juve…first team in champions league history to lose the first three group games and still qualify…awesome.

  • G

    Sep 21, 2009 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #12

    @Uchiha_Itachi – Another fave. One of his finest moments.

  • toonsy

    Sep 21, 2009 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #13

    Sir Bobby = Legend forever!

    Nothing else needed!

  • Stuart79

    Sep 21, 2009 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #14

    How we could do with his class and dignity at the club now.

  • RichY

    Sep 21, 2009 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #15

    anyone know if its on TV at all?

  • Davy Craig

    Sep 21, 2009 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #16

    I listened to some of it on the radio this afternoon and Gary Lineker was really struggling to keep his emotion in.

    It brought a tear to my eyes again watching on Look North.

    He was a lovely man and loved football.

    What if….we were able to get him as manager instead of Dalglish when we had the basis of a great side? Who knows!


  • punk skunk...

    Sep 21, 2009 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #17

    if Bobby had come along then, he would defo have won the league, 2 or 3 times & maybe the champs league & defo the uefa cup & possibly an fa cup…
    …& i really don’t think that’s takin’ the piss, as that team woulda done somethin’ great with that sort of continuity…That’s without any of the players he woulda brought here!..
    …& he woulda totally eclipsed what kk did, without doubt!..

  • Bucks mag

    Sep 21, 2009 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #18

    Respect Sir Bobby, the first Newcastle manager that I properly remember. What a time to be brought up in as a fan!
    BTW, just a note, we beat Juve 1-0 at home in the Champions League

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 21, 2009 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #19

    y’right bucksmag, the ref skanked us with that offside decision against Shearer that was at least 3 yards on side, remember?..

    …Andy Griffin, in off buffon, class (SJP)

  • DJG

    Sep 21, 2009 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #20

    The tributes from Gary crisps, Alec Ferguson and Jose Mourinho say it all really. One of a dying breed.

  • Wigaz

    Sep 21, 2009 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #21

    Great article Ed. Put it this way Heaven FC has it’s new manager & he’s pretty dam good. RIP Bobby thank you for gracing our lives.


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