Hughton Takes Inspiration From The Great Bobby Robson

Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of Sir Bobby Robson’s death, which happened just 5 days after he was honored by a representative England vs  Germany game, to celebrate Bobby taking England to the World Cup semi-finals in 1990, when the lads lost on penalties, after extra time.

Sir Bobby Robson – next to his statue at St. James’ Park

And tomorrow there will a celebration when PSV, one of Bobby’s former clubs,  visits St. James’ Park for our third last pre-season friendly.

Chris Hughton has said a few times he has been inspired in the Newcastle job by the great man, and he told the Evening Chronicle today:

“We heard Sir Bobby’s name sung at every game last season and I think it will be the same this year too.” “I think in some ways there are lots of reasons we had the season we did last season – there were lots of pivotal moments.”

“Certainly, the Sir Bobby factor played a part. That is certainly an element in the feel-good factor that you have around the supporters and the club.” “When we played Ipswich, I don’t think there was anybody who came away from that game not thinking about Sir Bobby on that day.”

“It was arguably our best away performance, it was such an emphatic display.”

Newcastle demolished Ipswich that day with their best display of the season,  and the game was also televised live around the world for all to see, and showed just how well the Newcastle team, under new manager Chris Hughton, could play.

Chris has his own great memories of Bobby Robson, and he reflected on those today:

“There are lots of people who will have particular moments with Bobby.” “Mine were just general when I was in his company.”

“You always felt privileged to be there.” “I was also fortunate that when I got my UEFA Pro Licence, Sir Bobby awarded it to me.”

“There are lots of nice memories, but, for me, it was just a wonderful feeling to be in his company.”

Chris now sits at the desk once occupied by Bobby Robson, who of course took the club into the European Champions League for the very first time.

Bobby was simply phenomenal at Newcastle, his home town club, and had Newcastle in 4th, 3rd and 5th place in successive seasons, before he was surprisingly sacked after 5 full seasons in charge at the club – and that was in early September, 2004.

That was one of the worst sackings ever at the Newcastle club, but Bobby’s spirit and passion is still at St. James’ Park for all to witness, and if any of our players need any inspiration, they should review the career of Sir Bobby Robson.

It was just fantastic, but even better than that was Bobby Robson, the man.

Bobby was an even better person than he was a football manager, and we think that’s about the highest accolade we can give to one of our most favorite people on the planet.

Rest in peace Bobby Robson.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Moreno

    Jul 30, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #1

    My wife is Scottish and didn’t really get the culture in the North East for football properly until the day she saw the game at St. James’ and the reception Sir Bobby got from the fans 5 days before he unfortunately left us.

    When he passed away I had tears running down my face and that was certainly the saddest day of the year for me.

    Rest in Peace THE greatest ambassador of the Geordie nation.

  • geordielad880

    Jul 30, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Bobby robson is the nicest person i have ever met, his enthusiasm for football was amazing, and he was such a genuine person, who never had a bad word to say about anyone.

  • webbo

    Jul 30, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #3

    I think the day they sacked him he died. They took away the thing he loved and that must have been like ripping his heart out. A true gent and a strong intelligent footballing man. R.I.P sir bob u r a true legend

  • callie9

    Jul 30, 2010 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #4

    as lovely as he was, he wasnt the first to lead us into the cl lol

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jul 30, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #5

    I heard a news that Deniz Yilmaz will join Newcastle united, right?

  • xfer

    Jul 30, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Exactly, when we sacked him, I was pretty sad because he has achieved what many couldnt. He love the Geordie nation, and it must have hurt!

    Wonderful legend, well associated with us. Thank you for that, and rest in peace.

  • lewman

    Jul 30, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #7

    i think that was the beggining of our downfall when he got sacked. he somehow made good players play like world class players. just look at what happened to every one after he left, robert, dyer etc… bellamy has done ok but no where near to what he was like.
    to think that we turned down 20 million for dyer and 14 mill for bellamy to then go and sell them both for a combined fee of 12 mill which is about the price that luque cost.

    this makes me think that asley has done nowt compared to graham souness in wrecking our club. does anyone know how much michael owen and luque cost with transfer fee and wages combined, minus what we got from the fa for owens injury. i bet its about 50 million but would love to know the exact amount.

  • toon_army_redlichtie85

    Jul 30, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #8

    R;E Zangwill_ho

    Deniz Yilmaz is certain to go to Blackpool for a reported 7.5million and going by the info i supplied from his bio he isn’t worth that gamble for us mate

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    Deniz Yilmaz Personal information
    Full name Deniz Yilmaz
    Date of birth 26 February 1988 (1988-02-26) (age 22)
    Place of birth Neu-Ulm, West Germany
    Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
    Playing position Striker
    Club information
    Current club Bayern Munich II
    Number 10
    Youth career
    TV Wiblingen
    2003–2005 SSV Ulm 1846
    2005–2007 Bayern Munich
    Senior career*
    Years Team Apps† (Gls)†
    2007– Bayern Munich II 88 (27)
    2008– Bayern Munich 0 (0)
    National team‡
    Turkey U19 ? (?)
    2007– Turkey U21 8 (3

  • WesJameson

    Jul 30, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #9

    theres only one Bobby Robson, theres only one Bobby Robson, one Bobby Rooobbbsssooonnnnn,walking in a Geordie wonderland 🙂 (shotened version)


  • Doha Mag

    Jul 30, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #10

    NUFC sacked Sir Bobby wrongfully and since that day, we’ve been on a down wards spirall….

    Chris H will lead us to the promised land with a mixture of experience and youth…..

    However, he will need some cash; Mr. Ash

  • baro

    Jul 30, 2010 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #11


    Deniz Yilmaz……

    Where did u here that he will be joining Nufc.


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