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.