Newcastle United will unveil a statue of our former manager Sir Bobby Robson before the final home game of the season against Manchester City on Sunday, 6th May.
John Carver with the great man Bobby Robson
The statue will be positioned in the southwest corner of St, James’ Park, and it stands nine-and-a-half feet tall, and is made of bronze.
The news is on the Newcastle web-site today, and the unveiling ceremony will take place at 10.30am, on the day of the Manchester City game, which kicks off at 1:30 pm.
And the ceremony will include the former players and staff who worked with Bobby, and Alan Pardew and the current staff will also be there.
It will be a big moment for John Carver, who of course was Bobby’s right-hand man during Robson’s five year reign as Newcastle manager from 1999-2004.
Bobby had us in 4th place and 3rd place in the league table during those heady days, and it’s very appropriate and fitting that Newcastle are doing so well this season.
The sculptor is Tom Maley, and the statue was commissioned by the Newcastle United club last autumn.
As well as having Newcastle twice in the Champions League, Bobby also led Newcastle to the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup in 2004, the year he was sacked by then Chairman Freddy Shepherd.
Newcastle drew with Marseilles 0-0 at St. James’ Park on 22nd April, but then lost away 2-0 on May 6th – and a certain Didier Drogba got both the Marseilles goals
Here are the two teams in that game:
Marseille: Ferreira, Dos Santos, Hemdani, N’Diaye, Drogba(Vachousek 89′), Meite, Meriem, Marlet(Battles 67′), Beye, Barthez, Flamini
Subs: Christanval, Ecker, Celestini, Gavanon, Merlin
Newcastle: Given, Bernard, Bramble, O’Brien, Hughes, Ambrose, Speed, Viana (Bowyer 65′), Robert, Ameobi, Shearer
Subs: Elliott, Harper, Bridges, Chopra, Caldwell, Brittain
It’s a fitting tribute by Newcastle to commission the stature, and they are to be complimented for doing this.
Derek Llambias, Managing Director of Newcastle United, had this to say:
“We’re delighted to be able to honour Sir Bobby Robson with this lasting tribute.” “He was a great man and ambassador for this football club and for the city.”
“He achieved great success during his time as manager of Newcastle United.” “And this statue is a fitting way for the Club to remember him.”
Bobby’s wife, Lady Elsie Robson had this to say today:
“It’s very fitting that there will be a tribute to Bob outside Newcastle United’s ground. This is where his love of football began.”
“As a boy he’d come here with his dad and he likely queued to get into the ground where the statue will be sited.”
“My husband’s career took him all over the world but he was always a Newcastle fan at heart. He loved this Club and was very proud to be its manager.”
“I think the statue design is wonderful and I’m very grateful to Newcastle United for funding it.”
Bobby was a great manager, and one of the best English managers ever, but he was an even better person, and was admired and loved throughout the world of football.
Bobby’s great skill was to get the very best out of the players he managed, which is the true skill of any manager.
We’re so glad he will always be remembered at St. James’ Park.