Bobby Robson Nine Foot Tall Bronze Statue So Very Fitting

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.

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • yorkshireToon

    Apr 26, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Just a post to anyone going on a coach to Wigan from newcastle: how much is it for anyone individually to pay? Wondering if I’m getting ripped off. Cheers

  • Garreth

    Apr 26, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #2

    Very fitting indeed. R.I.P Sir Bobby, forever in our hearts!

  • Garreth

    Apr 26, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #3

    yorkshireToon, I’ve seen someone advertising seats on their coach for £24, if that helps.

  • ash-out

    Apr 26, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #4

    Hot damn Ed, you can write an article quicker than I can compose a sentence. Great work.

    It would seem that Mike has to be applauded once again for funding this memorial to Bobby. Can’t wait to see it prior to the settee game.

    Oh and lew from you r previous posts, why can’t I dream of finishing third? We have finished below the mackems for three years which has left me mentally scarred. Let me be happy. Anything is possible with the silver fox, double demba, hatem bomb, dream boat, the lion, capt collo and willo the warrior.

    Balls to realism….

    f@@kin come onnnnnn!

  • Lew Davies

    Apr 26, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #5

    reet i’ve hooked enuff for one day.
    have fun dreaming peeps.

  • If Demba Ba was in Call of Duty..

    Apr 26, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #6

    About time this happened, really looking forward to seeing it. R.I.P SBR, our black & white knight.

  • Vask

    Apr 26, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #7

    So long Lew enjoy changing your name when we finish third 😉

  • Vask

    Apr 26, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #8

    So Milburn is in the South east corner and Bobby in the south west, by my estimation that leaves two corners for a couple more legends. Any suggestions?

  • soundoid

    Apr 26, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Looking at Sir Bobby’s side we have more class in our current squad all goes to show what an exellent manager he was.

    Also a massive shout must go out to John Carver probably the unsung hero of this football club.

  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 26, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #10


    at least not Ameobi

  • terencelim

    Apr 26, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #11

    The real legend of football. Unlike Alex Ferguson, Sir Bobby didn’t need to threaten PGMO and FA to gain gay advantages and win matches. RIP Sir Bobby, you are forever in my heart, and I’ll tell my generation about you.

  • Vask

    Apr 26, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #12

    An Ameobi statue would be mint maybe the top half shola and the bottom half bambi, trampling unsteadily over a Sunderland shirt.

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 26, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #13

    How about a statue of Indian? He is after all a Newcastle Blog legend of bringing up Shola at any given opportunity

  • check the toastie

    Apr 26, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #14

    Thats a nice touch by the club, its amazing really he got that team to the semi finals of a european trophy,

    One name stands out above any others in that 2004 team ,and that is Gary Speed, a sad tragic loss, the lad probably carried half that team through those games, a superb statue of Speed and Shearer celebrating a goal would be my idea of a super tribute to both club Legends, outside the Milburn Entrance, were teams go in.

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 26, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #15

    Check – Great shout.

  • russtoon

    Apr 26, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #16

    @ Check the toastie

    What a superb idea, i think we all have to tilt our hat even slightly to the FCB, he has shown great character and honesty to fund that statue of the Great Sir Bobby, it shows he has thought about the fans and the cities feelings and emotions towards a world football legend!!

    RIP Sir Bobby and Speedo, you will both remain in our hearts forever!!


  • geordieviking

    Apr 26, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #17

    Can’t criticize this but what about Joe Harvey. Served us well as a player and was the last manager to bring back a trophy as well as being a great guy. In my eyes he deserves a statue even more than SBR.

  • markmac

    Apr 26, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #18

    R.I.P Sir Bobby, always remebered x

  • markmac

    Apr 26, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #19


  • wynsleap

    Apr 26, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #20

    Sorry (and I know I’m going to get shot down in flames here) – but as much as I greatly admired Bobby as a man and a manager I don’t regard him as a Newcastle United legend.
    There are others more worthy of a statue at the Toon including the one and only Shearer and Joe Harvey (as geordieviking says).
    Bobby made his name with Fulham and West Brom. He only chose to manage us in his later years (when he could have done it earlier) and as far as success goes with the club – he didn’t actually win anything (unlike Harvey).
    Bobby – you were a great manager, a wonderful warm and talented individual and a superb ambassador for the club in the short while you were here.
    Don’t think that warrants a statue however.

  • jimmymagpie

    Apr 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #21

    Wynsleap – Hear, hear! Harvey captained this club to 2 successive cup wins, coached us to a third win in 1955, was manager of the Fairs Cup winners, and gave 40 years service to this club. As much as i admired sir Bobby, he was only here 5 years, and turned us down after Keegan left in 1997. This is typical Ashley trying to buy cheap publicity, but of course he knows nothing about the history of NUFC, does he? I know for a fact that many old timers feels as i do about this.

  • bambams

    Apr 26, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #22


    Thats what these blogs are for, peoples opinions and i can see exactly what you are getting at.

    Sir Bobby was a fantastic person and i genuinely believe the club have done the correct thing here, he totally dragged us back to the higher places in the league and he was from the North East. I think the overwhelming fact for me is in my eyes he is the last of the “great men” who had such a love for football and was respected wherever he worked.

    I think the club looks so much better as a result of this statue- again though i cant and wont disagree with you comment.

  • toonincheek

    Apr 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #23

    Sir Bobby is a footballing legend, first and foremost, but also a sucessful Newcastle manager and lifelong fan

    All credit to MA for making this happen.

    Do you think Sir Bobby is looking out for us?

  • dmac

    Apr 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #24

    I for one am glad Sir bobby is being remembered in this way. The man was a die hard newcastle fan and was still attending games a matter of days/weeks before his death when he was really Ill. The feats he reached as a manager cannot be forgetten. He is a true gent.

    He is someone i admire and think the statue is just. I can understand reasoning for others and perhaps we should have more. I disagree wholeheartedly with those calling for a Keegan statue. People seem to forget that he walked out on us not once but twice. Has he ever been pictured attending games? Doubt it. Id sooner a shearer one than him.

  • jimmymagpie

    Apr 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #25

    Toon in cheek – Robson won nowt, unlike harvey who won trophies as player, coach, and manager, and gave a lifetime, not just 5 years, to NUFC. Read your toon history!

  • solano

    Apr 26, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #26

    With Wynsleap and JimmyMagpie on this one…SBR was a very, very good coach and achieved relative success at NUFC without getting that elusive trophy. His reputation in the game was secured well before his arrival at Gallowgate, and if you put sentiment aside, there are probably others like Joe Harvey who should have more fitting tributes for his contribution to the club both as a player and manager.
    Another bit of good PR for Ashley..wonder if he is planning a statue of Kevin Keegan, – the manager who is largely responsible for the clubs stature as a modern day “big” club and on the coat tails of that, the reason why we have a magnificent 52000 seater stadium, formerly known as St James’ Park.
    I wonder what Wor Jackie and Bobby would have to say about the namechange?


    Apr 26, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #27


  • geordiestu

    Apr 26, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #28

    if i remember right was it not bobby robson before he died told newcastle fans to stick with ashley he will get it right ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • wynsleap

    Apr 26, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #29

    jimmymagpie Thanks for your support.
    I’m glad us ‘old timers’ still have our values!

  • Shearer.Milburn

    Apr 26, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #30

    After this season we should have the whole squad cast in bronze!! HWTL

  • solano

    Apr 26, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #31

    geordiestu@28…a link or source? Before morphine or after?

  • Real Toon Army Fan

    Apr 26, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #32

    One of the greatest English man to be involved in football.With me the best that’s all us Football fans should remember him and not for get him.I could not ask for more then to put a Brass structure of Sir Bobby outside the stadium.R.I.P Sir Bobby but never ever ever ever forgotten by me.


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