Today is the 3rd anniversary of Bobby Robson’s death, when he succumbed to cancer, after a very long fight with the disease.
Bobby Robson – the great one – with John Carver
Bobby was a very good player and a great manager, and he was loved not only in England and Europe, but all around the football world.
For the record this is Bobby’s playing record:
Year Club Games Goals 1950–1956 Fulham 152 68 1956–1962 WBA 239 56 1962–1967 Fulham 192 9 Total 583 133
Bobby was a good player – a right half back – and he played 20 times for England with 4 goals.
But he was a better manager than a player, and his management record is as follows, and he finally got his dream job when he became manager of his home town club - Newcastle United – in 1999.
Year Club 1968 Fulham 1969–1982 Ipswich Town 1982–1990 England 1990–1992 PSV Eindhoven 1992–1994 Sporting CP 1994–1996 Porto 1996–1997 Barcelona 1998–1999 PSV Eindhoven 1999–2004 Newcastle United
Bobby saved Newcastle is his first season at the club, and he took over a side that was second bottom of the league to Sheffield Wednesday, after Ruud Gullit had been fired, and on his home debut as manager, Bobby inspired his players so much that they won that game 8-0, were 5-0 up at the half, and a certain Alan Shearer scored 5 goals.
His second season at Newcastle was a disappointment, but we also had lots of injuries, including one to Alan Shearer, but then in his last three seasons managing Newcastle we finished in 4th, 3rd and 5th place in the Premier League, and twice qualified for the Champions League and reached the semi-final of the Europa Cup in 2004.
While England manager from 1981 through 1990, Bobby led the National team to the quarter finals of the 1986 World Cup, when that hand of God beat us – in other words Maradona cheated by punching the ball into the net – and in 1990 we were beaten in the semi-final on penalties by West Germany after extra time.
Bobby Robson’s statue at St. James’ Park
The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, a charity which Bobby created to help fight cancer, lives on in his memory and has done great work in collecting millions of pounds in donations. for the cause of fighting cancer.
Bobby Robson was one of the all time great English football managers, but he was an even better person, and at the end of the day, that’s what’s really important in this life.
He will always remain a personal inspiration to me.