Remembering The Great Bobby Robson


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.



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52 comments so far

  • geordiesteve520

    Jul 31, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #1

    One of the true greats, a wonderful human being, role model and one who is sorely missed.

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 31, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #2

    R.I.P sir bobby loved by all what a great man who is sadly missed

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 31, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #3

    RIP Sir Bobby. A great man, and his memory will forever be cherished.

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  • Sholadona

    Jul 31, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #4

    R.I.P. Sir Bobby. Legend, Gentleman, Geordie. Great man

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  • Super Magpie

    Jul 31, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #5

    RIP Sir Bobby
    A true gentleman, NUFC legend and football legend.
    Football has and never will have a character like Sir bobby.
    Gone but never forgotten.

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jul 31, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #6

    485 posts last thread…

    SBR was a true gent

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  • WWYCD

    Jul 31, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #7

    True footballing legend RIP Sir Bobby Robson

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jul 31, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #8

    R.I.P. Sir Bobby Everyone will always remember where they were that day. I remeber I was on a training course for work in Nottingham having my dinner and it popped up on sky sports news, felt sick

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Jul 31, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #9

    Legend, will never be forgot!!!!

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 31, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #10

    Great to see, just by the current posts in this thread, that Sir Bobby Robson is still keeping Newcastle United 😉

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jul 31, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #11

    Dannyo

    SBR was a role model for anyone involved in football management at the highest level.
    Our decline started the day the Shepherds lost the plot

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 31, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #12

    Lee Ryder ?@lee_ryder
    Ba got off the plane from Portugal with the team earlier… #nufc

    I don’t think we need to worry, and once again, the NUFC regime has done the right thing by not offering a new contract.

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  • JC148

    Jul 31, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #13

    First game I ever went to in 2002, Newcastle 4-1 Ipswich in the Worthington Cup. Sir Bobby was manager and one of the only things I remember is all 4 corners booming with ‘Walking in a Robson wonderland!’

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 31, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #14

    @MFH
    Well, u can blame Shepard, but only partially.
    It was the fans who were shouting for Robsons head when we had that poor start to the season.
    And Shepard did what he tried to do all along, wether he managed it or not, please the fans.

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  • Baro

    Jul 31, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #15

    RIP …. Sir Bobby an absolute legend ….. RIP

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  • josh

    Jul 31, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #16

    @dannyo. To be honest all I can recall is shock when Robson got sacked and I don’t know a Newcastle fan that called for his head…

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 31, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #17

    Classic Colin adamant ba was gone n Carroll was done deal now saying Carroll n not surprised ba stayed ha

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  • JC148

    Jul 31, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #18

    Report from France that Newcastle must put in an improved offer in the next few hours or we can forget about signing Debuchy. Thoughts everyone?

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 31, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #19

    @josh
    I’m not saying everyone did, but i can certainly remember a huge ammount calling for his head.
    I’m not making it up, honest. Who do u really think would admit to that nowadays?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 31, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #20

    R.I.P sir bobby, true gent, true legend, true geordie

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 31, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #21

    @davy
    I don’t get how that guy has followers, he hasn’t gotten one right in 3 years ffs.

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 31, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #22

    Honestly this debuchy thing is getting really boring jus pay the god damm €8m n get him signed he’s worth every penny it only bloody works out at 6.2mill

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  • Beardsleys Love Child

    Jul 31, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #23

    Legend…gentleman…geordie….

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  • nufc13789

    Jul 31, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #24

    One word legend !

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  • zico martin

    Jul 31, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #25

    Just an amazing man with great warmth and a great spence of humour and a fantastic man manager but most of all a true Geordie legend

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  • zico martin

    Jul 31, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #26

    Dam this iPad and its predictive text ;0)

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  • SupaToonKid

    Jul 31, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #27

    RIP Sir Bobby, a legend to football & mankind

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  • SupaToonKid

    Jul 31, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #28

    Hopefully Debuchy deal can be wrapped up this week. Though I would still be very happy if we sign Van der Wiel if we miss out on Debuchy. Would be good as well if we can also do deals for Anita, Douglas & Koura; then we can fully focus on signing a 3rd FW to help Ba, Cissé, Shola & Sammy.

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 31, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #29

    The reserve match tomorrow will have 2-3 first teamers in it.
    Wonder who…

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 31, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #30

    According to Dan King, possibly Good too, but he’s not sure.

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  • rainrix

    Jul 31, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #31

    RIP great man. Such a shame he couldnt see us rise again in this life.

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  • pardews plan B

    Jul 31, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #32

    Bobby you were a true gentleman, a great man, a legend, we will all remember you and cherish our memories of your time here.
    Thank you.

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  • Spuggy

    Jul 31, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #33

    Sadly missed. Fondly remembered.

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  • Billythefish

    Jul 31, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #34

    True legend, met sir bobby years ago outside the ground, stood chatted and signed autographs for all and was only to happy to have his photo taken with the kids. RIP legend.

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 31, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #35

    Staylor should b in the team tomorrow he needs the match fitness

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  • Londtoon

    Jul 31, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #36

    RIP Sir Bobby, I donated to your charity just the other week. You are still inspirational

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  • TorqToon

    Jul 31, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #37

    A true legend who never really passed away, he just ‘moved upstairs’ to guide the team and get a better view! We love and miss you, Wor Bobby!

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 31, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #38

    @davy
    Would expect it, and possibly Gosling if he’s recovered.

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  • Oldgit1

    Jul 31, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #39

    Sir Bobby, you will always remain in peoples hearts, truely a great man and an inspiration to all.
    Your name will always live on. Thanks for the memories.
    RIP

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  • nimo

    Jul 31, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #40

    Been n put flowers on his statue today.. Legend in every sense of the word.. Off topic any1 seen woman in black quite a scary film t say its a 12 wouldn’t like t think i was watching it alone 18yr ago which is What my 12 year old daughter did yesterday .. Didn’t sleep all night so i thought id gI’ve it a watch while wife on nights.. Made me jump a few times

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