It would have been Bobby Robson’s 80th Birthday yesterday if he had still been alive, and there was a fitting Celebration of Sir Bobby Robson’s life at the Sage in Gateshead last night, and current Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was one of the main guests of the evening.
Bobby Robson - would have been 80 years old yesterday
Bobby was a fantastic manager of course, and guided England to the semi finals of the World Cup in 1990 when we went out on penalties in the semi-final against West Germany, and of course the great Paul Gascoigne was part of that team.
Bobby was a right half when he was playing for Fulham, West Brom and England, but he was a better manager than he was a player and learned his trade at Ipswich from 1969 through 1982 – when he became the England manager.
This is some of what Alan Pardew had to say about Bobby Robson last night:
“It’s different for me slightly because I’m from London, but he’s still held in the highest regard anywhere you go in the country.” “Of course though, he’s a much-loved son of this city.”
“He had the honor of being the manager of this club as I do.” “It’s his enthusiasm that is one of the things that he’ll be remembered for.” “I only met him three or four times but I think he told me his life story twice!”
“That was Sir Bobby, he was brilliant and it’s really nice to honor him on his birthday.”
Bobby Robson managed Newcastle from 1999 through 2004 and in the last three seasons of Bobby’s reign we finished in 4th, 3rd and then 5th place in the Premier League - and we played in the Champions League twice in that period.
His record at Newcastle was played 255 won 119, drew 64 and lost 72 for a win percentage of 46.67, and in his first season he took over from Ruud Gullit when we were second bottom of the league after 7 games played.
And in his first home game at St. James’ Park (which he called the Cathedral on the Hill), we thrashed the bottom side Sheffield Wednesday 8-0, and we were 5-0 up at half time, and a certain Alan Shearer scored 5 goals in that game.
And after the game Bobby sheepishly said to the fans that they couldn’t expect that to happen in every home game …..
Such are some of the great memories of Sir Bobby Robson left at his home town club.
Bobby was certainly a great manager but he was an even better person, and he continues to be loved around the football world.
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