The famous quote from Bobby Robson about what is a football club – just about describes the complete and utter passion the Newcastle fans have for their club – and of course Bobby was manager at Newcastle United from early September of 1999 through late August of 2004, when he was sacked because 5th place wasn’t good enough for then Chairman Freddy Shepherd.
Sir Bobby Robson – the great one
But as usual Bobby took his shock dismissal with the dignity he showed throughout his life, and kept quiet about it – although he was utterly and completely shocked, after he successfully led the side to 4th, 3rd and 5th in successive seasons, after coming in and rescuing us in 1999 from the mess Ruud Gullit had left.
Here’s those words from the great one:
“What is a club in any case?” “Not the buildings or the directors or the people who are paid to represent it.”
It’s not the television contracts, get-out clauses, marketing departments or executive boxes.”
“It’s the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city.”
“It’s a small boy clambering up stadium steps for the very first time, gripping his father’s hand, gawping at that hallowed stretch of turf beneath him and, without being able to do a thing about it, falling in love.”
We have players from all over the place in the squad, and they need to know what football club they are playing for, and before every home game the manager should point to the plaque on the wall, to remind the players the club they are playing for.
That should give us a two goal start.
And we should add that today is exactly four years since Bobby passed away away from cancer.
Newcastle is certainly not an ordinary club, but extra ordinary and one of the best supported clubs on the planet, even though we haven’t won anything for 44 years.
Who’s the special one here – hint – it’s not the guy on the right
We think it would be a great thing to do – a large plaque on the dressing room wall with Bobby’s words and a picture of the great one, and it will remind the players of Bobby’s great legacy at his home town club.
It’s certainly inspired me – now where did I put those boots 25 years ago?
What do you think?
Note – I immediately deleted that article about Joey Barton, once a reader reminded me it was two years old - it was my error.
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