Our last pre=season game tomorrow at home to SC Braga is on Football Association’s Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day, and Alan Pardew is calling on his players to be inspired by the great man and what he did in both football and in life.
Bobby Robson – many are inspired by this great man
Bobby finally lost his long fight with cancer on 31st July four years ago, just days after an England vs Germany game which celebrated how Bobby got England to the semi final of the World Cup in 1990, but we lost at the death on penalties.
This is what Alan Pardew told the Shields Gazette.
“He’s somebody we all aspire to – no matter what field of life you are in,” “I particularly aspire to him as a football manager. Words really don’t do it justice in many ways.
“But it would be nice to honor him on a special day.” “I’m looking forward to us putting in a display that he would be proud of,” said Pardew.
“Hopefully, it will be an offensive display which was the hallmark of his teams.”
Bobby had Newcastle in the top five in the last three seasons of his five season tenure at Newcastle, from 199 through 2004.
And he took over a side that was second bottom of the league when Ruud Gullit was fired, and in his first home league game, we hammered bottom club Sheffield Wednesday 8-0 in what Bobby called a 6 pointer – it was a six pointer all right.
And we finished 4th, 3rd and 5th in his last three seasons – but then he was ruthlessly sacked by Freddy Shepherd.
And we think a plaque should be hung in the St. James Park dressing room (the Cathedral on the Hill as Bobby used to call it) on Bobby talking about what a football club is:
“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.”
If our lads read that before every home game, it should really help them big time – and if those words don’t inspire them – nothing will.
Bobby was a terrific manager and a wonderful person, and he will continue to inspire a lot of us – who cherish his fantastic legacy in football and at Newcastle.
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