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Newcastle Should Always Be Inspired By Sir Bobby Robson

8:54 am, Friday, August 9th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 37 Comments

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.

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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. :D

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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37 responses so far ↓

  • 1 FatmanJoe // Aug 9, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    A truly great man! There hasn’t been anyone in the game like him since and I’m not sure there ever will be. I’m not ashamed to admit I shed a tear the day he died.

  • 2 Indian Magpie // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:01 AM


  • 3 sa80teur // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    A fine example of what men should aspire to.

    Some of my greatest NUFC memories are thanks to Bobby. Moving in to university in Sheffield the day we smashed them 8-0 then going out in my Shearer shirt being a particular highlight :-)

  • 4 clinath@ed // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    The Very Best of us….if only he’d had this squad to work with, eh?

  • 5 FatmanJoe // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    That would have been incredible… and these players would have played out of their skins for him. Unlike the likes of Kieran Dyer who were just in it for the money.

  • 6 spudzzz // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    @nut meg…..its now 6 seasons at ajax…i would have thought a cheeky bid this month might be worth a try. If he said this summer he wanted to stay maybe it was to keep fans on his side as he was probably their best player again last season….you know how fickle fans are :)

  • 7 Markaccus // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:08 AM


    Rip sir bobby.

  • 8 Markaccus // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:10 AM


    Dyer often played out of his skin. He also played out of his hamstring, groin, calf, knees, et.c et.c et.c

  • 9 Ben3arfa // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    The day Sir Bobby got sacked was the day we were doomed in my eyes, no one steadied the ship until Chris Hughton in the Championship.

    Both true legends, RIP

  • 10 FatmanJoe // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    8 :-)

    Made of glass that boy!

  • 11 Markaccus // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:13 AM


    When did chris hughton die!?!?

    Sorry just the way you worded it. Agreed they aee both legends

  • 12 lesh // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Given the number who may have difficulty reading Bobby’s lengthy but profound statement, it might be better broadcast in the dressing room before players go down the tunnel.

    If the club couid find a recording of the great man himself uttering those words, it could be preceded by an inspirational lead-up, followed by some appropriate music and words, it may just remind the players who and what they’re play for.

    The choice of music could be tricky to get right though, however I’m sure that our fans’ encyclopaedic knowledge of music would provide the answer.

  • 13 phoonck // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    I agree too.. Jonas Gutierrez now seems to play better in a more central role than on the wings as he has lost some pace and can’t cross, but his work rate and determination makes him a better tackler. However, I feel Vurnon Anita can’t play a defensive midfielder alone as he is too lightweight and will be easily bossed over.

    -Debuchy—Coloccini—Yanga M’Biwa—Santon
    —Ben Arfa———————————–Remy

  • 14 sa80teur // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Ben3Arfa – spot on. Look how both were treated, in the end. Disgraceful, really. Leaves a bad taste..

  • 15 Markaccus // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:15 AM


    One one occasion he played out of Bowyers fists :D

  • 16 sa80teur // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Markaccus – thank Gareth Barry for intervening and preventing total embarrassment for the club.

  • 17 lesh // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Markaccus @15…. for the whole world to see too What a spectacle!

  • 18 clinath@ed // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    HBA appears in everyone’s fav formation (my own included), however, from what I’ve heard through the summer he may find himself under the spotlight if performances don’t match expectations.

  • 19 cestriasteve // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    I know it’s been on here a few times but its hairs on the back of the next stuff very time you read it.

    If only he had come after Keegan!,!

  • 20 nut meg // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    I know,my heart sank when he said it.I still hoped we would slap a bid in just to test the water & see if it come to anything,still secretly hoping if the truth be

  • 21 Markaccus // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:23 AM


    It was an utter disgrace. Bowyer was racist though. They covered it best they could, but he dodnt like the black players.

  • 22 Beattie25 // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Whenever Alan Pardew mentions himself in connection with Sir Bobby it makes me sick.

    Again he tries to play to the Geordies using our soft spot.

    He is nothing like nor will ever be like sir bobby and if he does aspire to be like him then he hasn’t shown any similarities or attempts at change.

    Empty words from a souless manager.

    Bobby was a man with empathy, humility, talent and truth.

    Everything Pardew is not.

  • 23 Markaccus // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:25 AM


    Yeah it comes to something when an opposition player has to stop two of your own from a mincy-slappy fight.

  • 24 sa80teur // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    We are still seriously lacking some creation in the midfield. I am glad we’ve injected some pace up front, but, for me Cabaye needs more freedom and should be much further up the pitch. Sissoko and Tiote/Anita sitting behind him may give him that. He is more important than HBA, whom I consider to be almost too much of a luxury.

  • 25 veto // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Bobby meant so much to me , such a kind man and im sure i am not the only person he helped fall in love with the game at a young age .
    from his ipswich days he always had time for any football fan and fellow geordie .

    i will always give alan padrew credit for constantly holding bobby in the highest regard and attempting to learn from what the gentleman did with his time with us .

  • 26 veto // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    @beattie25 , you obviously didnt learn anything from bobby then , he would have loved padrew .

  • 27 Markaccus // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:27 AM


    On the other hand, wanting to aspire to be like him is not a bad thing, even if he is not capable of it. To be fair not many are, or ever will be good enough to be like him.

  • 28 sa80teur // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Markaccus – I know, right?! It wasn’t even going to be a decent fight. Dyer would have been worrying about his diamond earring, Bowyer about breaking the conditions of his parole.. :-) now, Shearer and Keane, on the other hand..

  • 29 nut meg // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Lesh @ 12
    It’s a nice idea,can’t remember his choice of music was but he did desert island discs,pretty sure somebody put the link on here a short while ago.

  • 30 Beattie25 // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:30 AM


    That is an outrageous claim that is entirely incorrect.

    Bobby wouldn’t have hated him because he was a special human being but he wouldn’t have liked/respected him given all the tired excuses, poor lies and terrible management he has brought upon the club.

    Bobby was an honest man, Pardew is not.

  • 31 Beardosfacedouble // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    As a lad of 7, climbing the steps at the Gallowgate end (long before any of the ground redevelopments – we didn’t even have an electronic scoreboard) for my first game, filled with a mixture of trepidation, excitement and wonder, I can completely identify with SBR’s wise words. Makes hairs on back of neck stand up just reading them

  • 32 Ben3arfa // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Oops sorry was supposed to write “RIP Sir bobby” at the end .

  • 33 sa80teur // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Cestriasteve – 100% agreed, mate. The thought of Sir Bobby organising those boys, then winding them up and watching them go. Oooh mama!

  • 34 Beattie25 // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:34 AM


    My point is when in the last 3 years has Pardew done anything that made you think “he seems to be trying to be like Bobby”.

    Not once has he ever done it.

    He is cow tailing to the public again using Sir Bobby as a way into your minds and hearts. He cares not, knows not and does not.

  • 35 mecannylad // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    I had reason to go to the FA HQ in Lancaster Gate on non football business. As I was waiting in reception Bobby passed by and heard my Geordie accent. He immediately stopped, introduced himself … and invited me into his office for a cup of tea and a chat. What a man.

  • 36 nut meg // Aug 9, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Beardosfacedouble @31

  • 37 veto // Aug 9, 2013 at 10:44 AM


    yeah i dont see that , i see a manager who in difficult circumstances took us into the top 5 .
    had a poor season and then had a vocal minority questioning every he did and calling for his head .

    and then there is padrew ……

    unfortunately ive grown to realise that as much as whatever boardroom antics are going on at the toon , there is a section of supporters who are easy led and spurned on by whatever the press cough’s up, and without any real credibility, other than the next armchair pundit, begin to shout as loud as they can and become a detriment to the club .

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