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Remembering Sir Bobby Robson

10:01 am, Friday, July 31st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 131 Comments

It’s six years today that we lost our former manager Sir Bobby Robson to cancer, only days after a match between an England eleven and a German eleven to commemorate the semifinal of the World Cup in 1990, when we went out on penalties to Germany after extra time ended 1-1.

Sir Bobby Robson was 76 when he died.

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Sir Bobby Robson – Newcastle United manager

Bobby Robson was one of the best managers England ever produced, and he had a sparkling club career managing Ipswich Town, PSV (twice), Sporting Lisbon, Porto, Barcelona, and finally his home town club Newcastle United.

He was also an England International in his playing days, and played primarily for Fulham and West Brom as a midfielder and he also played 20 times for England with 4 goals.

While at Newcastle he saved us in his first year in charge (1999-2000) from relegation, but then had an injury-hit second season when Alan Shearer was out for most of that season.

In his last three seasons as the Newcastle manager, he had us in 4th, 3rd and 5th place in the Premier League.

But after a so-so start to the 2004-2005 campaign he was sacked by Chairman Freddy Shepherd because we did not have Champions league football.

When you think what has happened at Newcastle since Bobby left, that’s really ironic.

His record at Newcastle was managed 255 games, won 119, drew 64 and lost 72 for a win ratio of 46.7%.

As England manager he was heavily criticized by the English press (what’s new?) but made the quarter finals in the 1986 World Cup until the hand of God beat us with that dodgy goal from Diego Maradona.

And then four years later we reached the semi-final against West Germany for only the second time ever, after Sir Alf Ramsey had won it back in 1966 – when we hammered Germany 4-2 after extra time – a game I watched with my dad on TV.

Sir Bobby Robson continues to be  respected around the world as being a gentleman of the game, and he is fondly remembered at Newcastle as one of our own.

Some of his quotes are classic, with one of them after our 8-0 defeat of Sheffield Wednesday in his home debut as Newcastle manager he said this.

“Well, we got nine and you can’t score more than that.”

And after Alan Shearer had been injured and returned the following season – Bobby had this to say about the Newcastle striker:

“Alan Shearer has done very well for us, considering his age. We have introduced some movement into his game because he has got two good legs now. Last season he played with one leg.”

And when Brazil were dominant in the world game:

¨One day, someone will end a football game scoring more than Brazil. This might be the time  they lose.”

We remember the man all the time, and he continues to be an inspiration to many football fans throughout the world.

We remember Sir Bobby Robson today.



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131 responses so far ↓

  • 1 mickalfas // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Rip,Sir Bobby
    Legend
    THE true geordie

  • 2 Big Steve // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Legend. Enough said.

  • 3 SuperShearer // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    RIP Sir Bobby – you were, and always will be, the epitome of what a football club and manager should always aspire to. Thanks for all the memories.

  • 4 why oh why // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    RIP sir Bobby
    You are and will always be a legend
    St James park misses you
    He will always be with us at our home

  • 5 corkypants // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    RIP Bobby a true gentleman

  • 6 Slank // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    In remembrance of a great man, some of his quotes:

    “When Gazza was dribbling, he used to go through a minefield with his arm, a bit like you go through a supermarket.”

    “Manchester United dropped points, Liverpool dropped points, Chelsea dropped points, Everton dropped points, so in a way we haven’t lost anything at all really, although we dropped all three.”

    “I’m not going to look beyond the semi-final – but I would love to lead Newcastle out at the final.”

    “He never fails to hit the target. But that was a miss.”

    “Eighteen months ago Sweden were arguably one of the best three teams in Europe, and that would include Germany, Holland, Russia and anybody else if you like.”

    “We can’t replace Gary Speed. Where do you get an experienced player like him with a left foot and a head?”

    “Gary Speed has never played better, never looked fitter, never been older.”

    “Alan Shearer has done very well for us, considering his age. We have introduced some movement into his game because he has got two good legs now. Last season he played with one leg.”

    “People want success. It’s like coffee, they want instant.”
    “Well, we got nine and you can’t score more than that.”

    “Some of the goals were good, some of the goals were sceptical.”

    “He’s the only man I know who could start an argument with himself” (On Craig Bellamy)

    “One day, someone will end a football game scoring more than Brazil. This might be the time that they lose.”

    “Denis Law once kicked me at Wembley in front of the Queen in an international. I mean, no man is entitled to do that, really.”

    “Home advantage gives you an advantage.”

    “Look at those olive trees! They’re 200 years old – from before the time of Christ.”

    “In the first half he took a corner, a poor corner, which hit the first defender, and it took him 17 minutes to get back to the halfway line.” (on former Newcastle winger Laurent Robert)

    “With Maradona, even Arsenal would have won the World Cup.” (in 1986)

    “They’re two points behind us, so we’re neck and neck.”

    “We didn’t underestimate them. They were a lot better than we thought.” THIS IS MY FAVOURITE

    “Hitler didn’t tell us when he was going to send over those doodlebugs, did he?” (On why he refused to name his England team before a World Cup qualifer against Sweden in 1989).

    “I do want to play the short ball and I do want to play the long ball. I think long and short balls is what football is all about.”

    “What can I say about Peter Shilton? Peter Shilton is Peter Shilton, and he has been Peter Shilton since the year dot.”

    On convincing players to sign for Newcastle
    “If we invite any player up to the Quayside to see the girls and then up to our magnificent stadium, we will be able to persuade any player to sign.”
    CHARNLEY PLEASE NOTE

  • 7 nut meg // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    R.I.P. Sir Bob.

  • 8 mickalfas // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Slank
    Thanks for that,great memories !

  • 9 martoon // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    RIP Sir Bobby.
    However I don’t forget how some of the fans, on forums similar to this one, were starting to turn against him which contributed to his sacking!

  • 10 sweendog // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Bobby the legend, always remember when he took over the Toon I was over the moon. Didn’t let us down.

  • 11 Jack // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    R.I.P you absolute legend.

  • 12 Jib // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    some games shifted for TV

  • 13 nufconceandfuturekings // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    The greatest.
    Thank you for everything, beloved Sir Bobby.

  • 14 lochinvar // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Various comments about SBR and passion.
    The passion exists within the fans and the City – but needs to be released from recent constraints and frustrations ( Ashley, Pardew, Carver etc )
    One of the challenges is that the modern game is “packaged” and “franchised” based on the American model of attending sporting events and for the benefit of Sky and as Disney style family themes creep into the arena of sport.
    It’s evolved to become somewhat sterile as mascots, half time ” Its a knockout” type games and restrictions on “singing areas” ( the fact that we talk of designated “areas” for singing says much as to how everything is packaged ) become the norm. God forbid that chanting fans would interrupt the Corporate fans being able to talk about the weather.
    Maybe we need to crank up the volume and turn SJP back into the fortress of old.
    More night time games under floodlights would be good.
    Stand up (except the stewards will tell you to sit down ) and be counted.
    “Free the Newcastle 52,000? should be the motto.
    SBR would understand.

  • 15 snowdone // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Some years ago I was at the Keepmoat to watch the lads play Doncaster in a friendly pre-season game. The tannoy announced the presence of Sir Bobby and his wife. As one the stadium stood and gave the most heartwarming ovation to the great man. Tears in my eyes as I write this.
    Now he was and is a legend!

  • 16 Slank // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    martoon @ 9

    Shows how fickle, shallow and bloody ungrateful some ‘Newcastle Fans’ were and still are. They would probably have booed Pele.

  • 17 Spotlight Kid // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Sir Bobby Robson, internationally respected giant of European football management – sacked 11 years ago by NUFC (internationally derided giant of being being permanently unsuccessful) and replaced by Souness.

    The club treated Bobby abominably, but still pretends it didn’t (and to this day trades on his image and reputation). He should have been made lifetime director of football when HE decided to step down, not when Fat FS thought he knew best. A sickening and shameful episode.

  • 18 toonfan76 // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    R.I.P Sir Bobby Robson. One of my favourite things when Sir Bobby was here was an interview with Shola, he was asked if the Gaffer had a nickname for him at the training ground and he came out with, “Aye, Carl Cort.” Classic. Sorely missed.

  • 19 nut meg // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Slank @ 6
    My favorite was when he was asked by a journalist if he wasn’t a footballer what would he have liked to have been. His reply was that he would have given his right arm to have been a concert pianist. love it

  • 20 Slank // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Spotlight Kid @ 17

    Totally agree. Disgusting treatment of a great man by the previous Geordie owners.

  • 21 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Three Newcastle United games, including the Wear-Tyne derby, have been moved for live TV broadcast.

    The kick-off of Newcastle’s game against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on October 25 was been brought forward to noon so it can be shown by Sky Sports.

    And the home game against Norwich City will be played on Ocotber 18 with a 4pm kick-off, also for broadcast by Sky.

    And United’s away game against Bournemouth on November 7 will kick off at 12.45pm so it can be screened by BT Sport.

  • 22 Slank // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    nut meg @ 19

    I would have loved to have been a ‘fly on the wall’ during any conversation, if it ever happened, between Sir Bobby and Tommy Cooper.

  • 23 why oh why // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Ivan toney
    Quality young lad
    Will be a top player

  • 24 Macas // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    martoon – So fans aren’t allowed to criticize a manager because he’s a nice guy?

  • 25 davetoon // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Hero

  • 26 Average_Contents // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    RIP Sir Bobby.

    Gone but never forgotten.

    Legend in the true sense of the word.

  • 27 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Austin to be bid for next

    http://whatculture.com/sport/newcastle-turn-attention-to-new-target-with-ivan-toney-signing-close.php

  • 28 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    RIP Sir Bobby Robson
    Best Newcastle manager of my time

  • 29 Graeme // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    An absolute gentlemann, in every sense of the word.

  • 30 davetoon // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    My fave line of SBRs was the one where he was talking about the team on paper vs performance and he said the team doesn’t play on paper, it plays on grass! 🙂

  • 31 hibbit // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    the one and only SIR BOBBY ROBSON absolute gent

  • 32 lochinvar // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    I wrote this at the time of his passing.
    To the tune of Bobby Shafto.

    ” Bobby Robson Legend he,
    Son of Durham, Wor Geordie,
    Football man, of dignity
    Bonny Bobby Robson”

    Over to the fans to sing at the start of the first home game ?

  • 33 Slank // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    What I find interesting is the many similarities between Sir Bobby and Steve McClaren.

    Both were England managers and both hounded out of the job by the media.

    Both brought success to two small clubs Ipswich and Boro.

    Both achieved success in Europe as Englishmen something that rarely happens.

    Both declined to break their contracts with their current teams when approached by Newcastle.

    Hopefully McClaren can bring some of Bobby’s dignity and passion to the club. A few quotes wouldn’t go amiss too.

  • 34 JamesToon // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    RIP Sir Bobby Robson, a gentlemen and a legend

  • 35 stripes1009 // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Great tribute Slank

  • 36 Laurent Robert 32 // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Brilliant man, and true legend of football. Thank you, Bobby.

  • 37 loonie-toon // Jul 31, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Rip sir bobby great loss to everyone

  • 38 check the toastie // Jul 31, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    I feel Mcclaren has conducted himself superbly since being appointed, a total breath of fresh air. This club and fans have been through dark days over the last 8 years and can just about see light at the end of the tunnel with Stevey Mac and Cathro.

    Everyone needs to get behind the team 100% this season irrelevent of results.

  • 39 Jib // Jul 31, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Good Tribute this

  • 40 hibbit // Jul 31, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    check the only problem with that is we are a football club and we are judged on results

  • 41 will die for the toon army // Jul 31, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    The Greatest Manager A Gent. I miss you. RIP Sir Bobby Robson.

  • 42 the ledge // Jul 31, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    Rip Bob true legend.

  • 43 Spellcheck // Jul 31, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Great man. Legend. Loved seeing Sir Bobby in the dugout. Always be missed.

  • 44 Spellcheck // Jul 31, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Nice one slank.

  • 45 martoon // Jul 31, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    I agree check @38 – Don’t forget we have quite a tough start to the season so we might not get off to the best of starts but we have to give the team & McClaren a chance

  • 46 Yorkshire Magpie // Jul 31, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    A true gent of the game R.I.P Sir Bobby

  • 47 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 31, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    Bobby’s Ipswich sides were one of the teams I really enjoyed watching watch back in the day. An unfashionable club without a lot of money behind them but they took it up to everyone and anyone. Individually they were not a collection of superstars but Bobby worked his magic and they played terrific football – a team which actually did “punch above its weight”. I hated watching us get turned over by Leeds and Liverpool but it didn`t seem quite so bad losing to Ipswich. Thanks for the memories Sir Bobby.

  • 48 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 31, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    That was meant to be “way” back in the day.

  • 49 Jail for Ashley // Jul 31, 2015 at 11:57 AM

    Miner, Electrician, great footballer and manager. A gentleman and legend of the game.
    RIP
    Sir Bobby.

  • 50 check the toastie // Jul 31, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    Hibbit – Mcclaren must be given a chance, irrespective of whether he gets off to a bad start, Patience and Support is needed for the first few months, we have some tough games and getting points will be hard. We have no god given right to be beating some decent teams already well versed in how the coach wants them to play.

    We are playing catch up and if anyone has forgot we nearly went down last year.

  • 51 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 31, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    My lord some people are ploughing money on Charlie Austin coming to us, odds fone from 2/7 to 1/5

  • 52 magpie6699 // Jul 31, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    Love Sir Bobby. My favourite SBR quote was actually from Shola just after he got into the team. Some journalists weren’t sure how to pronounce “Ameobi” so they asked Shola, and then they asked him what Sir Bobby called him. “Carl Cort” came the quick reply!

  • 53 Jib // Jul 31, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    I’m surprised the betting is still open

  • 54 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 31, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    You think it’s a done deal Jib?

  • 55 tomellifred360 // Jul 31, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    Loved these Sir Bobby quotes on Gary Speed.

    “We can’t replace Gary Speed. Where do you get an experienced player like him with a left foot and a head?”

    “Gary Speed has never played better, never looked fitter, never been older.”

    RIP. Both great men.

  • 56 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 31, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    A great manager, and a great man to boot. Met him a few times, last one was in the North Terrace pub, he popped in for a bit of shelter from the rain after collecting an award from the Uni and bought a round for the 8 or 9 people in the bar at the time.

    RIP Sir Bob – Gone, but never forgotten.

  • 57 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 31, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    Our two best managers during the Premier League era both provided some unforgettable quotes before during and after their tenures here.

    “We didn’t underestimate them, they were better then we thought” SBR

    “They’re the second best team in the world and there’s no higher praise than that.” KK

  • 58 Jib // Jul 31, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    Frenchie
    When somebody puts a big wedge on for a return of just 26% , they know something.

  • 59 Jib // Jul 31, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t Charlies dad Fred , he likes a bet (goes to the greyhounds with Harry Redknapp)

  • 60 Lindisfarne // Jul 31, 2015 at 12:23 PM

    Not a case of not knowing what you’ve got until its missing. SBR the greatest of gentlemen and not at all a bad manager, especially when in comparison with what we have had since. I was not writing on blogs at the time, but I do remember feeling that he was perhaps to old to continue and that he was not very well supported by his coaching staff. Greatly confirmed by recent events.

  • 61 Jack // Jul 31, 2015 at 12:30 PM

    I’m really looking forward to the game tomorrow, we can finally get a better idea of where we are in terms of fitness and quality against a team of a similar level.

    Shame Mbemba can’t feature in any way, is it being broadcasted?

  • 62 check the toastie // Jul 31, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    It s real shame that tomorrow is the final warm up match and guess what, Williamson will be starting, unbelievable really.

  • 63 Jamseyd24 // Jul 31, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    Charlie Austin odds drop again, how many times have we heard that this summer??

    Who really believes we will sign him?
    Who really wants him?

    Personally I would love to see him in Black&White

  • 64 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 31, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    Jamsey
    I have said all along Austin will sign for us and I would love him in the black and white stripes

  • 65 JamesToon // Jul 31, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    for the millionth time rumours going around again saying austin has agreed personal terms

  • 66 JamesToon // Jul 31, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    this is getting boring now but would be buzzing if we sign him

  • 67 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 31, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    Montpellier manager attacks Rémy Cabella

    Speaking to RMC, Montpellier manager Rolland Courbis had a dig at Frenchman Rémy Cabella’s current situation at Newcastle.

    He had the following to say:

    “With some irony, I said that I was not mad about Newcastle (as a choice of destination). I sincerely hope with all my heart, because God knows I love this little boy, that he has a huge contract financially. From being with Montpellier and being in the 23 players that represent the France team, to going to playing only a part of the games, while scoring one goal when you scored 15 or so with Montpellier (a season), I really hope he has some financial compensation. If in the morning, he wakes up, and he is happy to go to train at Newcastle, he will have to question himself.”

  • 68 beermonkey // Jul 31, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    tfl

    that seems a little harsh and bitter from the Montpelier bloke

    how are you

  • 69 the broons // Jul 31, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    First fell in love with this football club when you were manager. Thank you for the great memories.

  • 70 Liverpool Mag // Jul 31, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    A friend of mine once met Sir Bobby when he was about 15/16 but being both from a Mackem family and not interested in football at all he didn’t know who the great man was. They were both at a party and everyone stood up when SBR walked in except for my friend, who went up to him later and explained that he had no idea who he was. And being the gent that SBR was he took it excellently and told my friend that he found it refreshing to find someone that didn’t know him as the great Sir Bobby Robson and just viewed him as a man, a person.

    I love this story, because it’s really the only one I’ve heard that casts SBR as a person, whereas most people (understandably) view him as a larger than life figure and a legend.

  • 71 davetoon // Jul 31, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    English and French leagues are completely different and premier league requires a lot more stamina and consistency. Hopefully Cabs has learnt a lot and trains hard so he will have a big impqct once he’s back playing.
    and yes Im sure hes on at least twice the money so no issue there

  • 72 Liverpool Mag // Jul 31, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    Sorry, I haven’t been quite honest. Natural defence mechanism. I should further clarify, in the interests of honesty that the friend in my story is my partner.

  • 73 Derek // Jul 31, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    TFL,

    hahaha so let me get this straight.. according to the Montpellier manager, because Remy hasn’t performed as well as he did with his previous club and only scored one goal in a much more challenging and physical league which he has struggled to adapt in, he should be getting a huge increase in his salary?!

  • 74 Tsunki // Jul 31, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    Are we going g to rewrite history to paint ‘some fans’ as being responsible for SBR being sacked? I seem to remember it being more like a few murmurings of dressing room loss and complaints made up by the media, fuelling what was regarded as the time as a shock dismissal if the man by FFS who later said he regretted doing it. If the power of today’s fans is being dismissed as being paltry, then back then it would have expected been negligible. It was panic from the board brought on by media – fuelled gossip.

  • 75 LGFUAD21 // Jul 31, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    Great man. Great character. Great quotes. Great manager. Despite all his achievements he always got what football was really about.

    On the Moussa rumours.

    I do actually think selling him for £17m is a good deal…SO LONG as that means we can bring in 2 more “purple” signings and a 3rd just below that.

    -I think our midfield is unbalanced and overloaded.
    -Moussa is not a team player.
    -He’s not even that good a player. He just stood out amongst the rubbish we saw last season.
    -Poor first touch
    -Doesnt score enough
    -Positionally undiscplined
    -Goes missing.

    Gini looks set to be the player we expected Moussa to become when we signed him. He scored and got assists last season. He has a better understanding of the game.

    If i had free reign I’d sell Moussa and use the money to balance the squad. He looks set to play on the wings and he isnt a specialist winger. We could use the money to get a proper winger in, while freeing up room in the midfield for De Jong to play behind the striker and bolster the team with a proper CDM and a new CB.

    Then the team could start to look exciting

  • 76 Tsunki // Jul 31, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    That Court is is a deranged simpleton and a rank loon to boot! What’s he trying to say? Remy, you looked better in a crap team I guess.

  • 77 Terry // Jul 31, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    Can’t understand why some doubt Austin.Probably along with many of you I watch him very closely last season and I think he’s a brilliant instinctual player and when we were linked with him I had or have no hesitation whatsoever about him coming here.If he does I will bet he scores more than mitrovic

  • 78 Tsunki // Jul 31, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    Court = Courbis of course. My phone doesn’t know who hell he.

  • 79 Malackay // Jul 31, 2015 at 1:26 PM

    ToonFromLeeds, Jib,

    I wouldn’t give much weight to odds changes. Especially when a move from 2/7 to 1/5 implies the deal is only c.5% more likely to happen. It wouldn’t take 2 or 3 bets of more than £10 in oder for the bookies to make that move. They certainly wouldn’t lay “Big wedges” in these markets.

    I’m not saying he won’t be signing, I’m saying take the line changes with a pinch of salt.

  • 80 dok - the horrid colonial // Jul 31, 2015 at 1:32 PM

    RIP Sir Bobby, proud to share my birthday with such a legend

  • 81 Klam3r // Jul 31, 2015 at 1:32 PM

    LGFUAD21

    Good post! I totally agree with you.

  • 82 bernielamb // Jul 31, 2015 at 1:33 PM

    Sir Bobby. Sadly one of the greatest ‘what ifs’ of all time. IF he had taken the decision to come to us when first asked and inherited Keegan’s squad, we would probably have won everything in sight.

  • 83 Mr Funk // Jul 31, 2015 at 1:34 PM

    Here is a potential “off the radar” centre back – John Anthony Brooks – plays for Hetha Berlin, contract ends in 2017, 6’3”, quite quick, could be available for a good price and also plays for the USA.

  • 84 SuperShearer // Jul 31, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    What Courbis was trying to say was “Cabella looked really good in a poor league, now he’s in the best league in the world he looks a little slow and daunted”. It’s a BIG step up from France to the EPL.

  • 85 hibbit // Jul 31, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    check total agree but you and i both know its going to be a up hill task if this back 4 are not sorted out

  • 86 cobras // Jul 31, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    Don’t know if anyone has already mentioned it but the new Newcastle goalkeeping coach will be Simon Smith who worked along side Bobby Robson when he was Newcastle manager and has already worked with Krul. Will be confirmed soon. RIP to the great Bobby Robson.

  • 87 corkypants // Jul 31, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    13 october 2001 i got to shake hands and got the great man to sign my shirt, i live in preston and for an early birthday present my dad got me tickets for bolton away great day we won 4 nil solano, robert, shearer and bellamy, think there keeper got a red after the game me and my old man waited for 2 hours outside the stadium to try get some autographs afternthe long wait the players and sir bobby finaly appear so he signs my shirt takes and posses for a photo, ask me if i had enjoyed the game and i said to him it was great apart from sitting the home crowd he burst out laughing, truly a day never to forget!!!!!

  • 88 Derek // Jul 31, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    LGFUAD,

    To add to that Sissoko has shown he would hapily jump from the Newcastle ship if a better option came along. I see this lack of passion and commitment also on the field, he makes the runs, dribbles into space, and then just gives up with poor disposal or loses the ball.

    Would much rather see him off only if the money is spent on someone who wants to be there. Ideally I would prefer 15-17 m spend solely on a really solid CB, with any left over going toward an additional expendature for a good RW who has good crossing ability

  • 89 Ron Knee // Jul 31, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    Some great photos of SBR here:
    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/sir-bobby-robson-remembering-ex-9763837

  • 90 LGFUAD21 // Jul 31, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    I still have faith in Cabella.

    I think a lot is made about the physicality and pace of the game which I’m not denying bit for me he has 2 things he needs to sort first.

    1 his falling over. This isn’t a physical limitation it’s a cultural one. You see it in France all the time (in fact normally it’s the Italian league that bears the brunt but the French league is the main cabdidate for “if you feel anything touch you. Drop to the floor). If he can adjust to mentally not feel the need to drop and complain he’ll be fine physically.

    2 keep it simple. Cabella for me too often over complicates situations. Sometimes if he took the simple route and made better decisions on when to play the ball and when to take on a man he could’ve created more chances.

    Lastly lets not forget that in his initial run in the team despite underwhelming he was actually creating a lot until Pardew cut him down.

    He needs a little guidance and a little patience and lastly some protection from the team behind him and he’ll start showing his real ability

  • 91 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 31, 2015 at 1:53 PM

    I’m ok ty beermonkey

    I think Courbis is being like an ex lover

  • 92 corkypants // Jul 31, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    also if anyone could find me highlights of this game i would be forever grateful as the memories would be awesome I have tried youtube but cant find it anywhere bolton vs newcastle 2001-2002 season

  • 93 DaraghL // Jul 31, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    Slank,

    Thank you very much for providing the quotes, put a huge smile on my face.

    What a man, a gentleman and a legend. Goes to show how he could lose 10 in a row and I would have more respect for him than if Pardew one 5.

    Loved by all in the game. My colleague is a PSV fan and also has nothing but fond memories of him. Still believe a cracking idea for a charity trophy for SBR’s charity would be:

    – Newcastle
    – Ipswich
    – Barcelona
    – PSV

    Really think it would be terrific for all concerned and good quality opponents for a pre-season.

    R.I.P. Bobby I owe you a pint

  • 94 Moonraker15 // Jul 31, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    RIP Bobby True Legend ?

  • 95 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 31, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    RIP, Sir Bobby.

    Incidently, after the slightly heated cricket argument that happened here not so long ago, i would like to point out that SBR Loved watching a Test Match. Hope England don’t mess it up today. SBR will be spinning at a pretty high rate in his grave if they do!

  • 96 jimmysmith // Jul 31, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    Put Collocini and Tubbs together in the heart of the Arsenal back four, and I doubt there for and against would be very different. We aren’t overly strong at the back, but the shipping of goals comes about because we’ve lacked attacking outlets and too often lost the battle in central midfield, and also the whole side downed tools the last two seasons after New Year with nothing to play for, and last year essentially rudderless and hopeless under Carver. The two at the back get it in the neck, but there is a collective responsibility.

    This kid Mbemba has brought in pace and abilit, and along with Lascelles, depth, but what should help us even more is having Mitrovic as a target and Wijnaldum box to box, with either Colback or Tiote holding, De Jong in the hole, and two of Sissoko, Aarons, Cabella or Perez making runs wide, that will take the pressure off our beleaguered and overly maligned central defence.

  • 97 hibbit // Jul 31, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    you couldn’t……one sbr close friends was england cricketer colin milburn from burnopefield

  • 98 hibbit // Jul 31, 2015 at 2:14 PM

    jimmy i take it you don’t watch the games overly maligned cb are you for real

  • 99 Jib // Jul 31, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    http://www.nufc.com/html/2001-10-13bolton-a.htmlCorkypants I assume you have read this

  • 100 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 31, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    Hibbit

    Really? Didn’t know that. Probably explains why he was so in to the game.

  • 101 croftus5678 // Jul 31, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    well..tbf our cb’s are erm……rubbish !

    mbemba is the exception ofc but i’m normally realistic and tbf our best cb was colo who won half his headers half his tackles ect ect ect.

    if anyone of our cb’s should stay its colo however he still isnt a good enough cb imo.

    even lescalles who has a lot of potential is def a long way off.

    good needs to go as injury prone and is not improving same with saylor and williamson speaks for himself.

    and dummett..he aint as great at cb as some make out tbh but in this current team he’s def up there with lescalles

    so…imo

    mbemba (keep but untested as of yet)
    colo (not good enough but our best tested cb)
    dummett (again not good enough or really tested but is young)
    lescalles (again young and hopefully will improve but not for now)

    and thats it all else must go as even janmaat can outperform all below mbemba.

  • 102 Jib // Jul 31, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    FAO Corkypants

  • 103 croftus5678 // Jul 31, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    squad numbers released guys and girls.

    https://www.facebook.com/newcastleunited/photos/a.317068591636727.84767.124119160931672/1055827281094184/?type=1&theater

  • 104 richyg01 // Jul 31, 2015 at 2:39 PM

    Newcastle United 2015/16 Squad Numbers
    1. Tim Krul
    2. Fabricio Coloccini
    3. Paul Dummett
    4. Jack Colback
    5. Georginio Wijnaldum
    6. Mike Williamson
    7. Moussa Sissoko
    8. Vurnon Anita
    9. Papiss Cisse
    10. Siem de Jong
    11. Yoan Gouffran
    14. Gabriel Obertan
    15. Jamaal Lascelles
    16. Rolando Aarons
    17. Ayoze Perez
    18. Chancel Mbemba
    19. Massadio Haidara
    20. Remy Cabella
    21. Rob Elliot
    22. Daryl Janmaat
    23. Haris Vuckic
    24. Cheick Tiote
    26. Karl Darlow
    27. Steven Taylor
    29. Emmanuel Riviere
    30. Mehdi Abeid
    31. Sylvain Marveaux
    32. Adam Armstrong
    33. Curtis Good
    34. Shane Ferguson
    35. Gael Bigirimana
    37. Lubomir Satka
    40. Olivier Kemen
    41. Freddie Woodman
    45. Aleksandar Mitrovic

  • 105 Liverpool Mag // Jul 31, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    When was the last time we had a 45 shirt?

  • 106 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 31, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    I had a feeling Colback would get the 4 shirt

  • 107 richyg01 // Jul 31, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    Newcastle United 2015/16 Squad Numbers

    1. Tim Krul
    2. Fabricio Coloccini
    3. Paul Dummett
    4. Jack Colback
    5. Georginio Wijnaldum
    6. Mike Williamson
    7. Moussa Sissoko
    8. Vurnon Anita
    9. Papiss Cisse
    10. Siem de Jong
    11. Yoan Gouffran
    14. Gabriel Obertan
    15. Jamaal Lascelles
    16. Rolando Aarons
    17. Ayoze Perez
    18. Chancel Mbemba
    19. Massadio Haidara
    20. Remy Cabella
    21. Rob Elliot
    22. Daryl Janmaat
    23. Haris Vuckic
    24. Cheick Tiote
    26. Karl Darlow
    27. Steven Taylor
    29. Emmanuel Riviere
    30. Mehdi Abeid
    31. Sylvain Marveaux
    32. Adam Armstrong
    33. Curtis Good
    34. Shane Ferguson
    35. Gael Bigirimana
    37. Lubomir Satka
    40. Olivier Kemen
    41. Freddie Woodman
    45. Aleksandar Mitrovic

    New Allocation
    New Signing

  • 108 Kc-Toon // Jul 31, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    @liverpool
    One of bobbys old team, Hugo Vianna

  • 109 Liverpool Mag // Jul 31, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Surprised at Dummet getting No. 3, perhaps a sign showing him being viewed to being played at centre abck? Although I think we may still be fragile if our CBs were Dummet and Mbemba

  • 110 Liverpool Mag // Jul 31, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    KC

    Cheers, mate. Quite fitting that it’s announced today, then.

  • 111 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 31, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    Would have thought Mbemba would get 5 as it is a CB number. 12 and 13 still available. Gini could have been given 18 since it was Jonas’ old number.

  • 112 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 31, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    As for Mitty, well 4+5=9 so maybe thats the thinking there 😀

  • 113 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 31, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    YCMIU
    45 is Mitty’s fav number wore it at Anderlecht and Partisan, he wears it because of Balotelli being his fav player

  • 114 WWSBRD // Jul 31, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    TFL
    Thought it was because he has a brimful of asha?

  • 115 will die for the toon army // Jul 31, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    No no. 9 jersey for Austin

  • 116 usmagpie // Jul 31, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    World Class in life as in football, deserved better from the board. But he always knew the fans loved him more than anything else. R.I.P Sir Bobby.

  • 117 WWSBRD // Jul 31, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    will die
    Him and Cisse going to share?

  • 118 LewSpi v2.0 // Jul 31, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Rest in Peace Bobby.

  • 119 will die for the toon army // Jul 31, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    The week is done no Austin. Now Metro were u blabbering abt. Odds r decreasing but that means nothing.

  • 120 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 31, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Hahahaha WWSBRD

    WDFTTA
    Austin will wear 12 unless Cisse is sold

  • 121 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 31, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    SBR goalkeeping coach Simon Smith to replace Andy woodman

  • 122 WWSBRD // Jul 31, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    TFL
    Haha I got it from twitter so cant take full responsibility but it did make me smile, good song as well

  • 123 pawl250 // Jul 31, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    GK
    1. Tim Krul
    21. Rob Elliot
    26. Karl Darlow

    DF
    2. Fabricio Coloccini
    3. Paul Dummett
    6. Mike Williamson
    15. Jamaal Lascelles
    18. Chancel Mbemba
    19. Massadio Haidara
    22. Daryl Janmaat
    27. Steven Taylor
    33. Curtis Good
    37. Lubomir Satka
    34. Shane Ferguson

    MD
    4. Jack Colback
    5. Georginio Wijnaldum
    7. Moussa Sissoko
    8. Vurnon Anita
    10. Siem de Jong
    11. Yoan Gouffran
    14. Gabriel Obertan
    16. Rolando Aarons
    20. Remy Cabella
    23. Haris Vuckic
    24. Cheick Tiote
    30. Mehdi Abeid
    31. Sylvain Marveaux
    35. Gael Bigirimana
    40. Olivier Kemen

    ST
    9. Papiss Cisse
    17. Ayoze Perez
    29. Emmanuel Riviere
    45. Aleksandar Mitrovic

    Our team next year.

    As I said before to make this a solid window for us……

    Cisse (7m) out
    Williamson (1m) out
    Austin (14m) in
    for Van Dijk (7m) in
    Young rb in (2m) in

    Further Net Spend (less signing fees etc.) = Approx. 15m

  • 124 Jib // Jul 31, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Mehdi Abeid could be away

  • 125 will die for the toon army // Jul 31, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Simon smith. Not convinced.

  • 126 Our Toon // Jul 31, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Pawl

    Why would you sell cisse to bring in Austin which will cost an additional 7m plus more wages for him to warm the bench?

  • 127 WWSBRD // Jul 31, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Our Toon
    If we sign Austin am pretty sure he will spend more time on the pitch than on the bench

  • 128 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 31, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    R.I.P Sir Bobby .

    Still don’t know why so many on here want Cisse gone like .

    Yes he seems like a bit of a knob in his personal life and isn’t the greatest all round footballer NUFC have ever had, but his goals have kept us in the PL for the last two seasons and he had a better goal per minutes ratio than Sergio Aguero at one stage last campaign .

    Here is all his goals for NUFC that was posted on twitter:

    http://t.co/iDOtQsxG9Z

    Some crackers in there like .

  • 129 toon kk // Jul 31, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    What’s the big hype with so many people wanting Austin?
    For the money surely there’s better options out there. Personally id like to see someone like Long, someone with pace in our static bunch.

  • 130 Average_Contents // Jul 31, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Thank god for that. The last remnants of a bygone era has left the building.

    Now just the slug left.

    http://mobile.newsnow.co.uk/A/785475473?-11058:809

  • 131 Boot Boy // Jul 31, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    I loved the bones of this guy. Only met him a couple times, once as manager of the toon and again much later in his life.
    I was in awe of him and bearly spoke a word each time, but his sheer energy and glow each time took my breath away.
    The stand out memory for me will be at a
    anti-rascism event when kieron dyer was
    playing billy big bo!!ocks, being rude and
    ignorant and wasnt happy being there. This
    really embarassed Bobby and he looked so
    gutted when he clocked dyer just ignoring a
    speech with his feet up, playing on his phone.
    Bobby went over to dyer had a couple words
    and dyer $hit his pants 🙂 he looked like a little
    school boy all lost about to cry.
    The best bit was everybodys smug smiles whenthey seen the one minute wanna be gangster too good for anybody turn into the little spoilt boy he really was.
    For that alone bobby i salute you! R.I.P
    After that i had total respect for bobby as he was being played as that nice old bumbling fool who was losing the plot. He showed how keen he was that night




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