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.
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.