It was another good result for Newcastle yesterday in the 3-0 win over Ipswich Town, the club that Sir Bobby Robson managed for 13 years from 1969 until he took the England manager job in 1982.
And the two sets of fans are united in their love for their former manager and it showed through yesterday as both sets of fans chanted for their former boss in the second half of this game.
In 709 games Bobby managed Ipswich he had 316 wins and only 220 defeats for a win percentage of 44.6 and he managed Newcastle from 1999-2004 for 255 games with 119 wins and only 72 defeats for a win percentage of 46.7.
Ipswich manager Bobby Robson with UEFA Cup – 1981
It’s always good to see how the opposition press reported the game and here is some of the Ipswich Star’s report on yesterday’s game:
“The extra quality of Championship table-toppers Newcastle United showed as Ipswich Town were comfortably beaten 3-0 at St James’ Park this afternoon.
“Ayoze Perez converted a volley with barely a minute played and then, somehow, the Blues made it to the break with no further damage sustained.”
“Town were a lot more solid after the restart, but Perez again showed good instincts in the box to double the lead (73) before Matt Ritchie’s strike (78) made sure of the home win that never really looked in doubt.”
“Ipswich, missing the injured Cole Skuse, were over-run in midfield and six-cap England international Jonjo Shelvey was able to pull the strings from deep.”
“Both sets of fans in the 52,000 capacity crowd were united in their chants hailing former boss Sir Bobby Robson, with around 2,700 Blues supporters having made the trip to the north-east.”
“The only real positive for Ipswich was to see both David McGoldrick and Jonny Williams return to action, both as subs, following their lengthy spells out on the sidelines.”
“Newcastle are now three points clear of Norwich at the top, following five straight wins, while Town are down to 17th in the standings.”
And to show just how good Bobby was at Ipswich Town – in 9 seasons from 1973 he had Ipswich in the top six in the First Division in all but one season (1997-1978) – not too bad when you have very little to no money to spend on players.
During his thirteen-year tenure at the Tractor Boys he brought in only 14 players from other clubs and he is the epitome of a great coach – he got the very best out of the players he had available.
For example he didn’t just go out and buy 11 or more world-class players to make a good team like some clubs have done in the recent past.
And Bobby at Ipswich Town won the Texaco Cup in 1973, the FA Cup in 1978 and the UEFA Cup in 1981 – shown in the photo at the top of this article.
Yes – Sir Bobby Robson was a great manager and a great man and his memory is shared by both sets of very appreciative fans.