Sir Bobby Robson – Why He’s Such An Inspiration

Today would have been the 84th birthday of Bobby Robson who finally died after his long fight with cancer on 31st July, 2009, aged 76.

We have always thought Sir Bobby was an excellent manager but he was even a better person for the way he was simply class when things were going against him – he was always dignified when things got really tough.

He managed Ipswich Town for 13 years to great success with basically very little money and then managed England for 8 years from 1982 and took us to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 1990.

That’s when we lost on penalties to Germany after extra time.

Sir Bobby Robson – an inspiration

Bobby had also taken us to the quarter finals of the World Cup in 1986 before Argentina, Diego Maradona and the hand of God beat us.

Bobby finally took over the management of Newcastle United when we were second bottom of the league in September of 1999 at age 66, when we had just one point after six games played and Ruud Gullit had been fired after just one year in the job.

Bobby turned everything around in that season and in his first home game at St. James’ Park we beat bottom club Sheffield Wednesday 8-0.

Bobby finished that season in 2000 with 51 points from the 32 games he managed – 52 points from 38 games in total for Newcastle who finished in 11th place – a fabulous display of coaching and man-management.

Sir Bobby had Newcastle in 4th, 3rd and 5th positions in his final three seasons as Newcastle manager before he was fired on 30th August of 2004, the day before I retired from IBM after 34 years there.

His record at Newcastle was 255 games managed, won 119, drew 64  and lost 72 for a win ratio of around 47% and a loss ratio of around 28%.

Bobby was the son of a miner and a life-long Newcastle fan and he famously founded the successful Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which has raised millions and millions of pounds for research into the treatment of cancer.

But the one thing we remember about Sir Bobby and which is still a source of real inspiration to this day is his complete class, the fact that he was always a gentleman and he handled all kinds of adversity with such dignity.

He was truly a great man.

16 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 18, 2017 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #1


  • Ron Knee

    Feb 18, 2017 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #2

    My favourite from Sir Bobby:-

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

  • WorJordi

    Feb 18, 2017 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #3

    A gentle man
    No pretentious crap like we get from some managers
    He loved Newcastle
    And we loved him
    To think they sacked him for finishing 5th
    Shame on them
    Hopefully our new gentleman isn’t treated like SBR was
    God bless him

  • Average_Contents

    Feb 18, 2017 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #4

    Great man, great gent and a true mag through and through.

    Happy birthday Sir Bob.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 18, 2017 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Wor Jordi,
    Those fans I heard calling for his head coming out of the 2-2 draw with Norwich which was to be his last home game want to hang their heads in shame as well.

  • theystillletmevote

    Feb 18, 2017 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #6

    A great piece about a great man Ed.

    So sorry to read your bad news on your Health Update.

    Wishing you well Ed

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 18, 2017 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Gob bless Sir Bobby Robson,

    A true gent and absolute legend

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 18, 2017 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Lincoln beat Burnley to reach the last 8 of the FA Cup!


  • Mag52

    Feb 18, 2017 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Wonderful result by Lincoln, and not a lucky one.

  • jane

    Feb 18, 2017 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #10

    Team news
    Huddersfield v Man City (15:00 GMT)
    Huddersfield make seven changes from the team that won 3-2 at Rotherham in the Championship. Tareiq Holmes-Dennis, Philip Billing, Collin Quaner and Joe Lolley are the players to keep their place. Forwards Elias Kachunga and Nakhi Wells and on-loan midfielder Isaiah Brown are on the bench.

    Huddersfield XI: Coleman, Stankovic, Cranie, Hudson, Holmes-Dennis, Billing, Whitehead, Lolley, Payne, van La Parra, Quaner.

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 18, 2017 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #11

    “This is the furthest that a non-league team has gone in the FA Cup since 1911-12 (Swindon Town – semi finals).”

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 18, 2017 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #12

    AC Milan interested in signing Moussa Sissoko


    Laugh of the day

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 18, 2017 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #13

    1913-14 – The last non-league team to be in the last 8 of the competition (Round 4) were QPR in 1913-14.

  • AncientC

    Feb 18, 2017 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #14

    You know your time in football is coming to an end, when AC Milan, the footballer’s elephants graveyard comes a callin’.

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 18, 2017 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #15

    I loved SBR the same as all fans but he went because at the time and with the squad he had he was underachieving, making the wrong subs and tactics were wrong. It is similar to Arsene Wenger at the present time and I have no doubt in a few years time people will be saying he should never have left, or been sacked whichever it is. The problem was we got the wrong manager in after Bobby went and the squad didn’t perform.
    I know I’ll get slated for this but it’s true they should have put Bobby upstairs and got a young manager in; that way everyone would be happy!

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 18, 2017 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #16

    By the way, Bobby could have come when in his prime but chose not to break his contract.


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