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Sir Bobby Robson – A Football Legend – Has Passed Away

Bobby Robson died peacefully today at his home in County Durham.


Sir Robert William Robson-As a young man

Here is the statement released by his family,

“It is with great sadness that it has been announced today that Sir Bobby Robson has lost his long and courageous battle with cancer.

“He died very peacefully this morning at his home in County Durham with his wife and family beside him.

“Sir Bobby’s funeral will be private and for family members only.

“A thanksgiving service in celebration of Sir Bobby’s life will be held at a later date for his many friends and colleagues.

“Lady Robson and the family would very much appreciate it if their privacy could be respected at this difficult time.”

We are certainly saddened by this news but also grateful for what Bobby Robson has done to enrich our lives with his contributions to the game we love. We will keep him and his family in our thoughts.

143 comments so far

  • Darling27

    Jul 31, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #1

    One Word. Legend!!!

  • Toon_Army

    Jul 31, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #2

    Well Done Ed, A fitting Article for a Great Man…

    R.I.P. Sir. Bobby, I’m sure he will be looking down on SJP come the start of the Championship…

    I hope the Players, Owner and Staff will also do theier best to honour Sir. Bobby,s Memory this Season

  • dougnufc

    Jul 31, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #3

    R.I.P. Sir Bobby Robson.

    You will always be remembered!

  • shrews mag

    Jul 31, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #4

    It speaks volumes that everyone loved Bobby Robson.

    What a great man … will be missed …

  • Toon_Army

    Jul 31, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Yep News No. 1 and rightly so!!!!

  • Purely Belter

    Jul 31, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #6

    RIP sir bob. the club has gone backwards since you forced to leave.

    a true legend and will never be forgotten

    im happy he got a tribute only a few days ago

  • ginkoh

    Jul 31, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #7


    It make me cry for him. RIP our Sir Bobby Robson you will be immortal in all of Toon army’s heart.

  • RyanToon

    Jul 31, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #8


  • lesh

    Jul 31, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #9

    A very brave and noble man who did so much for football and inspired us all in times of adversity. He ceratinly was able to put life into perspective.

    I hope that the powers that be at Newcastle United have the decency to issue a meaningful statement on behalf of the club. But, from what we’ve seen of this lot, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if there was the usual silence.

    But, whatever comes out from SJP, he will be fondly remembered by many many people as a truly big big man.

  • 1Tino

    Jul 31, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #10

    Farewell SBR. Rest in Peace. Yours was a courageous battle.
    Newcastle had its most successful and stable years under you. Remember when finishing 5th was considered failure. Look where we are now. Its being a turtuous downward spiral since you left in 2004.
    Thanks for everything. We will never forget you. True Gent.

  • Soren

    Jul 31, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #11

    R.I.P Sir Bobby Robson. You will be missed by all – Truly one of the greatest men ever!

  • Geordie Jayne

    Jul 31, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #12

    I am absolutely heart broken.

    A True Gent, Great Man, A Geordie through and through.

    I am greatful to have been given the chance to honour Sir Bobby on Sunday at St James’ Park

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jul 31, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #13

    A very good player, A Great Manager but more importantly a REALLY FANTASTIC GENTLEMAN. Someone who we can really call a Legend throught football all over the world.

  • lesh

    Jul 31, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #14

    At least something good coming out of SJP today E0004594 EML 20090731 to June Grant Aon invitation to tender.

    Glad someone’s got a sense of propiety.

  • geist

    Jul 31, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #15

    Sir Bobby was a legend both on and off the pitch. You will be missed but remembered forever.

  • toonarmy_72

    Jul 31, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #16

    RIP Sir Bobby Robson…..

    Guess he could not have gone out in any better way than just after being at his spiritual home with all the fans that loved him on Sunday….

    With all that is happening at our club, guess it puts life back in to perspective.

    I just wanna say that i am was so happy to be part of the crowd on Sunday, and thanks to all the fans who made that day even more special now.

    Ill never forget Sheff UTD 8-0 or the 4-3 against Man United for Sir Bobs hundred game, that signed memorial picture is more sentimental than ever.

    RIP Sir Bob,


  • Bill1954

    Jul 31, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #17

    Absolutely devastated like many others. Sir Bobby was a gentleman, a legend, and an impeccable ambassador for football.
    If the current regime have even a small percentage of Bobby’s integrity and dignity they will ensure that NUFC are sold to someone who will run the club in a manner that Bobby would have approved.

  • cam_toon

    Jul 31, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #18

    There’s only one Bobby Robson,

    One Bobby Robson,

    Walking along,

    Singing our song,

    (Forever) walking in a Robson wonder land.

    We need a fitting tribute to Wor Boddy.

    Rename a stand, or better yet make the Bobby Robson Cup an annual pre-season comp. All the clubs Bobby managed with a sizable chunk going to his foundation.

  • lesh

    Jul 31, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #19

    Meant to post this link!

    At least something good coming out of SJP today


    Glad someone’s got a sense of propiety

  • eamonn

    Jul 31, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #20

    I met Sir Bobby once outside St James, he signed my match programme with a smile. We were after faltering in our Title bid back in 2003 and had just drawn with Villa. He was getting some stick from an large irate fan and Bobby asked the man what he did for a living. The big man said that he drove a taxi. Sir Bobby calmly replied “Well sir I won’t tell you how to drive your cab, so don’t tell me how to run this football club” Sir Bobby Robson was a true hero , a footballing legend and one of the three great Newcastle United managers. A man of steel who clung to life for his charity match last Sunday. Read either of his biographies and wonder at the courage of the man. He endured medical procedures which would have broken most people and continued to do his job at the highest level. His last job in Football was mentor to Steve Staunton’s disasterous reign as Ireland Manager. Sir Bobby had the guts to face the media over here following a disasterous result vs Cyprus. Stan was nowere to be seen. I’ve no doubt Ireland would have qualified for Euro 2008 if SBR had been in charge instead.

    A sad day for Football and Newcastle United in particular.

    Here is the NUSC tribute following the match last week which says it all really..

    What a fantastic tribute to Sir Bobby Robson.

    Sunday emphasised everything that was good about our city and this club.

    It emphasised how deeply the club and individuals who have served our club are held in high esteem by not just supporters but by the Geordie


    It emphasised how owners come and go (and we all know which owner we’d like to go now) but the glue that holds the club together remains

    strong the supporters, the city and the people.

    Yesterday was about Sir Bobby Robson, fan and inspiration, it is a tribute to his roots that he never left them.

    Our city and region made Sir Bobby what he was and he never, ever forgot that. The blood, the strength of character and the drive to succeed

    display the very best of our region and Sir Bobby has them in spades.

    Sir Bobby led the way for many and is an inspiration to many not just through his continuing battle against cancer, which incidentally, he has

    never allowed to define him as a person, but through his honesty, his forthright style and his loyalty to his people.

    The game was a fitting tribute to a powerful image of what is good about our region.

    It sent out a powerful message that Sir Bobby will be proud of.

    That we stand by our own, we embrace change because it’s in our DNA and we adapt to the realities of the world, not become defined by them.

    Sir Bobby isn’t a victim of cancer; he is a man of steel who happens to have cancer.

    He has had such a powerful impact for the good of our region and more importantly the city of Newcastle we can all learn from this experience.

    It is truly humbling.

    Signed by the

    Grateful Members of Newcastle United Supporters Club (NUSC)

  • NotAGhostToon

    Jul 31, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #21


    My part in fundraising for sir bob can be greatly enhanced with your help. Thank you


    Jul 31, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #22

    A true sportsman and gentleman.
    We will all miss you

  • milburn

    Jul 31, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #23

    A sad day all round but release some stress with a good old punch up


  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Jul 31, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #24

    The club needs to organisea tournament for EVERY pre season including…

    NUFC, Ipswich, Fulham, Barcelona, PSV, Sporting Lisbon, FC Porto, West Brom, England ‘86 XI, England ‘90 XI.

  • toonarmy_72

    Jul 31, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #25


    What a great blog. I agree with you i everyway.

    I am working and living in Manchester at the moment, but tomorrow morning i will be back up to the North East, to put some flowers down and have a moment or two to reflect on this mans life, and the impact he has had on me as a Newcastle and football fan…. Hope to see some of you guys tomorrow, have a pint in Shearers bar for SBR….



  • Toonmania

    Jul 31, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #26

    R.I.P Sir Bobby Robson,
    A truely amazing man will be sadly missed by all, but will be fondly remembered
    God Bless you for everything you did for NUFC
    Thank You

  • Dan4Toon

    Jul 31, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #27

    I am just GUTTED he was just an amazing man, a true great. Thank you so much for everything you did for Newcastle and Football world wide



  • BigLish

    Jul 31, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #28

    Writing this through tears, the world is a lesser place as of today. Bobby was everything that is good about humankind – dignity in the face of adversity.

    Don’t know what else to say…..

    My heart goes out to Elsie and the rest of the Robson family. RIP Bobby

  • lesh

    Jul 31, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #29

    NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    A great idea…. the Bobby Robson Cup/ Tournament or whatever at SJP.

    But, give this crew couldn’t even ensure working turnnstiles on Wednesday, what chance the curren junta could organise something as sophisticated as that?

    Not a cat in hell’s!

  • Toon Graeme

    Jul 31, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #30

    Ive just watched SSN news and again Ive got tears in my eyes!

    Im off to SJP later to leave a tribute the Legend that is/was.

    I am actually surprised the current shower of s***e actually are doing something.

  • cam_toon

    Jul 31, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #31

    @ milburn

    Highly distasteful. Have you no shame.

  • Paul141726

    Jul 31, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #32

    Makes our moaning and complaining about the state of NUFC take a back seat to the wonder and strength that was Sir Bob. I’m sure the loves of his life, Lady Robeson, family, friends and all others who knew this great and kind man are remembering him fondly. I haven’t follwed NUFC very long, but in the time I have he has been the one constant that has fueled my addiction for not only the club, but the Northeast in general. Rest in peace, kind sir.

  • Pedro

    Jul 31, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #33

    Sir Bobby Robson greatest manager ever! You will be sorely missed.

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Jul 31, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #34

    There’s nothing new I can add to what has and will be said about Bobby, but I think the level of respect and love that will be shown for him over the next few days will be the mark of what a great man he was.

    If anyone ever needed an example to show that you can be a great and successful man and still a truely decent man and a gentleman, you’ll never have to look further than him.

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Jul 31, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #35
  • Chizzy_Toon

    Jul 31, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #36

    TodayI have shed both tears of sadness and also ones of gratitude for the late great Sir Bobby.

    Looking back on what Sir Bobby has done in his life, he has not only bought happiness and joy to people in the North East, or even the UK, but the whole world. He has touched the hearts of alot of people, and will never be forgotten.

    RIP Sir Bobby – Legend and a Gentleman.

  • sahota

    Jul 31, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #37

    What ever good you say about Sir Bobby , you can not describe his qualities in words. He will be legend forever. Salute to him.

  • Starkadder

    Jul 31, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #38

    It will be a long, long time before Newcastle United, or anyone else for that matter, ever sees the like of Sir Bobby Robson again.

    This sad occaison is deepend in knowing that for the later part of his life, Sir Bobby has had to watch the turmoil that the club finds itself in.

    Sir Bobby Robson. A great man, a great gentleman. RIP.

    Toon Graeme @ 29. I wouldn’t lump the staff at SJP in with the upper managment. The staff who run the club on a day to day basis know what’s what and on the whole, they don’t let us down.

  • daffy

    Jul 31, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #39

    Its not often SAFC + NUFC unite but this is different . RIP Sir Bobby – a true football legend & ambassador for the north east + well respected & liked at Sunderland .

  • beyethegreat

    Jul 31, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #40

    the man was greater than the manager and he was 1 great manager rip


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