Today’s Icon , is actually a strange one , in that despite being employed as Manager in some of Europe’s biggest Clubs , as well as the England Boss’s job , and enjoying a career of over 50 years in the game , he would actually only manage his true love , his hometown Club , Newcastle United , for a few short years prior to his retirement , and even then , not being fully appreciated when he finally did . He was also amongst the most generically popular figures ever in the British Game , with few if any ever having a bad word for him . Ladies and Gentlemen , I give you , Sir Bobby Robson .
Born , Robert William Robson , in Sacriston , County Durham , on February 13 , 1933 amidst some of the harshest economic conditions ever experienced , as The Wall Street Crash’s seismic waves finally crossed the Atlantic . The fourth of 5 lads , to his Parents , Phillip and Lilian . Within a short time the family moved to Langley Park as his Father moved Pits . Young Bobby was , as with most of us , Football Mad , playing every spare minute . However , upon entering Seniors , Bobby discovered that his Headmaster did not allow the School Team to play in a league . No matter , he joined Langley Park Juniors on a weekend and by the time he was 15 was representing the Under-18 side .
On leaving school young Robson , naturally graduated towards the Pit , becoming an Electrician’s Apprentice with the National Coal Board , and playing at weekends . Nevertheless , he was making waves . A few Clubs showed interest but Fulham Manager Bill Dodgin made a personal trip to the North-East to persuade Bobby’s Parents that The Cottage should be his home . Despite a late offer from Middlesborough and a luke-warm attempt by his Idols Newcastle United , Bobby’s Dad advised on London . So , The Big Smoke it was .
However , his Dad also insisted Bobby continue his Indentures , so he worked all day at the then , British Empire Exhibition Centre – the equivalent of Olympic Park at the time , and training 3 nights a week . Bobby felt it was affecting him too much though , and became a full –time Pro in 1950 . Before long he made his first team Debut , in the First Division against Sheffield Wednesday , aged 18 years . His career at Fulham was fulfilling on a Personal rather than Professional level .
Bobby often noted that Fulham was , “ A Lovely Social , Club . But didn’t aspire to winning trophies . “ As such , despite performing well himself , the side was relegated in 1951-52 . He would spend the next four years outside the top flight before being sought , and ultimately signed by Vic Buckingham’s West Bromwich Albion in March 1956 , in a £28,000 move . An Albion record at the time . Bobby had played 152 games and scoring an impressive 68 goals .
He made his home debut in a 0-4 defeat against Manchester City the same week . Once again , with the side no real , Great Shakes , Bobby settled down and did his thing . He would Captain the side in 1960-61 , and 1961-62 Seasons , but after his Second Son Gareth was born , Robson approached the Albion Board for a rise . The then Chairman , amidst the prevalent Legal Row with Robson’s former team-mate Jimmy Hill and The PFA , over minimum and maximum wages ; refused . Bobby felt he had no choice but to submit an official transfer request . His old Club , Fulham , snapped him up for £20,000 and doubling his salary in the process . He left The Hawthorns in 1962 having played 257 games and scored a respectable 61 goals .
Even then though , Robson was unfortunate . He was joining a Club – albeit for the second time whom had recently sold both Alan Mullery and Rodney Marsh , thereby scuppering any chance they had of competing at League or even Cup level . Once more , he would Captain the side and would play alongside the Great Johnny Haynes and George Cohen , but it wasn’t enough . Furthermore , as the years went by , Bobby’s role in the team changed . Instead of its goal scoring focus , he became more of a provider and this is shown via his Fulham statistics during his second period at The Cottage . Whereas in over150 ( 158 ) games the first time , he scored an impressive 68 goals . During his second incarnation , he played 192 games with only 8 goals . The impact of his position move was marked . Yet he still was the subject of Press speculation for Transfers even this late in his career day , as it were .
In all , it has to be said , considering his talents , Bobby Robson’s playing career should have contained two things . One , a trophy , any trophy , and secondly , he should have played for Newcastle United . Sadly though , and as was often the case then and indeed much later also , the Club did have an interest but were tepid at best . Almost Regal in their attitude of , well , He’s a Geordie . He’ll do what we want , when we want it . This , against Fulham’s Manager driving over 200 miles to sit in his front room , meant it was never to be . Shame though , nevertheless . Even , Bobby himself said , “ As far as my playing career went , I didn’t win a thing .. “ Yet he was held in high esteem throughout from both his Professional Clubs but also their opponents and his Peers .
His proudest moments undoubtedly were his 20 appearances for his Country . Ostensibly on Pre-Season Tornaments and Tours , but nevertheless Caps .Bobby scored 4 times and was unfortunate in just being born a decade or so too soon , as he saw Ramsay take the 3 Lions to glory just 4 short years after his final appearance in an England jersey . West Brom , and Buckingham in particular , were noted for their , Push-And-Run style , which later was adopted by both Liverpool FC in Europe and indeed was the fundamental basis for even the Dutch , Total Football , in the 1970’s . It was also from this environment that emerged Robson’s team mate , and later his Coach , Don Howe .
In the event , his playing days kind of stuttered to a conclusion . He was muted to be moving to Arsenal in a Player-Coaching role , and turning down an offer of a similar position at Southend United , Robson was approached by Vancouver Whitecaps , Canadian representatives in the inaugural North American Soccer League ( NASL ) . However , in the most bizarre Managerial Structure I have ever heard , the system was such that Bobby managed the Vancouver based squad . However , there was another section of the squad . These were based in San Francisco and was overseen by the Great Ferenc Puskas , the Hungarian Maestro and ex- of Real De Madrid . Despite this , and his life-long respect for Puskas himself , problems were soon encountered unsurprisingly . Fortunately for the Englishman , Fulham had been monitoring his progress and in January 1968 stepped in and offered him the Manager’s chair at Craven Cottage .
His first game in charge was versus Macclesfield Town – then of the Cheshire League , in the F.A. Cup . The side were in trouble with 16 points from 24 games . Bobby signed a young Malcolm McDonald but was unable to prevent the team being relegated . By the November the writing was on the wall . Well , actually it was on an Evening Standard headline board outside Putney Station . It said ; “ Robson Sacked by Fulham .. “ . It was the first he heard of it . Nice . Only the 3 terms of service , after all .
On occasion , serendipity comes knock-knocking upon one’s door . Sometimes , one is aware , others not . In November 1969 , Bobby Robson was at Portman Road , Ipswich on a Scouting mission for another young Manager and friend , Dave Sexton , whereupon he had a chance encounter with Town Director , Murray Sangster . It was a meeting which would be the single most important encounter in the history of the East Anglian Club . However , in the interim , shortly afterwards , Bobby Robson was offered and gleefully accepted the Manager’s role at Ipswich Town .
Robson’s tenure at Town was not an immediate success . Indeed he underwent 4 seasons of what can only be described as mid-table mediocrity . Indeed , Bobby himself later admitted that in the Cobbolds – Ipswich Majority Shareholders , he was blessed with Football Fairy-Godfathers , and that 4 years in Football is , “ A Bloody Long Time !!! “ . Well , in retrospect , if it were possible to obtain the counter perspective , I am certain the Cobbolds , Senior and Junior , would confirm that they got the better half of the deal .
1972-73 was the breakthrough season . Robson led the side into Europe but was also successful in the Texaco Cup – an Anglo-Scots affair , thus obtaining the first Silverware of his Career . For the next ten years the side would not be outside the top ten – with a close run second to Shankly’s Liverpool as his high watermark in Division 1 during this period ; but for one year , 1978 . This was , in fairness , the year that Bobby Robson felt he had “ Arrived “ as he guided , The Tractor Boys to a Wembley Final in the F.A. Cup to face Arsenal . His side was more than decent , Mills his Captain would later do the same job at International level . The gifted and ever so unlucky with injury , Kevin Beattie at Centre Half . George Burley the other young full back . Talbot , later of Arsenal , and Whymark up front . The tie and thus the trophy were won by a rather non-descript wide midfielder called Roger Osbourne . A local yokel , if you will . All innocent and typical F.A. Cup back then . Bobby Robson was a Big Time Winning Manager ; Official .
Instead of resting upon his Laurels . Robson used the triumph as a catalyst for his Blueprint for Ipswich Town . Despite the victory , he began to change the side almost immediately . Out went much of the midfield , with Robson utilising his strong Dutch connections – Ipswich toured there every year , and brought first Arnold Muhren and then Frans Thiyssen from Holland and into the East Anglian midfield . Eric Gates , a North Easterner like himself , was promoted from the Youth Team , as was a young Afro’d Scots Striker by the name of Alan Brazil . One utterly mind-blowing statistic often over-looked on Bobby was that during his tenure at Ipswich , a decade and more , he brought in only 14 players from other Clubs . Far preferring promotion from within . It was a magnificent ethos , but one wholly dependent on a system from Scouting-Academy level right through to the first team was under scrutiny , and under which his own Coaching abilities would determine whether it stood or fell . In 1981 he lifted the UEFA Cup , as Ipswich defeat AZ Alkmaar , littered with Dutch Internationals , and having beaten Michel Platini and PSG earlier in the competition , 5-4 on aggregate . A year later , he was approached by The Football Association to be Ron Greenwood’s successor . Ipswich made him an offer of a 10 year contract and , after he declined , bade him a fond and grateful farewell . There was no real decision .
Throughout his time in football , Bobby Robson , more than most , has affected People’s careers around him , whom have gone on to be major figures in the World Game . Ronaldo of Brazil , Jose Mourinho and Andre Villas-Boas of Portugal , all saw direct benefits via Bobby’s interaction . However , and ironically , concerning both having Newcastle United connections , his relationship with Kevin Keegan would be perhaps the only voice I can recall in my lifetime whom perhaps wasn’t as fulsome in his praise of Robson as everyone else . Bobby dropped KK , the England Captain and talisman of the previous decade , for his opening game , versus Denmark in September 1981 . However , 2 years later , and also against Denmark , England were to lose the only qualification game they ever would under Bobby Robson – in 28 attempts , which effectively saw the 3 Lions eliminated , and thus absent from the Finals . Consequently , Robson , being the Fella he was , tendered his resignation –privately , to Bert Millichip , then F.A. Chairman . However , even to Bobby Robson , his successor was to be Brian Clough , and Clough’s personal relationship with the F.A. , per se , and Millichip specifically , saw the Chairman refuse to accept Bobby’s resignation , so he remained as England Manager , with a fresh determination and a focus upon the imminent World Cup to be held in Mexico in 1986 .
As an Evertonian , Mexico ’86 , will always be tinged with sadness . It was within hours of England’s elimination , that We , as a Club , would feel the first of very many seismic After-Shocks from Heysel , as England’s number 10 , Everton’s #8 , and FIFA Cop De Mundial Golden Boot Winner , 1986 , Gary Lineker – ironically , a la W Rooney some 18 years later ; would do all of his Press Conferences WITHOUT mentioning the fact that he played for Everton . AS for the Country at large , they also had misgivings , as not only underwhelming performances and results in the first 2 Group games , but Bryan Robson , his Manager’s Namesake and Talisman , dubbed Captain Fantastic by the Media , in an inauspicious tumble , managed to re-dislocate a shoulder with had plagued him throughout his career and was ruled out of the Tournament . His erstwhile Manchester United colleague , now resident in Italian Football , Ray Wilkins was also sent off in the same game . Thus , changes would result , whether the Manager wanted to or not . Once more , Everton played its part . Just like the last time Mexico held the Competition .
The 3rd and final Group game was against Poland . They lined up with the Toffees , Runner’s Up in both leading domestic competitions the season just ended , and Champions the year before , and indeed after ; making up much of the side . Lineker , of course , but also Peter Reid , Gary Stevens and Trevor Steven down the right flank . Furthermore , soon to be RS but also later Derby Winning Toff’ , Peter Beardsley also was selected in place of Hateley , so we’re claiming him too . The last time , 1970 , it was Ball , Labone , Newton , with Wright a Sub , and Harvey and Kendall not even picked . There’s something about Everton and England Teams in Mexico World Cups … I digress however .
The resulting performance was a revelation as , quelle surprise , players whom had played together with distinction all year , and had provided Lineker with 40 Everton goals , instantly gelled as Links grabbed a Hat-Trick and England won 3-0 . The point though , was Bobby Robson was , finally off and running at Tournament Level . Paraguay were next in the first KO game . They too were dispatched as the 3 Lions continued to impress . The following game against South Americans Argentina , and the first meeting between themselves and any British side since the Falklands-Malvinas Conflict .
As the World Cup Historians now testify , the Game of Football saw both the sublime but also the despicable within 6 minutes in Guadalahara as Diego Armando “ The Cheating Little Fat Get “ Maradona proceeded first to blatantly as Micheal Jordan , punch one in the net . He then , as a picture in My living room testifies , began perhaps the consummate slalom type World Cup goal of all time , leaving one Peter Reid , bless , panting like an Asthmatic on an Iron-Man Challenge , in his wake . It was a truly fabulous strike , but for Bobby Robson , and myself , it blotted the Fat Cocaine liking one’s copy-book for evermore . England had a late flurry , pulled one back , Lineker of course , and following a Barnes run and cross at the byline of almost as good technique as Tubby earlier , pulled one across the goal which miss Lineker’s Fod by a Rizla Paper . That was the last meaningful attack , and England were eliminated . Bobby Robson , now really feeling that the Fates were against him as England Manager once more thought about leaving . Once more , he was persuaded to continue .
Thus , despite yet another poor shooting in the 1988 European Championships in Germany , with a side fancied as legitimate challengers . They were defeated in all Group games , the first by the Republic Of Ireland under Jack Charlton , Russia and the eventual winners , Holland . In truth , it was a competition – with one notable exception that England has consistently under-performed in . This time though , having signed a contract through to the World Cup in Italy , the Gloves were now well and truly Off , as far as the Media , particularly the Red Tops , were concerned . Bobby did not quite get the Turnip Treatment as would his successor , but they were building up to it . Following a 0-0 draw with Saudi Arabia , the Sun ran with , “ In the name of Allah , GO !!! “
Sometimes in life , as I noted , events , or just being in the right place at the right time , can literally turn a person’s life or career upside down . This , in a manner of speaking , is what happened to Bobby Robson in February 1990 . The side he had was now approaching its peak . Shilton in goal would see no more Tournaments but remained as good as any . The Liverpool contingent , Barnes , Beardsley , McMahon ; The Mercurial Waddle , Lineker complimented by the Battering Ram that was Steve , Bully , Bull from Wolves . Butcher , Robson , young Pearce from Forest , another kid , Platt from Villa making a late push for selection . However , that game in February , against Yugoslavia , saw the England Debut of the Mercurial Paul Gascoigne . This Geordie , raised only a few miles from where Robson himself was reared , would be Bobby’s Ace-In-TheHole . Only he didn’t know it yet .
Drawn once more with Holland and Republic Of Ireland , with Egypt making up the quartet . England actually topped the Group this time , but there were momemts of controversy . For example , that The Players , Lineker , Shilton , Butcher etc – Robson was injured again and went home ; approached the Manager to alter the system and play a Sweeper . Whatever , the upshot was , Mark Wright was selected as a Sweeper for the Egypt game . He scored too . They now had momentum . Gascoigne and Platt snatched a late winner against Belgium and it was Cameroon , the African side taking the Tournament By Storm , in the Quarter Finals .
Following a truly inspired performance , Lineker shining in a 3-2 victory , Bobby Robson’s England found themselves in a World Cup Semi-Final , facing “ Kaiser “ Franz Beckenbauer’s newly Re-Unified Germany . Once more , the Copa Del Mundial Fates did not smile upon the man from County Durham . As with Maradona in Mexico , Paul Gascoigne , England’s 19 year old , Go-To-Man , went into a challenge on German Skipper Lothar Mattheus . He was late , but Mattheus’ reaction .. rolling and screaming , earned Gascoigne a yellow card , effectively banning him from the Finals . The Lad broke down in tears on the Pitch , with the game goinng on around him . It prompted Lineker’s famous .. “ Have a word with him … “ Mime to Robson , that has since entered Football’s Folklore . As it turned out , Gazza held it together for the remaining minutes and even slotted a Penalty in the inevitable shoot-out . Another stroke of luck that went against Robson and which is often over-looked , is the German’s second goal . Check it on You-Tube . The angle that Paul Parker’s body is at , to get it it over Shilton but under the bar … Well , it was a freak . ANOTHER ONE !!!
England’s first 3 Penalties , Links , Platt and Gazza scored theirs in response to the Huns’ inevitable pin-point accuracy . However , then stepped up Pearce . This man was nearly as Legend for Dead-Ball kicks at Forest as Le Tiss would be at Southampton , yet , this day , he went for power over accuracy , at a decent height and not in the corner . Keeper saves it . They score , again . Waddle kinda Waddles up , as he was wont to do . Places the ball .Takes 4 steps back , runs at it and , bladders his effort too . This time though , he shanks it altogether . The ball misses everything , and is last seen heading off into the Sardinian night in the direction of Libya . That was it . They were out .
The worst of it was , the Germans were to meet Bobby’s OTHER Auld Enemy in the Final . Maradona’s Argentina . Though an altogether different animal to that of 4 years earlier . To most Englishmen , myself included , we would have beaten them . As did the Germans , with a Brehme Penalty in the most dire of games . Prior to the Tournament , The F.A. fearing another debacle had stalled upon Robson’s Contract – expecting him to , Fall On His Sword . However , the team’s success blindsided them . They did attempt to re-negotiate with Bobby , but , Gentleman that he would remain , he had , in the belief that he was to be fired , provisionally accepted a position at PSV Eindhoven , whom had approached him prior to Italia 90 . Thiis , having given his word , he remained true to it . Despite it meaning that he would depart the greatest job of his career .
His Assistant at PSV was one , Frank Ahrnesen – another whom profited by association to the genial Geordie . Bobby found it difficult in Holland , primarily due to that Nation’s citizen’s propensity , well , for a Nark . He later quoted to Voetbal Magazine ; “ In England every Pro accpts the Manager’s decision . Here , after every game , the substitutes will visit my office … “ Also , Romario , the Brazilian , later World Cup and Barcelona star , who had been allowed a free reign at Eindhoven . Robson wished to alter this . The Brazilian disagreed . Like that . Nevertheless , Robson took PSV to the Title in both 1990-91 and 1991-92 Seasons . Yet , bizarrely he lost his job due to , “ Not Progressing .. “ the Club sufficiently .
From Holland he went off to Portugal in 1992 whereupon his Translator was a young Jose Mourinho . Yet again though , Bobby soon encountered difficulties . Describing the Club generally as being in , “ A terrible state .. “ and after securing a 3rd place finish in his debut term , stated that the Club’s Chairman , Sousa Sintra , was , “ A loose cannon .. “
Frequently approaching or signing players without Robson’s knowledge . Bobby was sacked the following Season – with Sporting Top of the Portuguese League . Sintra cited the Club’s early dismissal from the UEFA Cup as the basis for his decision . Amazingly , and hugely serendipitously for BOTH Mourinho – hired as Bobby’s #2 ,AND another current Premier League Manager that he did , as he simply accepted an offer from Sporting’s Rivals , F.C. Porto .
During his time in Porto , Bobby Robson was approached by his 14 year old neighbour as to why he wasn’t selecting Donigos Caciencia enough . And indeed , when he did , he was using him wrong . Bobby told him to put it in writing . He did . Robson took the Kid under his wing , sent him to Lilleshall , and then , at 17 to Scotland to obtain his first UEFA Coaching Licence , and via his association with Mourinho , gave AVB a miraculous introduction in Elite European Football . Amazing , yet so humble a gesture . Superb .
When Bobby took the reigns at Porto , they were in a bade state . Crowds were down to 10,000 with no hope in sight . However , that same Season , the Englishman steered Porto to a Portuguese Cup Final victory over , guess who ??? Sporting Lisbon . Bet that tasted sweet . Moreover , Robson took them to successive Title wins in 1994-95 and 1995-96 . Indeed , such was his impact that the Genial Geordie became known as , “ Bobby Five-0 “ , on account of the amount of 5-0 victories Porto gained under his Stewardship .
Sadly , it was at this time that Bobby Robson was first diagnosed with Cancer , at that stage a malignant melanoma He missed most of the early months of the 1996-97 campaign but was back as the side lifted yet another Championship . However , during a telephone call from Barcelona Chairman , Juan Gaspartes , ostensibly to discuss Luis Figo , saw the Catalan Supremo offer Bobby Robson the role as Manager of F.C. Barcelona , which of course he accepted .
Robson took over at the Camp Nou in summer 1996 , making the appointment of Mourinho a condition of his own employment . Another early stipulation was that the Club sanctioned the $19.5m capture of Brazilian Ronaldo from his old Club PSV , and about whom Bobby had been given constant and ever improving reports . Ronaldo , yet another whose Star would Rise exponentially following association with Bobby Robson , as together the pair won The Spanish Cup , The Spanish Super-Cup , and The European Cup Winners Cup . A Big Deal for Barcelona even in those relatively recent days . That season , 1996-97 Bobby Robson was names European Coach Of The Year . Indeed , the young Brazilian was lavish in his praise of the Englishman’s influence upon both him and the side generally .
Strangely , the Catalan Club thought it best Bobby , move upstairs , for the following season , 1997-98 , being replaced by Luis Van Gaal . Though unsurprisingly he would remain there only one year before returning to PSV whom were in need of assistance . Robson took them to third in the Eredivisie , and achieving qualification for the Champions League on the last day of the season .Due to the temporary nature of the appointment , Robson left Eindhoven at the campaign’s end in order to take up the post of Technical Director . However , within months , Ruud Guillit was sacked as Newcastle United Boss and they approached Bobby Robson . Even then though , Robson noted , “ Their opening Salary offer was WAY below Market Rates .. “ . In the event , he negotiated a £1m a year contract . Only befitting for his stature .
His impact was immediate . The Barcodes , at that point , stone bottom of the Premier League faced Sheffield Wednesday . They won 8-0 and he was away . He ended the 1999-200 season with The Toon in 11th place . Having achieved 14 wins from 32 games . In late 2000 , with the resignation of Kevin Keegan as England Manager . The F.A. approached Newcastle Chairman , Freddie Shepherd ; He of the Geordie Birds are Fat Slappers , line , with a view to Bobby taking over in a Part-Time capacity . Shepherd denied the approach . After a poor start in 2001-2002 , Newcastle went from Bottom in November to finish 4th and qualify for the UEFA Cup . The next year they managed 3rd and qualified for the Champions League .
However , similar to ourselves in 2005 , the Barcodes were unable to progress to the Group stages and once more found themselves in the UEFA Cup , no mean feat however , considering whereupon he had taken over . In 2003-2004 they went on to 5th spot . Missing out on the Top Table but reaching the Semi-Final of the UEFA Cup , losing to Marseille .
At the end of the final game of the 2003=2004 season , Bobby Robson Went Public at his dissatisfaction at only – he said , about 5,000 of the over 40,000 gate , stayed behind to see the Players Lap Of Honour , possibly suggesting dissatisfaction ? I do not know . In any event , and after a poor start , albeit 5 games , and amid rumours- released later by Shepherd , of Dressing Room Unrest – that old favourite , the Chairman relieved Bobby of his duties at the end of August 2004 . Fair Play to Bobby Robson , he later stated in his book that he was routinely circumvented concerning transfer negotiations and players contracts . Moreover , openly accused both Fat Freddie and Douglas Hall the other Director present , and nodding at the infamous , Fat Slappers , late night Drink-Up with Shepherd , incidentally ; of concentrating upon the First Team to the detriment of Traing Ground , Youth Development , etc . Graeme Souness would later cite the Club’s Training Facilities as a factor in a spate of injuries over some seasons .
In January 2006 , Steve Staunton was appointed Manager of the Irish Republic , with Bobby Robson as his Mentor , if you will . Robson would remain in the role until November 2007 , upon the failure to reach the European Championship Finals .
In 1992 Bobby overcame Bowel Cancer . In 1996 , Melignant Melanoma which resulted in his having a partially prosthetic upper jaw . In 2006 , whilst in his Irish role , he suffered both Brain and Lung Tumours . As a result of the very serious Brain Tumour , Bobby had a partial stroke . His fifth diagnosis of cancer was with the discovery of nodules in both lungs which were deemed Terminal , in February 2007 , and from December 2008 which were being controlled by Chemotherapy . In March 2008 , he launched the Bobby Robson Foundation . By November that year , they had reached £1.1m in donations and was directed towards the Cancer Research Teails Facility , in Bobby’s name , at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle . It still prospers today .
I have 3 tenuous connections with Bobby Robson . One , I KNOW the place he comes from . Id venture not 50 Scousers do . Secondly , I like Cricket , a lot . As did Bobby , in fact , he was due to take over as President of Lord’s Taverners , in 2007 , buyt pulled out due to his health . They later held a tribute evening , “ To The Best President We Never Had “ .. Classy .. Finally , Bobby Robson died on my birthday , July 31 , 2009 .
The outpouring of emotion , of respect , to this Genial , Gentleman Geordie was impressive . Nationwide . There would later be Statues of Bobby outside both Portman Road , and St. James’ Park , as was .
Prior to conclusion , I would like to recount one more short Bobby story . Its from Radio Star these days and Ex-Ipswich Centre Forward under Robson … “ I met the Boss – He ALWAYS called Him , Boss . NEVER Gaffer .. On a train one time . I’d finished playing and was out of the game . Anyways , he walks up to me .. I say , “ Hello Boss .. “ HE says . “ Where’s Your Tie ??? “ I didn’t have one on .. Instead of saying , Do one , he tried to stutter an excuse … BECAUSE Bobby Robson had asked him . It was an IMMENSE though throwaway sign of the esteem he was held by all whom were touched by him , and composing this Piece has been a pleasure .
Thus , Bobby Robson ; Genuine Football Icon …
Look After Your Peoples
Peace Out .