Sir Bobby Robson Passes On

August 1, 2009 at 5:26 am | Posted in General Football | Leave a comment

Today the world lost a great football man.  Sir Bobby Robson lost his battle with cancer at the age of 76.  Sir Bobby let his deeds do the talking for him.  He had every right with all that he achieved to be a proud and boastful man, yet he was modest to the end.   He was a gifted player and a manager.  He played for England, he managed England; a job he called the best in the world.

He took unfashionable Ipswich Town to Wembley to beat Arsenal 1-0 in the FA Cup final in 1978 and won the UEFA Cup in 1981 with them as well.   He then won championships with FC Porto and PSV Eindhoven.  He did not win anything when he was England Coach but he took them on some heroic campaigns, notably to the Semi finals of the 1990 World Cup and the Quarters of the 1986 World Cup.  He won the Cup Winner’s Cup with Barcelona.   He even coached the Vancouver Royals!

I remember fondly when he was manager of Newcastle United from 1999 to 2004 or so. Newcastle played beautiful football at that time and were an absolute joy to watch.  I used to relish watching Newcastle’s exciting games on TV while Sir Bobby Robson was in charge. Though they won no trophies, Sir Bobby took them to the Champions League, though they went out early. One can track the demise of Newcastle United from the point Sir Bobby Robson was fired.

He was Knighted in 2002.  He worked for charity in aid of cancer research.

I will always remember this man with great affection.  Thank-you Sir Bobby Robson for bringing us so much football joy, and for being a great and wonderful person!


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