Today signals the 2nd anniversary of the passing of one of the greatest managers in Newcastle’s history – Sir Bobby Robson.
You don’t need me to tell you how great he was. You knew he bled black and white and that he cared for the club, the fans the city. You knew he was proud to represent the people of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and the surrounding areas. He really was at home.
Quite honestly I don’t know if anyone will ever be mourned by so many in the footballing community and beyond again. Sir Bobby was a top class fella who touched the lives of many during his time on this earth, and he continues to do it today through his foundation. They broke the mould when they made him.
The memories, where do I start? The came thick and fast under Bobby. Newcastle were a wayward ship when Captain Robson took the helm, but it didn’t take him long to get us sailing along on the right course. That 8-0 against Sheffield Wednesday is a day that will stick in my mind for a long long time. It felt like the start of something, and it was.
Bobby took us as far as the Champions League, and with that came more memories. The San Siro, Feyenoord, Juventus. It was a brief taste of Champions League football, but it was memorable all the same, and it was all masterminded by Robson.
Wherever you are today make sure you spend a moment thinking about what this great man done for Newcastle United. Think of how much it meant to him. Think of this:
“What is a club in any case? Not the buildings or the directors or the people who are paid to represent it. It’s not the television contracts, get-out clauses or the marketing departments or executive boxes. It’s the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city.”
We have a game today and I’ll be leading some chants that pay tributes to the great man at Elland Road, that’s if I can get in there before anyone else! He is the man who inspired some of my greatest memories of Newcastle United so it’s the very least I can do on a day that marks the 2nd anniversary of the passing of the great man. I’ll also be putting some money into the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation as he’d like that.
Sir Bobby Robson – One of a kind!