Two years on since the great man left us.

Gone but not forgotten.
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!

About toonsy

A lifelong Newcastle fan and current webmaster of this very 'blog who has the sole aim of creating a place by Newcastle United fans, for Newcastle United fans.

30 thoughts on “Two years on since the great man left us.

  1. The biggest regret of my life so far was that I couldn’t mourn sir bobby properly when he died. I was holidaying in America and only found out a week later. So every year I try to mourn a bit more to make up for lost time. Truly one of a kind


  2. A great man and a gentle man loved and respected by so many he touched the lives of thousands around the world. He taught us how the game should be played and how the club should be managed it is a shame that his legacy did not last longer the new regime should look at his way of doing things perhaps then we stand the chance to bring back a little of what the Master tried to create at our beloved club.

    Our thoughts are with his family at this time hopefully rejoicing in the memory of the peoples champion.


  3. RIP Sir Bobby, so loved and respected and so sadly missed.

    Dave Dutch (5) I love the perfect phrase you used in summing up the great man:-



  4. Still remember the funeral service when Sir Alex Ferguson stood and spoke with such genuine warmth and humility about a great man, he had no script and spoke from the heart and i will always respect SAF for that despite his antics in the day to day running of ManU.


  5. My absolute football legend, RIP. Wish I was going today to join in the chorus of respect but I’m stuck in the bloody lakes at a wedding, sing loud and proud lads


  6. @toonsy

    I’ve replied to your post on the Nolan subject. 🙄


  7. From Bobby to Bobby with love .

    Get the East Stand named after him.


  8. RIP Sir Bobby a legend in football and a legend in life always missed but never forgotten.


  9. Loved the man to bits, The team he put together would IMHO have won the league in 2002 if Bellamy hadnt got injured at the wrong time, Ironic that we play leeds today after that epic week where we won at highbury and elland road in two of the most memorable matches i can remember in my time that put us top at crimbo.

    Not sure about naming a stand after him though, Great for us but surely his best achievements were at ipswich where he rightly has a statue and a stand named after him…


  10. nolan said: “I envisaged spending the rest of my career at the club.

    “I was settled, happy and I adored the supporters.

    “I was captain of a huge club and played with a smashing group of lads I had untold respect for.

    “But ultimately I was forced out because I lost trust in key people at the club and when you lose trust in people it’s almost impossible to regain it.

    “From January and shortly following the sale of Andy Carroll to Liverpool, I was involved in ongoing discussions about signing a new contract between four and five years.

    “I discussed the deal at length with managing director Derek Llambias and even shook hands on it.

    “In my book when you do that man-to-man you expect them to see it through.

    “But what we talked about and what they finally offered me was laughable. They did a U-turn on what we agreed They showed me no respect. I felt totally betrayed.

    “Then they had the nerve to claim I rejected a new contract. What contract? A deferred option to increase my deal by 12 months with a bonus that hinged on the success of the team on the pitch the following season.


  11. rip heavens manager …id like to see krul
    tav willo collo feguson
    barton cabaye
    marveaux gutierez
    ba best
    that would be canny for leeds i think mabe 1 or two mite come from bench


  12. I can’t believe it’s been two years. It still feels like he’s here to be honest.


  13. So much love and respect for Sir Bob. I can only wonder what we might have achieved had that fat **** Shepherd shared it!


  14. @18. It’s an article dedicated SBR. A true gentleman and legend. Let’s leave it for that purpose.

    Your post has a;ready been made on another thread.

    Show a little respect.


  15. Having left the NE to take up a position of head greenkeeper at a rather prestigeous club in Reading a long time ago, my first major tournament was the Ladies Carlsberg open. Everything was ready and going well for the Pro-Am on the wednesday when, having offered to caddy on the day , was blessed to be given the bag of Bobby Robson. There are no superlatives to cover what may be said about this man other than a Wonderfull Gentle Man.
    All the way round it was jokes and pleasantries about Newcastle United.and NE life in general. Such a lovely lovely afternoon.
    After his game , we shook hands and he left to put his card in. I never saw him again after that as I had some serious prep for the first round proper the following day and Bobby obviously had other things to do. Ships that pass in the night eh. That was about 1988-9 when Bobby was about to take England to the World Cup, but we won’t go there. A lovely memory..


  16. What a massive loss to the Toon, and footie worldwide, im just glad that we had the pleasure of being managed by the great man.


  17. The best manager we’ve ever had, in my lifetime anyway. No question. Still remember that Sheffield game, Shearer’s 5 goals, beautiful stuff! RIP Sir Bobby


  18. Still remember the funeral service when Sir Alex Ferguson stood and spoke with such genuine warmth and humility about a great man, he had no script and spoke from the heart and i will always respect SAF for that despite his antics in the day to day running of ManU.


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