Comments for en-gb 30 Sun 01 Feb 2015 00:35:23 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at WhitleyBayWonTheVase I met Sir Bobby Robson on 2nd April 2003.I was fortunate enough to be invited to the post match dinner at The Stadium of Light when England played Turkey in a Euro 2004 qualifier (England won 2-0).In the room, amongst others, were Gary Lineker, Alan Hansen, Peter Reid, Mick McCarthy, Sir Peter Vardy and so on and so forth. Lots of very well known folk from football.One man stood head and shoulders above them all. He was polite, confident, affable, approachable and immensely warm. I spoke to him briefly, perhaps for 4-5 minutes at most, along with a colleague of mine who obtained his autograph. I wish, to this day, I had spent more time talking to him, yet ultimately didn't want to deprive others of the opportunity of talking to this enigmatic symbol of English football. Thinking back, maybe I was a little over awed. After all, I am of an age where I very vividly recall his reign at the helm of England, and even his time at Ipswich Town. So to me, Sir Bobby was a true icon of English footie and a man I had immense sympathy for because of his shocking treatment by the tabloids in the wake of his departure from the England job.Sympathy is a poor word for it. It was really admiration for him and contempt for the headline seeking journos who knew little better.Unlike others in the room, some of whom did not endear themselves to those in attednance, Sir Bobby lived up to and surpassed by expectation. A Knight - the true definition of one. Sun 09 Aug 2009 20:29:14 GMT+1 Harold Cohen Yes booby was a great person but, didnt he dropp Garry Linneker thus preserving Bobby Charlton's 49 goals for england!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Which Garry would have eclipsed Thu 06 Aug 2009 17:50:05 GMT+1 Faz @ joedavisroach My guess is that you didnt see "Robbo" because he is not, in fact, real. He is an annoying little character invented by some talentless journalist in the bbc who was a failed comedian.Any road......-----------------------------------------------------------Wow! talk about bitter and twisted. Somebody I regarded as talentless I would never take the time to read. Why are you here?Maybe you should head over to youtube and hang out with all the 12 yr old flamers. You should have fun there! Thu 06 Aug 2009 15:21:14 GMT+1 DrCajetanCoelho What a fine tribute to the kindest person I ever met. Thanks Robbo.I live with this great feeling of having enjoyed my Christmas meal with Sir Bobby Robson at Estoril on the outskirts of Lisbon way back in the early 1990s. Mrs. Robson was right there making me feel at ease with the nicest human being I met. Farewell Sir Bobby !Dr. Cajetan Coelho Thu 06 Aug 2009 07:57:54 GMT+1 Koko2010 "I can't think of a current manager who is so highly regarded as a human being"..Well he deserves all the respect, to bad the game no longer is what it was once .. Wed 05 Aug 2009 16:09:56 GMT+1 gfdsghf a great testimonial for a great man. Wed 05 Aug 2009 14:39:34 GMT+1 geezerAussiedave I was very lucky to have met Sir Bobby on a couple of occasions and to say he was a perfet gentleman would be an understatement.He made me feel like I was the most important person he had met on both occasions.He took the time to talk to me, and gave me an address to write to him at.And took the trouble to reply to me personally.Being a Nottingham Forest fan I had always wanted to meet (Sir)Brian Clough, which I did, but I was equally thrilled when I met Sir Bobby.I do not think we will ever see the likes of him again, his passion for the game, his entusiasm, his knowledge, his modesty, and above all his ability to associate with the average football fan.He never compalined once about the way he was treated by England, Barcelona and finally his beloved Newcastle, Sir Bobby just carried on and thrilled us all.LEGEND is used all to often, Now that Sir Bobby has passed away, they should now retire the word legend, as it would not be fitting to use for anyone else.R.I.P Sir Bobby and God Bless all your family amd friends. Wed 05 Aug 2009 10:36:24 GMT+1 Carlonso Hmmm REF 97I see my cockney rhyming slang towards the gutter press didn't go down well with the moderators...To Sir Bobby... Wed 05 Aug 2009 09:42:38 GMT+1 FaveColourBeige shrimpkebab you missed out 'great player' - 20 England caps when they were like golddust - my 86 year old mum told me and she could probably name only a few other players eg best, greaves, charlton etc. Tue 04 Aug 2009 23:13:33 GMT+1 Spitfire 140: Let it go Robbo.We all do crazy things when young. Tue 04 Aug 2009 20:32:32 GMT+1 GazUtd 140Now Robbo you know I come from Ireland, along with a lot of other United supporters.Mind you, one time when I was flying over for a game (I fly to Newcastle, don't ask) there was a Boro fan on the plane.I can only assume he was Boro born and bread and moved to Ireland for some reason. Although he didn't look like he came from Boro, he had all his fingers and his eyes weren't crossed. (Thankfully he also didn't have a big nose because if I had to say that it could have gotten ugly).Although I'd never heard of that Parmo before, the pics look wonderful, pity I went to Weightwatchers last week. Life isn't fair. Tue 04 Aug 2009 19:42:47 GMT+1 sandcastlejim nice blog Robbo - we all agree that Sir Bobby Robson was first and foremost a decent bloke.Also we all know what a bunch of hypocrites the tabloids are. Can't believe the tributes they've been coming up with - don't remember much of that during his England tenure.And final point, I agree with others that your comments on Adlington are cruel and uncalled for.Would Sir Bobby have stooped that low ? I think we all know the answer. Tue 04 Aug 2009 19:22:26 GMT+1 TrotterUSA 140Robbo, in what year did Sir Bobby face this difficult decision? All those years ago your main attractions were a greyhound flapping track and bingo. Tue 04 Aug 2009 19:17:35 GMT+1 Robbo Robson 123. At 1:00pm on 04 Aug 2009, GazUtd wrote:Ah yes, Fulham, heart of the capital. Beside the river. Nice restaurants, shopping, parks and nightlife.Who would ever put that before Middlesbrough. Unthinkable._________________________________________________________________________This from a United fan, so clearly you'll know West London intimately. Besides, we've got a river. And restaurants - some of them have tables and chairs in them that aren't nailed down. We have parks and shops and nightlife too, it's just that when the wind comes from the wrong direction it's hard to see all that through the smog and the whiff of parmo. Tue 04 Aug 2009 19:08:20 GMT+1 kevfullo Well in Robbo, nicely put.I'm sure I'll never say this again in response to your blog but you speak for everyone this time!I'd like to see a few more people in public life show the common decency and honesty that Sir Bobby did. I never met him meself but you always got the impression that the feller you saw on telly would be the same one that you see at home or in the pub. A sad loss all round, I don't think we will ever see the likes of him again in footy do you?R.I.P.Sir Bobcheers Robbo. Tue 04 Aug 2009 19:01:34 GMT+1 TrotterUSA ....and once again Gaz proves that he has a nose for the truth! Tue 04 Aug 2009 17:18:31 GMT+1 GazUtd Things we have learned from this weeks blog....a) Sir Bobby was a gent and respected by nearly allb) You can insult the look of any man on the face of the planet but you may not say anything at all bad about a woman.In other news scientists have discovered that there are a large portion of lonely males who have never had a girlfriend and spend an inordinate amount of time on the internet.You can usually view this phenomenon by saying something bad about a woman anywhere on the internet. The pack of wild males will usually jump to her defence in the hope that other women will be impressed and maybe speak to them. Tue 04 Aug 2009 17:04:26 GMT+1 onthebreak Tue 04 Aug 2009 17:00:24 GMT+1 BeyondThePale Blessed are the big-noses.And cursed are those who can't help but prattle on about curmudgeonly old tossrs who have neither the wit nor wisdom to test themselves outside their comfort zones, preferring instead to hang around for decades in the same job out of pure bitterness.Sir Robert Robson, RIP. Tue 04 Aug 2009 16:32:31 GMT+1 nigeweir Beautifully written as per usual Robbo, you covered it all.People die everyday and yet the passing of this fella bothers me.RIP to a wonderful human being. Tue 04 Aug 2009 16:19:56 GMT+1 Strummer I have never really enjoyed your blog but here you have written a gem,a great mix of humour and respect which is how Sir Bobby seemed to live his life.Bravo to you and to the most part of the posters Tue 04 Aug 2009 16:04:13 GMT+1 Blue_Baby40 #41 - Anyway, as always, somebody's nose gets put out of joint!In this case, poor old Becky's... Tue 04 Aug 2009 15:42:11 GMT+1 blades_and_barca Whatever tribute you catch, you'll hear nothing about 4-3-1-2, 'Christmas Tree', "Second Ball" or any of that tactical stuff. Bobby Robson achieved what he achieved -a helluvalot- by recognising that football is, quintessentially, a simple game. That's not demeaning the great man - and there were of course subtleties to his approach. But, ultimately, he won what he won by getting the most out of his players, whether they were untried 17-year olds or old pros like Shearer. He commanded the right mixture of fear and respect. Sounds so simple, doesn't it? Yet, if it were, we'd all be winning Championships across the Continent - and coming within inches and horrors of winning World Cups... Tue 04 Aug 2009 14:56:02 GMT+1 dyrewolfe To the folks getting their panties in a twist over Robbo's comparison of Rebecca Adlingtona nd Paul Mariner...I think you need to take a reality check.It was just a throw-away comment with a grain of truth in it...hardly what you could classify as a personal attack on either Paul or Becca.I've certainly heard (well, read) worse on the 606 forums. Some unkind soul went as far as to say the reason she's so fast is she has a shark-fin on her face!Personally, I think she's a bonny lass, as well as being a great swimmer. Tue 04 Aug 2009 13:38:45 GMT+1 Friendlycard 82: bramwellpowers:"Not that more than a handful of fans wanted him replaced".Good point, and I didn't mean for a moment that the fans were responsible. I think the fans knew very well that Sir Bobby had made Newcastle top-of-the-table contenders whereas, when he arrived, they'd been in relegation danger. Sacking Sir Bobby was a daft decision by the board in defiance of fans' wishes, and in defiance of common sense as well. I'm sure that, if the fans had been asked, they'd have kept him as manager. Newcastle's owners seem to have an established history of bad decisions when the fans could have told them they were making a mistake. Newcastle fans deserve far better than the way this great club has been run in recent years. Tue 04 Aug 2009 13:33:18 GMT+1 StratfordBlade Good tribute to a top man of your Robson tribe, young Del!Says it all really. The first I heard of the demise of one MJ Jackson was a rather bad taste joke sent to my mobile. Nearly all public figures will attract this sort of thing in this day and age. They may have been ultra-successful, earned the GNP of a small country but with most there is a foible, a fault, a failing that leaves them open to ridicule, even in their death. Ignore the press (hypocrisy personified), don't take too much notice of the bizarre behaviour masquerading as support from those that follow the game, but check the response of ordinary Joe Public. Watch the various forums, chats, letters and reactions that are aired. I have seen no jokes, sick or otherwise. No comments along the lines, 'Yeah, he was good, but..........' You got none of that because in a sport known for it's pettiness and back-stabbing, Sir Bobby never, ever let go of his roots, his background and upbringing. Working-class principles and attitudes of a bygone age personified in his dignity, when people did their best to drag him down. A real gentleman who was a credit to his family, his town, his class, his region, his country and humanity in general.RIP Sir Bobby. Quality! Tue 04 Aug 2009 13:31:38 GMT+1 dyrewolfe Brilliant tribute Robbo.Farewell Sir Bobby. You may be gone but you will never be forgotten. Its an amazing and rare thing for one person (especially a footballer / manager) to have touched so many peoples' lives in such a positive way, both in his chosen profession and with his charity work.Thanks to both of the above, his legacy and his memory will live on.To echo sentiments already expressed here, we could do with a few more like Bobby, especially in today's money-obsessed, egocentric version of the sport he loved. Tue 04 Aug 2009 13:09:41 GMT+1 bramwellpowers Re 105 and 122 I read your comments. Fact- You were clearly complaining of hypocrisy that Newcastle fans led tributes to Sir Bobby after some spat on him whilst he was England manager.Fact - I didn't say Newcastle fans did or didn't do this, so I'm not sure why you've repeated yourself.Fact - Ipswich fans turned on Bobby a few years into the job to the extent that the chairman apologised to him for their behaviour.To apply your logic you shouldn't be saying anything decent about him. Or we can all praise his great achievements, please yourself about what he achieved as a manager, but certainly what he achieved in life, no matter who we support instead of taking any opportunity to ridicule fans from other clubs. And it is a big nose. It can't be denied. Tue 04 Aug 2009 12:43:48 GMT+1 TrotterUSA 123Chuckle chuckle chuckle Tue 04 Aug 2009 12:39:09 GMT+1 m-high-ty-mariner Fitting tribute to a wonderful man and manager.The press claim to be reporting the news, and the views of the person in the street, yet it's not until they have passed away that they give the respect and adoration they deserve.I am not picking on the BBC, but the tabloid newspapers. I met an ex manager who was vilified by the press, who was and still is a good man. Tue 04 Aug 2009 12:18:39 GMT+1 GazUtd Ah yes, Fulham, heart of the capital. Beside the river. Nice restaurants, shopping, parks and nightlife.Who would ever put that before Middlesbrough. Unthinkable. Tue 04 Aug 2009 12:00:20 GMT+1 WabitElmerFudd "Our Bobby" was to good to bicker over, so just for clarifcation to '106' I wish he would have read my comments before getting out of your pram.Please note the word 'some' and it makes no difference if you were or were not born, it was a FACT that Geordies turned on him when he dropped KK from the England squad.As for the £1.5m this is a fine achiement, and you may be aware that a chunk of that money came from East Anglia. Tue 04 Aug 2009 11:51:24 GMT+1 Robbo Robson Actually I have one criticisim for the great man. Turns out that as a young player he chose Fulham over Middlesbrough. Unthinkable. Tch. Tue 04 Aug 2009 11:48:13 GMT+1 Gareth dareth more than others Whilst I agree wholeheartedly with all the tributes to Sir Bobby I would say that one other manager inspired similar feelings f being universally loved and that was Martin Jol. Tue 04 Aug 2009 11:37:33 GMT+1 bredtobered-forum troll 78. At 8:06pm on 03 Aug 2009, enjpmm wrote:a load of bet is you have a massive snout yourself. its the only explination as to why your getting so worked up. I know becky from school and she wouldn't be bothered about robbos comparisons so you'll have to be a pedant somewhere else pal.RIP sir bobby. Tue 04 Aug 2009 11:16:13 GMT+1 whatbill Why is it fine to say Mariner's nose is massive but not Adlington's?Bobby Robson RIP. Tue 04 Aug 2009 11:16:05 GMT+1 b20villa Sorry "poisition" should read position. Tue 04 Aug 2009 11:08:21 GMT+1 RedBlueArmy92 113 & 114 (and 3): Yeah spot on fellas... Thier is always someone who will be a tool... as is life! Little ashamed of myself for taking the bait. So many have mentioned that Sir Bobby was above that sort of thing, something which sets him apart from the modern crop of managers, a reminder to take wind up merchants with a pinch of salt... Hey i just learnt something of value, i feel like the Grinch when his heart grows in size! Tue 04 Aug 2009 11:07:27 GMT+1 b20villa Sir Bobby was IMO a true gentleman and a very good manager. I wonder now how those Newcastle players who behaved the way they did now hang their heads in shame. I wouldn't mind betting that some of those overpaid shameless "my manager doesn't love me enough" types have paid tribute to this great man. The same can be said for some of those tabloid "red top" papers. I have never supported one of Sir Bobby's teams and have had a season ticket since the 1970's for another premiership club however I can say in all honesty if he had ever been appointed the manager of "my club" I would have been happy. IMO it was so called "player power" that meant Sir Bobby leaving his beloved Newcastle. Just to prove what a shambles the club has become over the last few years, I was at the match when Gareth Barry had to separate Kieron Dyer and a certain Lee Bowyer to prevent them knocking nine bells out of each other. What would Newcastle supporters give to be in the poisition they were in when Sir Bobby was sacked? Tue 04 Aug 2009 11:07:20 GMT+1 Zootmac Ref 113It was always a difficult pitch, delivering a suitable tribute to a fine man (appropriate in what is essentially a footy blog) in a manner in keeping with the much-loved (by most of us) Robbo column.I thought you did it rather well, myself. Posting 3 summed it up succinctly and pretty much perfectly. Tue 04 Aug 2009 10:45:56 GMT+1 Robbo Robson Wish I'd never mentioned Rebecca Adlington. I will never compare the noses of a comtemporary freestyle swimmer with that of a clumsy but strangely successful lunk of a centre-forward ever again. Jeez! Tue 04 Aug 2009 10:32:20 GMT+1 Sanjay100 Sir Bobby had human qualities that no amount of money can buy. His passion wasn't just his work, but clearly he was genuinely, deep down passionate about the people who he came into contact with. This is why football itself is not enough to define the person.It is also right to pay a tribute to Mrs Robson and her family. If they are reading this, then for all the right reasons your husband lives on in people's hearts and minds. Tue 04 Aug 2009 10:31:29 GMT+1 Were Ngoging to Ibiza "We didn't underestimate them, they were just a lot better than we thought" RIP Sir Bobby, despite the effort of some puerile muppet who is more interested in defending the honour of some hook nosed watery bint who i am sure would show complete indifference to the comments than he is about remembering the greatest man in football, you'll never be forgotten Tue 04 Aug 2009 10:26:02 GMT+1 RedDevil4Life Top blog written about a top bloke. R.I.P Bobby - You will always be remembered for being a great Manager and a great guy! Tue 04 Aug 2009 10:11:29 GMT+1 Eddy Cordoza Re 54. dandolinhoJust couldn't resist, could you?On subject: Bobby Robson - great manager, greater bloke. Tue 04 Aug 2009 09:53:26 GMT+1 lordSUPERFRED Niicholson , Lyall, Paisley, Busby , gentleman all , but the king and LAST of a breed was Robson .His legacy goes back to Haynes and Hill , pre maximum wage , he was one of the few from that era whose head was not turned by money when the floodgates opened in the 90,s .Contract and gentlemens agreement was his his ethos .Loved and respected by all who came into his contact , we will miss the passing of this man , perhaps only Zola will carry the flag for the gentleman now Tue 04 Aug 2009 09:52:19 GMT+1 Rovers Return - HKR AWAY DAYS There's only one Bobby Robson. RIP. Tue 04 Aug 2009 09:50:00 GMT+1 bramwellpowers Comment 105 is disgraceful. To slate Newcastle fans for leading tributes to Sir Bobby because a handful spat at him (I'll take your word for it as it was before I was born)when he was England, not Newcastle, manager is pathetic.Fans in the north-east contributed £1.5m to his foundation for cancer research and treatment ( for anyone wanting to donate) and over 33,000 turned up to a friendly last week to show their appreciation when most are pretty fed up with football at the moment, and thousands more were out of the country who would love to have gone. Listen to the reception he got and look at what it meant to him.What do you gain by saying such juvenile things? Tue 04 Aug 2009 09:22:30 GMT+1 WabitElmerFudd Its weird, something pulled me home to Suffolk on Friday morning from where I live near Milton Keynes, then during the journey the news came through that we have all expected for a couple of years, that Bobby had lost his last fight against cancer; but it still came as a hammer blow. Listening to Alan Brazil on Talksport, then BBC Radio Suffolk most of the day while I did little jobs around my holiday homes in Blythburgh and Southwold with tears running down my face.I couldnt get to Portman Road for the minute silence, but was able to place some blue-flowers beside his statue before going into the ground at about 8 oclock. Very disappointed that only 5-6,000 attended on this special occasion, but in the 2nd half the chants and the standing up and clapping for Bobby was very special.I was lucky enough to see Robson's first and last games at Portman Road and probably only missed about 15-20 during those 13 wonderful years. Being at Carrow Road when we lifted the Texaco Cup, at Wembley for the FA Cup and Amsterdam for the UEFA cup where obvious highlights, but the quality of that 80-82 team was amazing, and 11 against 11 would walk over most teams of today, remember we were runners-up twice in the era when Liverpool, Forest and Villa where European Cup winners.I am also not proud to admit, I was in the north stand as a spotty oik chanting Robson Out the night George Best almost beat us on his own, but thankfully "Mr John" had 100% more sense than us idiots. I also often disagreed with what went on at the Club, but looking back I now realise he believed the Club must always come first, so he resisted buying Pat Jennings or Chris Woods, or another defender when Beattie played guy fawkes, or, or or which would have made us that extra 1% better to have lifted more trophies.I have had 3 brothers die of cancer, and if there is a football ground up there I know they will be now very proud that Shankly, Stein, Paisley, Ramsey, Revie, Greenwood and Clough will be worried because Bobby is now up there with them to pick a team for us. Actually, my oldest brother was a real 'Ramsey man', and felt that Bobby would never top what Alf did for us and England, and he was sadly proved right.Ipswich supporters NEVER turned against Bobby during tough times when he was with England and elsewhere, so it makes me very angry to hear the hypocrisy of some journalists (who vilified him), Newcastle supporters (who spat at him) and Newcastle directors (who sh@t on him) for them to be leading the praise of OUR Bobby.I know the great man would have been very chuffed to know that a 16 year old kid scored such a great goal for Ipswich on Friday night, he believed in the kids, kept the goods ones and moved on the others, lets hope the new regime are doing the same thing. In all the years he was associated with Town I only spoke to his 3 times, but will always remember how he replied to my question (when I think he was manager of Porto and back for a book signing) what do you think of Ipswich now?, his reply (which he has also said in TV interviews, Ipswich will always be close to me heart, and they are the biggest little club in the world. Says, it all GREAT Tue 04 Aug 2009 08:40:43 GMT+1 Starburst_995 Terrific blog Robbo.Just a shame that even on a blog dedicated to the passing of a great man there's some idiots who have nothing better to do than insult you.Says a lot about their character if you ask me ... Tue 04 Aug 2009 08:23:34 GMT+1 markadoi84 #78 - enjpmmI think perhaps you should listen to Robbo's latest demo tape (a cover of 'Big Mouth Strikes Again' by the Smiths) to cheer you up. Regardless of that, can I assume that derisory remarks concerning somebody's looks can only be made towards people that you personally dislike? I think you go on to call other people contradictory after that...strange, or perhaps you have a sharp sense of irony? I also fear you are also both sexist and ageist, as you suggest it is unfair to pick on a "20 year old girl". Of course you wouldn't take offense to people mocking Gary Lineker's ears, as he's a 40-something year old male - and perhaps one you dislike as well. How generous of you to stick up for the weak. How is that complaint coming along by the way? Speaking of which, I may make my own complaint - what about your insulting insinuations regarding poor Mariner? You seem to think has such a terrible nose that one should not dare compare it with somebody elses. Shame on you, sir. Furthermore, Robbo never said anything derogatory about Addlington's hooter, he merely implied that Mariner has a similar one. Therefore you expose your own prejudice towards Addlington's nose by immediately interpreting this to be derogatory. Now, go make yourself a nice cup of tea, calm down a bit, and and once you've done that, get a life."I think people should be treated according to how they behave." Then I assume you will understand the reaction to your pathetic post. Tue 04 Aug 2009 07:53:11 GMT+1 redandblackT-Save 606 Great tribute to a great man.By the way R.Addlington looks like Gonzo from the muppet show! Tue 04 Aug 2009 07:31:30 GMT+1 etienne123 Isn't Adlington in Chroley, where Paul Mariner's from? Do they all have big conks there? Tue 04 Aug 2009 05:36:45 GMT+1 Footnotes Top man indeed. Sincere respect and gratitude to the Robson family. For English football management, sadly, I think it's all over. Tue 04 Aug 2009 02:29:25 GMT+1 theurbaneguerilla Farewell Sir Bobby.What a canny man.Who did more than many can.Got England to a semi-final,Despite the FA's lack of spinal.Never cursed his luck.Never passed the buck.Never acted unprofessional.Always honest in the press confessional.Played for his national team.Honoured by his nation's Queen.Forgot some famous players' names.Had more wins than losing games.Sir Bobby was an honest chap,Not given to dramatic flap.His character unstained,Through lessons that his life ingrained.No tribute to you can surpassYour genuine, undoubted class.Your legacy will linger on.So fare thee well,Sir Bobby Robson. Tue 04 Aug 2009 01:40:42 GMT+1 Sarfend4ever I ran into Bobby on a beach in Bermuda where I live and told him I thought it unfair how the newspapers had pilloried him before he was replaced. He simply smiled and walked on thinking of course (a) how insightful I was and (b) what a pain in the whatsits it is to run into some idiot on the beach when he's trying to cool out. I think this counts as meeting him even though he said nothing at any point. This said I cannot think of a manager since him that counts as a quality individual as well as a decent manager. 1990 remains an agonising time for me and I will always remember how it was that a team that bad could go so far and put it down to Bobby's abilities. RIP -- you deserve all the praise that you receive although it does grate that those who whined so much before can now hold you up for the respect you truly deserve. And you do. Your like will likely be never seen again in the current monied times, more is the pity. Tue 04 Aug 2009 01:09:13 GMT+1 Carlonso This post has been Removed Mon 03 Aug 2009 23:57:41 GMT+1 Jordan D SPOTY 2007. Lifetime Achievement Award for Sir Bobby. The standing ovation and the presentation given by Sir Alex still to this day make the hair on the back of my neck stand up.A man respected by his peers, and loved by his public. A gentleman and a man who will be utterly missed.Robbo - definitely on the mark this week. Sir Bobby - Rest In Peace. Mon 03 Aug 2009 23:13:05 GMT+1 vestrypark Never supported a team managed by him, never knew him as a player but what I saw of him as a person was remarkable, absolutely loveable man who always had a great smile that showed compassion and understanding to all. He was absolutely superb as a manager and is a TRUE legend. He will live forever in my memory and I dont think there will be anyone like him again. Sir Bobby the legend of legends Mon 03 Aug 2009 22:37:57 GMT+1 TrotterUSA GAZUTDWell, we responded to #66 and were either moderated or complained about, no idea who would do that! It might be the case that JesusFChrist is in fact the very same Hand Of God, just now unfortunately attached to a keyboard.Perhaps you can pen something appropriate that won't be moderated? Mon 03 Aug 2009 22:37:37 GMT+1 sheff_blue @84. Interesting post, shame it completely ignores the facts.Ipswich Town (hardly giants of the world game) won the FA Cup and UEFA Cup under Robson. They also repeatedly finished in high positions in the First Division including runners-up twice. Interestingly, during his thirteen year tenure, he brought in only 14 players from other clubs, relying instead on players developed through Ipswich's youth programmes.I'm sure even you know that Robson is England's most successful manager after Ramsey and achieved the country's best world cup finish overseas, so I'll move on. He then went to Holland to manage PSV, who won the Dutch league in both the 199091 and 199192 seasons. He then went to Portugal, where he was sacked in December 1993 with the club sitting at top of the league table for the first time in fifteen years. However, Porto recognised his extraordinary achievement so immediately hired him.Porto were in a poor state when Robson arrived and the average attendance had dwindled to 10,000. The club promptly went on to beat Robson's former club, Sporting, in the Portuguese Cup final, following that achievement with successive League titles in the 199495 and 199596 seasons. Suffering from malignant melanoma and missing the first few months of the 199596 season, Robson still successfully led Porto in defence of their league title.Robson took over at Barcelona in July 1996, for a brief spell during which Barcelona won the Spanish Cup, Spanish Super Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup. He later returned to manage PSV on a short-term deal for the 199899 season. PSV missed out on the league title, finishing third, but Robson still led the club to qualification for the Champions League on the last day of the season.As has been documented above, Robson then worked his magic at Newcastle, including 2 top 4 finishes and Champions League football.So - a glittering career all over Europe and at both club and international level. To compare his achievements to Dave Sexton's is pathetic.RIP Sir Bobby Mon 03 Aug 2009 22:35:46 GMT+1 MelbourneSteve Just on Ferguson. I've lost count of the number of up and coming managers past and present who have revealed that they ring SAF for advice on occasion which he apparently is happy to give. Yes he's a hard bastard and doesn't like losing but he also appears to be generous in that way. Mon 03 Aug 2009 22:26:22 GMT+1 Hharry Hhotspur It's amazing how somebody's death can cloud people's thinking. To say that English football has never had a better ambassador than Sir Bobby Robson ignores the role played by the other Sir Bobby, i.e. Bobby Charlton. Sir Bobby C is renowned and amired the world over for his integrity, sense of fair play and loyalty. That said, Sir Bobby R was a fine manager and a fine man, who will be sorely missed by every lover of the game. Both Sir Bobbies share(d) the same decency and modesty - two attributes sadly lacking in so many major figures in today's game.RIP, Sir Bobby, you will be missed. Mon 03 Aug 2009 21:59:43 GMT+1 mikelav Football will really miss Sir Bobby Robson and all he has done for the game.I had a chance to meet him and he absolute quality ,what a gentleman.RIP Sir Bobby Robson!!! Mon 03 Aug 2009 21:57:19 GMT+1 IRW030370 A brilliant brilliant man. Other than him? Good question. There are people who will never get recognised, but have given just as much, if not more. Dario Grady, for example. Both him and Bobby are true servants. Mon 03 Aug 2009 21:54:09 GMT+1 Faustino Fully agree about the great Sir Bobby, just want to add that the Hall side of my family in Northumberland were also Border reivers. My Hall grandmother married a Scottish Cunningham, also known for banditry with a motto "Over fork over." It's debatable whether that was their highway tactics or their devotion to tilling the soil.I suspect I'm related to Sir John, who has the classic Hall receding-temple hairline, though I wouldn't celebrate it if proven.And for the record, I'm the nicest and most honest chap you'ld ever hope to meet (other than Sir Bobby). Mon 03 Aug 2009 21:33:01 GMT+1 scottydog50 What happened to Nigel Clarke of the Daily Mirror? Fried I hope! Mon 03 Aug 2009 21:21:51 GMT+1 scottydog50 What happened to Nigel Clarke of the Daily Mirrow? Fried I hope! Mon 03 Aug 2009 21:21:21 GMT+1 robsep2b Bobby Robson - A Class Act ..... I cried when I heard the news that he'd passed away ..... and I cried even more when I saw some of the fabulous clips online about him. The pinacle has to be the 2007 award ceremony at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. Forget what was said (which, considering it was all CLEARLY off the cuff, was simply magnificent and emphasised perfectly Sir Bobby's personality) and just focus on the applause ..... encapsulates the man for all to see.The pathetic bickering by people on here is an insult to him and his memory. I don't care WHAT your opinion is of Robbo the Blog ..... for once in your existance just draw breath ..... calm down ..... and remember the man who's touched the nation. Rest in peace my friend. It would be nice to think that good manners and compassion is not quite out of the equation yet ..... Mon 03 Aug 2009 21:21:02 GMT+1 paul hewson I hate to spoil the party, but March 1984.Robson out, Clough in badges.I got mine, from the Sun newspaper.He failed in 1984 and also by playing Hoddle in a free role in 1988.But this all seems to be forgotten.Nice men dont make great managers.We had one once.Called Dave Sexton, came second in the league and lost in FA cup.Err that was it. Mon 03 Aug 2009 21:07:37 GMT+1 U10407863 Fergie? Mon 03 Aug 2009 20:28:19 GMT+1 bramwellpowers 67. At 6:08pm on 03 Aug 2009, Friendlycard wrote:Why Newcastle sacked him - when he'd taken them from the relegation zone to 3rd in the league - baffles me to this day.-------------------------------------------------------------------------Not that more than a handful of fans wanted him replaced, but it should be noted that Newcastle had slipped back a touch by the time of Bobby's sacking (not so much a fifth place finish but a sense that the team were playing poorly), but not one person in Newcastle would have swapped him for Souness.Whether the decline came as a result of a lack of backing from Freddy Shepherd, who was too involved in pursuing his own transfer policy, or possibly his age, we'll never know. However a significant part was played by some of his team who behaved disgracefully at Middlesborough at the start of the season refusing to play in certain positions lest it dent their international prospects. This isn't the time or place to name individuals (some of whom have made their own touching tributes) but before this turns into another attack on Newcastle fans, the actions of some of the players should be highlighted. Unfortunately it wasn't the players involved who were moved on, but instead Robson was sacked and Newcastle have been suffering from a lack of commitment from their players ever since culminating in this seasons capitulation. Mon 03 Aug 2009 19:57:36 GMT+1 xpat73 Nice blog post. I still laugh at the 1988 Sun healdine after Robson's side lost or drew with Saudi Arabia..."England Mustapha New Manager" Mon 03 Aug 2009 19:45:54 GMT+1 panchopuskas Thanks, Robbo, I share your feelings. Funny, though, how the old managers were a class apart as far as human qualities are concerned. Cloughie, for all his bluster was another fine man. I know somebody who knew him well and said he had a heart of gold. So, too, did Matt Busby, Laurie McMenemy, Bob Paisley and the great Bill Shankley. They also shared a great sense of humour, just like Bobby Robson, and didn't take themselves too seriously.How things have changed. It's almost too sad for words. Mon 03 Aug 2009 19:21:19 GMT+1 GazUtd I've been away in Scotland for a few days, what did I miss? Apart from something to eat that isn't deep fried.Zoot and Trotter, what's with the moderation, have you 2 been misbehaving? Tut, tut.Being Irish obviously Sir Bobby never meant as much to me as the rest of you but of course I agree with everything good said about him.What has annoyed me the last few days was the usual media forgetfulness, I wonder how many of those who hounded him out of the England job in such a disgraceful way were at the head of the eulogising queue?And not forgetting any chance to bring up the "Hand Of God". For all of our sakes, yours included, let it go. Mon 03 Aug 2009 19:08:43 GMT+1 enjpmm @28 markadoi84I'll direct my endeavours wherever i like thank you. No, I wouldn't stick up for Anne Widdecombe in the same way - I think people should be treated according to how they behave. I've seen Anne W talk some self-serving nonsense in her time. Rebecca A has always conducted herself well and so deserves some respect. You (and all the others who made the same point) are totally contradicting yourself by ending saying "can you imagine people of his generation acting like this" - this is precisely my point, can you imagine a truly great man such as Sir Bobby ever saying such a thing, completely out of the blue and for no reason, about a 20 year old girl? @29. lanzageordie I'll comment whenever and wherever I feel people are acting like idiots. You, and all the rest who just think I'm an idiot and actually bother to post to tell me so - and so also pollute the comments (the very charge against me) in order to defend what was clearly an unfunny, cheap shot - are quite obviously just not considerate people, so there's no point in discussion, we'll have to agree to differ.@22 SaintOne>>"Why do you assume he was comparing Mariner to R. Addlington? Perhaps he speaks of another? You concluded he was referring to the Gold medal winning Addlington, but why? The fact he mentioned Addlington-nose and you assume it is a) an insult and b) about the swimmer shows you have some form of prejudice yourself!"Oh my, have I had a taste of my own medicine! Let me go away and consult some philosophy books to see if this argument can possibly be countered!!! Proud as you may be with this oldest and lamest of all strategies, let's actually examine it....Another Adlington? Name one? Thought so. Yawn....So you appear to be saying that noticing something is true about someone and saying it out loud for no reason lie the same on the good-evil scale? Being able to recognise someone else making an insult means you are also a bad person, as you must not SEE any possible blemishes (and lets not forget, eye of the beholder and all that.) in/on anyone? Is this your point? So, it's not ok to see such a blemish but ignore them (as I do)? You say I must not be able to even, in my own brain, acknowledge them or I am just as bad as one who brings it up for no reason on the BBC Sport website. I must in fact create a virtual reality in my own brain constantly or otherwise when i make the simple (and, erm, correct) deduction that I did, I am in fact just as bad as "Robbo". Give me a break.....actually, you're all right, this is pathetic. i concede. Mon 03 Aug 2009 19:06:54 GMT+1 Spitfire Where would we find a man so well respected by all?R.I.P. Sir Bobby.There will always be some dim wits who have no decency. Mon 03 Aug 2009 19:01:41 GMT+1 Red Nosed Burglar Great article dedicated to a true LEGEND.#66 If you are so against Robbo, why do you even read this article, let alone any of his? At times Robbo can be like fingernails scratching a blackboard, but at other times, like today, he can smack on. A wonderful tribute.This is not a time for criticism; it is a time for reflection and thanksgiving. Mon 03 Aug 2009 18:19:40 GMT+1 cbpp300 great article as usual about a great man. on the issue of noses, i was watching an old episode of FRIENDS, Ross looks at the Janice's baby and says "did you see that baby behind the nose", think it would be a fair comment to pass on the addlington. Mon 03 Aug 2009 18:10:27 GMT+1 captainmatt_williams an outstanding british manager that unlike his contemporaries achieved success at the highest-level Sir Bob. Mon 03 Aug 2009 18:06:27 GMT+1 Robokopthe3rd Sir Bobby Robson was a top bloke who was a good man, yet at the same time a very influential coach. Sir Alex received his advice gladly, Sven Goran Erikkson paid Robson a visit at Ipswich when he was unknown outside Sweden to learn from the great man. And there are many coaches and managers who played under Sir Bobby who he inspired. Jose Mourinho was his translator and no. 2 at Barca. I also believe that he was probably Englands best manager. No disrespect in anyway to Sir Alf Ramsey (another ex-Ipswich manager), but in 66 it was at home. Yes, in 70 in Mexico England also did well, but to take a vastly underacheiving team in 88 to within a whisker of the final in 90 requires good coaching. Certainly Enlgand have never been closer since Robsons days. Euro 96 doesnt count as England should have gone out to Spain in the qf as they wrongfully had a goal dissallowed. And Venables is not in the same bracket as Robson. I ran the Great North Run in 99, when Peter Reid (Sunderland manager at the time), and Sir Bobby were the official race starters. At the end, just after I crossed the line Sir Bobby was talking with someone one metre away from me! So I feel I kind of half knew him :) Sir Bobby Robson YNWA Mon 03 Aug 2009 18:06:16 GMT+1 Zootmac Ref 63Say it ain't so, Joe Mon 03 Aug 2009 17:55:50 GMT+1 OLDGOLD58 Sir Bobby Robson was one of the true gentlemen of English football. He was deserving of his knighthood and conducted himself correctly at all times. Not for him the bickering and mud slinging so prevalent among some managers in the premier league. He was above all that. Should anybody need a role model look no further than Bobby Robson. He was all that is good about English football. Sir Bobby your charm and pleasant manner will be sadly missed for I fear you are the last of that ilk. The world of football is worse off for your departure. Thank you for all the good memories. Mon 03 Aug 2009 17:55:10 GMT+1 Zootmac This post has been Removed Mon 03 Aug 2009 17:52:15 GMT+1 TrotterUSA This post has been Removed Mon 03 Aug 2009 17:49:30 GMT+1 Virtuet Robson thought Ferguson was a great man.Well that undone all the nice things people have been saying about him. I cannot think of a worse thing to say about a man whom unlike Fegie never intimidated referees or slagged other teams and their managers. Mon 03 Aug 2009 17:39:11 GMT+1 Friendlycard Robbo, I usually like your articles, but this is one of your very best - a great tribute to a fine man, and with humour very nicely and gently judged. Sir Bobby was that rare combination, a genius and a gentleman - his generosity and kindness put a lot of so-called 'successful' managers to shame. I also happen to think he was England's best manager - as you rightly say, just a handball and a penalty away from World Cup success. Why Newcastle sacked him - when he'd taken them from the relegation zone to 3rd in the league - baffles me to this day. Mon 03 Aug 2009 17:08:55 GMT+1 U14029869 This post has been Removed Mon 03 Aug 2009 17:08:48 GMT+1 Riggadon Is Robbo real?God nose.On a lighter note, Addlington and Carl Froch should get it lord, the children that those two could produce!!!!!!! Mon 03 Aug 2009 17:01:20 GMT+1 JoeDavisRoach Mon 03 Aug 2009 16:57:38 GMT+1 JoeDavisRoach 58. At 5:46pm on 03 Aug 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:55. At 5:06pm on 03 Aug 2009, yourhavingmeon wrote:I met Sir Bobby once and can vouch that the man you saw on the tv screen was the man in real life. A true gentleman.By the way Robbo, I was in Middlebrough a fortnight ago and specifically went for a drink in the Blue Bell at Acklam on the Friday night. Where were you?_________________________________________________________________________Who said it was the one in Acklam? Any road I was on a little holiday... not telling you where or you'll be seeking out the caravan park when I'm trying to relax.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------My guess is that you didnt see "Robbo" because he is not, in fact, real. He is an annoying little character invented by some talentless journalist in the bbc who was a failed comedian.Any road...... Mon 03 Aug 2009 16:54:39 GMT+1 Bellypork Superb stuff Robbo.....rusty nails indeed! :o) Mon 03 Aug 2009 16:53:00 GMT+1 shrimpkebab The 1990 World Cup was the first one I really remember - I was 12 and that summer was really the time I fell in love with football. I thought Bobby Robson was a great manager and even then, you could tell he was a man of principles.Its a shame that he was treated shabbily by Newcastle in his final role....I think its fair to say that there will never be another man quite like him - great coach, great man manager, great person and a great memory of player names!RIP Sir Bobby Mon 03 Aug 2009 16:51:23 GMT+1 prettyipswichtiger A great Blog about a far greater man!! As an Ipswich fan I am very upset that I am unable to attend the Ipswich Newcastle game as I am sure it will be one massive tribute to Sir Bobby with a brilliant atmosphere that I am sure Bobby would have loved! Mon 03 Aug 2009 16:49:44 GMT+1 Robbo Robson markadoi is spot on with the description of the songs... a particularly bluesy feel since May. Mon 03 Aug 2009 16:48:51 GMT+1 Robbo Robson 55. At 5:06pm on 03 Aug 2009, yourhavingmeon wrote:I met Sir Bobby once and can vouch that the man you saw on the tv screen was the man in real life. A true gentleman.By the way Robbo, I was in Middlebrough a fortnight ago and specifically went for a drink in the Blue Bell at Acklam on the Friday night. Where were you?_________________________________________________________________________Who said it was the one in Acklam? Any road I was on a little holiday... not telling you where or you'll be seeking out the caravan park when I'm trying to relax. Mon 03 Aug 2009 16:46:35 GMT+1 Zootmac That should have read "none of us has..." Just in case that Becky nose man is in the mood for more nit-picking.Anyway, there's nothing wrong with Becky's film star looks. She was great doing the backstroke in "Jaws". Mon 03 Aug 2009 16:14:10 GMT+1 Zootmac Ref 55 yourhavingmeonUnlike your experience with Bobby, none of us have ever met Robbo in real life.He was probably the barmaid. Mon 03 Aug 2009 16:10:58 GMT+1 yourhavingmeon I met Sir Bobby once and can vouch that the man you saw on the tv screen was the man in real life. A true gentleman.By the way Robbo, I was in Middlebrough a fortnight ago and specifically went for a drink in the Blue Bell at Acklam on the Friday night. Where were you? Mon 03 Aug 2009 16:06:36 GMT+1 dandolinho "However, Ferguson is well known to give advice to young managers, including those in the same division as him. Let's make a distinction here - in normal circumstances, evidence would suggest that Sir Alex is a warm and generous person".the same fergie who came out all 'beyond the pale' about somethng that didnt concern him (which incidently lacks respect) and the same man, who for all the 'advice' he likes to give, managed to send a letter to a man who had just wont the champions league telling him how he SHOULD have done it!! again, that wasnt a nice thing, it was an underhand comment/letter, for which he had no need to send other than to be sly.on bobby.. never net the man but followed enough of him at all his clubs to know the man was a gifted manager... and agree whole heartedly that newcastles current plight owes more to his dissmissal than to ashleys takeover.would love to have spent a night talking football with him, u could just tell that you would learn more in a night from him than most men on the planet (about football mainly, but i got the sense he had more wisdom on everything else)he never managed any team i support, and i dont care about england, but i truly hurt at the news of his passing. long live his memory.. damn he deserves it1 Mon 03 Aug 2009 15:58:58 GMT+1