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Sir Bobby Robson

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 05 December 2004

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is Sir Bobby Robson. Sir Bobby Robson is one of the most enduring and popular faces in football. For more than five decades he has dedicated his life to the game - as a player and manager. As a small boy growing up in a mining village in County Durham, he learnt his ball skills by playing football in the streets and backyard with his four brothers.

By the time he was 15, Bobby knew he had a particular gift and was attracting the attention of the local talent scouts. But, despite being offered a professional place by his home team of Newcastle, he decided to head south to Fulham, where he thought he'd have a greater chance to shine. He went on to play successfully for Fulham and West Bromwich Albion and earned twenty England caps before an ankle injury cut short his international career. He then managed Ipswich Town for 13 very successful years - leaving when he was offered the opportunity manage the England squad. After a successful career in Europe he returned to Britain in 1999 to manage Newcastle but was sacked early in the season. Despite health problems, he says he hasn't given up hope of finding another club to manage.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: It Was a Very Good Year by Robbie Williams and Frank Sinatra
Book: The works of historian John Keegan: The First World War & the Second World War collected into one volume by John Keegan
Luxury: Sun lounger with canopy to protect him from the sun

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for Robbie Williams & Frank Sinatra

    Robbie Williams & Frank Sinatra It Was a Very Good Year

    Swing When You're Winning, Chrysalis

  • Image for Giacomo Puccini

    Giacomo Puccini Nessun dorma! (from Turandot)

    Soloist: Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo, Pavarotti

    You'll never walk alone, Decca

  • Image for ABBA

    ABBA The Winner Takes It All

    25 Years of Rock and Roll, Connoisseur Collection

  • Image for Chris de Burgh

    Chris de Burgh Lady In Red

    Beautiful Dreams, A & M Records

  • Image for Edward Elgar

    Edward Elgar Enigma Variations - Nimrod

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

    Crush: the Soundtrack, EMI

  • Image for Barry White

    Barry White Just The Way You Are

    Barry White: the Collection, Mercury

  • Image for Peggy Lee

    Peggy Lee Is That All There Is?

    The Capitol Years (The Best of Peggy Lee), Capitol

  • Image for Louis Armstrong

    Louis Armstrong We Have All The Time In The World

    That's Love - Simply the Best of Love, EMI

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Sue Lawley

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