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Thailand Shrimper
Oct 28, 2003
a real shame but it seems to have been on the cards for a while.

From the Sun website.

BOBBY ROBSON has won countless battles during a career which has earned him a permanent place in the nation’s hearts.

But his latest fight, sadly, will be his last.

English football’s favourite knight has admitted that a fifth bout of cancer affecting his lungs will be the one which sends him to his grave.

He knows his time is coming to an end in a matter of months.

Yet his legacy will never die. No one would ever let that happen.

Sir Bobby has taken on and outwitted many a top-notch coach and team in his glorious life.

From memorably leading Ipswich to domestic and European triumph to taking England unforgettably to the brink of World Cup glory, Robson knows what combat means.

Images of his jigs of touchline delight at Italia 90 will never fail to bring a smile to anyone’s face.

But taking on the illness that has hit him so cruelly once again is beyond him. Specialists have told the 75-year-old to prepare for the worst.Typically, he will fight until the bitter end.

Emotionally, he revealed to SunSport: “I have accepted what they have told me and I am determined to make the most of what time I have left. I have been fortunate to survive this long. It is thanks to my doctors and their dedication.

“My condition is described as static and has not altered since my last bout of chemotherapy.

“They have arrested the growth of the tumours on my lungs and I have my next scan shortly.

“I am going to die sooner rather than later. But then everyone has to go sometime and I have enjoyed every minute.

“I don’t even think about it and my biggest problem today was unrelated, just old-fashioned laryngitis.” Caring, charismatic and with time for anyone, Robson is loved by all.

He may have been struggling with cancer for 17 years but continues to spread his warmth over everyone.

Donating a £500,000 cheque on behalf of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation for a new dedicated cancer research centre in his beloved Newcastle yesterday simply said everything about the man.

Troubled times? The worst. You will not find him, though, shutting himself away in despair.

He added: “I am not going to sit around at home thinking about what might or might not happen.

“I have always found it difficult to turn down good causes and invitations from people I know.

“My family and close friends have always said I should say ‘No’ more often and now is no different.

“It has been a hectic summer. I have watched a couple of days of Wimbledon, several days of Test cricket and Durham county cricket.

"I had my own celebrity golf tournament in Portugal and managed to enjoy a few days holiday afterwards before returning to London, where I was honoured by the Football League Managers Association.

“They not only inducted me into their Hall of Fame with a host of celebrities but it was at a special dinner, the first of its kind.”

The word legend may be used too freely in the modern world of egotistical football stars. Yet it was made for blokes like Bobby Robson.

Will anyone ever repeat what he did with Ipswich, after a playing career which saw spells at Fulham, West Brom and Vancouver Royals plus caps earned for England?

A difficult start to managerial life with Fulham was put to bed when he strolled into Portman Road in 1969. At the end of a 13-year spell, the Tractor Boys had landed the UEFA Cup, the FA Cup and twice finished runners-up in the title race.

England came calling after a nightmare World Cup campaign in 1982.

It took Diego Maradona’s shameful Hand of God ‘goal’ to help send England home from the 1986 World Cup and, though failure followed in the 1988 European Championships, Italia 90 saw Robson at his best.

Carving a team built around the twinkling talent of Gazza, the finishing of Gary Lineker and the pride and power of Stuart Pearce, only a crushing penalty shootout defeat by West Germany stopped the Three Lions from reaching the final and exacting revenge on a sub-standard Argentina side.

He headed to PSV Eindhoven and discovered a striker called Ronaldo. Robson signed the Brazilian while bossing Barcelona, arriving in La Liga via Porto and Sporting Lisbon.

His spell at the Nou Camp saw the Spanish Cup, Spanish Super Cup and European Cup-Winners’ Cup all bagged in his first year.

The madmen at the Nou Camp promptly decided to push him ‘upstairs’ and after just a year he went back to PSV before, in 1999, returning ‘home’ to Newcastle.

He took the Toon on a rollercoaster of Champions League emotions before Freddy Shepherd shamefully dumped him in 2004.

A spell helping Steve Staunton with the Republic of Ireland followed but his ill-health continued.

An operation for a brain tumour in 2006 was negotiated. Then in May last year, cancer returned yet again — this time in his lungs.

Despite that, he is still bursting with an enthusiasm and love for football that should be studied by many of the money-grabbing mercenaries polluting the beautiful game today.

And the man is so special that Alex Ferguson even put to one side his bitter feud with the BBC last December to present him personally with a lifetime achievement award.

There will be only one Bobby Robson.

We must enjoy him while we can, as we will certainly miss him when he is gone.


Scott Forbes No.1 Fan⭐
Staff member
Dec 21, 2003
It is a true shame that he is on his last legs as he is a legend in football. I had a feeling he wouldn't make it to 2009 and by the sounds of things he won't. :( He is a fighter though and lets hope he gets past this.


Life President
Oct 27, 2003
Saw him on TV recently hosting his annual charity golf event in Portugal, looked in very good health and his enthusiasm for football is unwavered, they asked him a question about the coming season and I reckon they could have left the camera on him for 3 hours and he would have jabbered away by himself.


Dec 3, 2005
really sad news. has been a quality manager inc for england in my lifetime.
Jul 12, 2005
Canvey Island
The terms legend, great & gentleman are over used IMO, but fit Sir Bobby Robson like a glove. A fine footballer, manager and ambassador for this country, very sad news indeed.


The Camden Cad
Aug 24, 2004
North London
That's really sad. He's a genuine legend.

Do you remember when Newcastle bumped him off, a crime from which they have never recovered, and he was linked with a caretaker role at Real Madrid for six months? Bless him, he turned it down saying that he was a Barca man through and through!

That's Sir Robby Bobson in a nutshell. A truly decent man.
Nov 9, 2007
Really sad news, a true legend of the game, and undoubtably the best England manager we have had in the past 30-40 years

Bar na bas

Sep 28, 2007
I was reading some thread or other, one presumably about Dan Harding, I guess, and there was a quote from an Ipswich supporter which made me think Sir Bobby had died. He has not, as my googling then revealed, but in the course of that, I came across this article on line. It really sums up the guy. I wish a few more in football had his principles and his personality. He will be sorely missed when he goes.


Harold Bishop Killer

Got bummed around Aus
May 7, 2008
Be a sad day when the great man goes but he seems to be taking it in his stride and at least he can look back and say at least I lived my life. And he did. Any man would be proud to have the success and the achievement, the adoration and the love this man has had throughout his life.