Bobby Robson

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Bobby Robson

English footballer and manager, who managed seven European clubs and the England national team during his career add

Category: Football

Born in 1933.

Countries: United Kingdom (56%), UK (13%), Spain (5%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: England, Newcastle United F.C., Ipswich Town F.C.

Linked to: Fulham F.C., England national football team, Ipswich Town F.C., West Bromwich Albion F.C.




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Bobby Robson was born in 1933 add something


Robson made his debut in 1950 for Fulham, recently promoted to the First Division, in a match against Sheffield Wednesday add something


In May 1950, Bill Dodgin, the Fulham manager made a personal visit to the Robson household to offer Bobby a professional contract add something


During his first spell at Fulham, Robson participated in two ambassadorial Football Association tours in the West Indies in 1955 and South Africa in 1956 add something


However, it was during his time at West Bromwich Albion that he graduated to the full England squad, with his first call-up in 1956 add something


Ronnie Allen - Allen's transfer record was broken in March 1956, when the club paid Fulham £25,000 for Bobby Robson


He was, however, selected for the 1958 World Cup squad, ahead of Nat Lofthouse and Stanley Matthews but returned from Sweden disappointed, as England were defeated by the Soviet Union in a group play-off match add something


He was selected for the 1962 World Cup finals in Chile but an injury to his ankle sustained in a pre-tournament friendly against a Chilean club side ruled him out of most of the tournament add something


In August 1962, however, he returned to Fulham after a disagreement with Albion vice-chairman Jim Gaunt over his salary add something


Robson left Fulham in 1967 and accepted a three-year deal with Canada's Vancouver Royals add something


Robson made his debut as a manager in January 1968 at his former club Fulham, against Macclesfield Town, in the Cheshire League, in the third round of the FA Cup. Fulham were struggling with 16 points from 24 games add something


Robson was dissatisfied by this situation and when, in January 1968, Fulham offered him a contract as their manager, he accepted the position at Craven Cottage add something


Johnny Haynes - Haynes had a single spell in football management, taking charge of the Cottagers for a brief spell in November 1968 after the dismissal of Bobby Robson as player-manager, but Haynes never had any ambition to go into coaching


He moved on to Ipswich Town in 1969 and it was there that he established his reputation as a successful manager add something


Bob Houghton - In the early 1970s Houghton managed Maidstone United and worked as an assistant to Bobby Robson at Ipswich Town


Billy Bingham - This latter makes him one of just 34 individuals so honoured since the award was inaugurated in 1974, putting him in the company of such managerial luminaries as Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Brian Clough, Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Robson, as well as playing greats like Pelé, Sir Stanley Matthews, Sir Tom Finney, Sir Bobby Charlton and fellow Northern Ireland International George Best


Paul Mariner - He joined Ipswich Town in 1976, where he achieved domestic and European success under the guidance of Bobby Robson


Brian Clough - He was interviewed for the job twice, in 1977 and 1982, but lost out to Ron Greenwood and Bobby Robson respectively


Terry Butcher - In 1981, Butcher was part of the Ipswich side that won the UEFA Cup under Bobby Robson and came close to their first League title since 1962, though they were pipped at the post by Aston Villa


On 7 July 1982, two days after England were knocked out of the 1982 World Cup, he succeeded Ron Greenwood as coach of the English national football team, selecting former West Bromwich Albion team-mate Don Howe as his chief coach add something


Bobby Ferguson (footballer born 1938) - He took over as manager of Ipswich Town in the summer of 1982 following the departure of his fellow Geordie, Bobby Robson who left Ipswich to become manager of England


On 21 September 1983, Robson suffered his only loss in the 28 qualifying matches he was to undertake as England manager add something


Sven-Goran Eriksson - Bobby Robson's team failed to qualify for the 1984 European Championships


Clive Allen - In the summer of 1984, Allen was given his first England cap by Bobby Robson in a friendly against Brazil, coming on as a substitute


Trevor Steven - A stunning season for Steven was completed when, in February 1985, he was called up by England coach Bobby Robson to make his debut in a qualifier for the 1986 World Cup against Northern Ireland


Gary Stevens - After a fine season for Everton, Stevens was given his debut for England by Bobby Robson in June 1985, and he quickly established himself as first choice right back for his country


As in the 1986 World Cup, Robson was denied the service of his captain, Bryan Robson, who suffered an achilles tendon injury which prevented him playing in the latter stages of the tournament add something


The resignation was rejected by the FA chairman, Bert Millichip , and Robson went on to lead the England team to qualify for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico add something


Neil Webb - After excelling in his first two seasons of top flight football with Nottingham Forest, Webb earned recognition from England manager Bobby Robson, who selected him for his international debut against West Germany on 9 September 1987 at the age of 24


Mick Wadsworth - Between 1988 and 1992, he was an official match observer for the England national team under Bobby Robson and Graham Taylor


Des Walker - Further top half-finishes in the League were followed by a run to the semi-finals of the FA Cup in 1988 with Walker in outstanding form, to the extent that calls began to come from football observers for England coach Bobby Robson to select Walker to play for his country


Stuart Pearce - Injury robbed him of a place as Sansom's back-up in England's squad for the 1988 European Championships, but after the tournament, coach Bobby Robson decided to make Pearce his first choice left back


Paul Parker (footballer) - His prowess was noticed by England coach Bobby Robson who, establishing he could play at right back, gave him his international debut against Albania in 1989


After his playing career he found success as both a club and international manager, winning league championships in both the Netherlands and Portugal, earning trophies in England and Spain, and taking England to the semi-final of the 1990 World Cup, which remains the national team's best run in a World Cup since 1966 add something


After his playing career he found success as both a club and international manager, winning league championships in both the Netherlands and Portugal, earning trophies in England and Spain, and taking England to the semi-final of the 1990 World Cup, which remains the national team's best run in a World Cup since 1966 add something


As well as reuniting 1990 England players, Sir Bobby is planning on calling on some other famous guests to add to his team add something


Before the 1990 World Cup, the FA told Robson that they would not renew his contract as England manager, so he moved on to the Netherlands to coach PSV of Eindhoven, who sought a manager capable of instilling discipline into a fractious squad add something


In 1990, at the end of his eight-year reign as England manager, he was awarded a CBE and in 2002, he was knighted; both awards were for services to football add something


Jose Mourinho - After working as a physical education teacher and spells working as a youth team coach, a scout, and an assistant manager in the early 1990s, he became an interpreter for Sir Bobby Robson


PSV Eindhoven - Hiddink left the team in 1990, to be replaced by Bobby Robson


Eric Gerets - In 1990 Bobby Robson was appointed as Hiddink's successor


Terry Venables - Venables had brought both Gary Lineker and Paul Gascoigne to Spurs and was a favourite to replace Bobby Robson as England national football team manager when the job became vacant in 1990, but doubts about his probity led him to be passed over in favour of Graham Taylor


Joe Royle - When England national football team manager Bobby Robson announced in May 1990 that he would be quitting the job after the World Cup that summer, Royle's name was strongly linked with the role and The Football Association shortlisted him along with Graham Taylor and Howard Kendall


From 1991 onwards he suffered recurrent medical problems with cancer, and in March 2008, put his name and efforts into the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, a cancer research charity add something


Since 1991, Robson was repeatedly diagnosed as suffering from cancer add something


Robson defeated bowel cancer in 1992, a malignant melanoma in 1995, and a tumour in his right lung and a brain tumour, both in 2006 add something


Robson moved to Sporting Clube de Portugal in July 1992, where his Portuguese interpreter was a young José Mourinho, future Porto, Chelsea, Internazionale and Real Madrid C.F. manager add something


Robson was sacked in December 1993 with the club sitting at the top of the league table add something


England national football team - Graham Taylor was Robson's successor, but left after England failed to qualify for the 1994 !World_Cup (FIFA_World_Cup)


A phone call during the summer of 1996 from Barcelona's vice-president Joan Gaspart to discuss Luís Figo resulted in an offer of employment with the Spanish club add something


Robson took over in July 1996, where once again his assistant was Mourinho; Robson had made Mourinho's move with him to the Camp Nou a condition of his employment add something


Terry Venables - In 1996, Venables appeared on a television advert for Yellow Pages, along with his predecessors as England coach, Bobby Robson and Graham Taylor, who were seen ordering a cake from a bakery found via the business directory to send as a good luck gift to Venables prior to Euro 96


Craig Bellamy - Since making his professional debut for Norwich City in 1997, he has played for a number of clubs in England, making his name at Newcastle United when signed by Bobby Robson in 2001 and has had a loan spell with Scottish Premier League side Celtic in 2005


Theo Lucius - In the 1998 off-season, after reported interest from FC Utrecht, AZ and PSV Eindhoven, Lucius chose the latter, managed by Bobby Robson


Carles Rexach - Under Bobby Robson he worked as a scout where he discovered Lionel Messi but in 1998 he left for Japan and spent one season as coach of Yokohama F. Marinos


Gordon Milne - Milne accepted the role of Director of Football at Newcastle United, and worked alongside manager Bobby Robson between 1999 and 2004


Brian Alexander (broadcaster) - He presented "The Lion's Den" on BBC 1 in March 1999, interviewing previous England football managers Bobby Robson, Graham Taylor, Terry Venables and Glenn Hoddle prior to Kevin Keegan's first match in charge


In late 2000, following the resignation of Kevin Keegan as England manager, the Football Association asked Newcastle Chairman Freddy Shepherd to permit Robson to take over in a part-time caretaker capacity but the request was refused add something


Carl Cort - Newcastle boss Bobby Robson paid £7 million to sign Cort on a five-year contract in the summer of 2000, seeing off competition from and


He acted as a pundit for ITV during the 2002 World Cup and the 2004 European Championship add something


In 2002 , the 69-year-old Robson was awarded the freedom of Newcastle upon Tyne and the UEFA President's Award for 'services to football' add something


In 2002, in recognition of his achievements with the club, a life-size statue of Robson was unveiled opposite the Cobbold Stand of Ipswich Town's ground Portman Road add something


Robson was created a Knight Bachelor in 2002, was inducted as a member of the English Football Hall of Fame in 2003, and was the honorary president of Ipswich Town add something


Titus Bramble - Bramble joined Newcastle in July 2002 for £6 million, vowing at the time to make himself indispensable to manager Sir Bobby Robson


He was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2003 in recognition of his impact as a manager add something


FIFA Manager (video game series) - Resembling "Anstoss 3", although on a more serious note and fewer financial options , the game had positive feedback, and a year later "Total Club Manager 2003" was released, with Bobby Robson on the cover


In 2004, following the death of Brian Clough, Robson briefly stood in for Clough as a columnist at "FourFourTwo" magazine, and from 2004 onwards wrote a weekly column for "The Mail on Sunday" add something


He held the Newcastle post until 30 August 2004, when he was dismissed by Freddy Shepherd, after a poor start to the Premier League season and alleged discontent in the dressing room add something


Nicky Butt - He was signed by Bobby Robson for Newcastle United in July 2004 for a fee of £2,5 million on a four-year deal, where he was seen as a replacement for the veteran Gary Speed, who had moved to Bolton Wanderers


Craig Bellamy - After Bobby Robson's controversial sacking in August 2004, Bellamy had a very public falling-out with his replacement as Newcastle manager, Graeme Souness, who had altercations with stars including Laurent Robert and Olivier Bernard


Following his time as Newcastle United manager in 2005, Robson was made an Honorary Freeman of Newcastle, which, in his autobiography, he described as being "the proudest moment of my life" add something


On 7 June 2005 he declined the invitation to become Director of Football of Heart of Midlothian because he wanted to stay in the Newcastle area add something


He had several operations and, in 2006, was operated on for on a brain tumour add something


On 13 January 2006, Steve Staunton was appointed manager of the Republic of Ireland national team, with Robson named in a support role as International Football Consultant add something


On 7 July 2006, Robson was named as honorary president of Ipswich Town Football Club, the first since Lady Blanche Cobbold who had died in 1987 add something


On 17 October 2006, it was revealed that Robson had been given the all-clear and was set to see out his contract as consultant to the Irish team add something


With a keen interest in cricket as well as football, Robson was to have replaced Mike Gatting as President of the Lord's Taverners charity and cricket club in 2007, but this was prevented by his ill-health add something


His fifth diagnosis of cancer in 2007, consisting of cancerous nodules in both lungs, was diagnosed as terminal in February 2007, and as of December 2008 was being controlled through bouts of chemotherapy add something


Robson revealed on 6 May 2007 that he had been diagnosed with cancer for the fifth time add something


Robson stepped down from his role of consultant on 17 November 2007, after the Republic's final match in their unsuccessful qualifying campaign for Euro 2008 add something


On 9 December 2007, Robson was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year show in recognition of "his contribution as both player and manager in a career spanning more than half a century" add something


On 25 March 2008, he launched the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation add something


On 5 May 2008, during the 30th anniversary celebrations of Ipswich Town's 1978 FA Cup win, Robson was granted the Freedom of Ipswich by the Lady Mayor add something


By November 2008, the Foundation had raised £1 million add something


On 8 December 2008, he earned another such accolade when he was given the Freedom of the City of Durham add something


Fatih Terim - After the successful Euro 2008 campaign, Terim was recommended by former Newcastle United manager Bobby Robson for the Newcastle position, but he was not appointed

Bobby Robson died in 2009 add something


In March 2009, UEFA awarded Robson the Emerald UEFA Order of Merit award, awarded to "individuals who have dedicated their talents to the good of the game" add something


The award was presented to Sir Bobby at St James' Park on 26 July 2009, prior to the Sir Bobby Robson Trophy match, and just five days before his death add something


On 31 July 2009, Robson died of lung cancer at his home in County Durham, aged 76, after a long battle with the disease add something


Robson's funeral, a private family ceremony, took place on 5 August 2009 add something


A thanksgiving service for Robson was held on 21 September 2009 at Durham Cathedral add something


The Football League gave Newcastle United and Ipswich Town special dispensation to wear special commemorative kits for their Championship match on 26 September 2009 at Portman Road, in aid of Sir Bobby's Foundation add something


In December 2009, Robson was posthumously awarded the FIFA Fair Play Award, for the "gentlemanly qualities he showed throughout his career as a player and coach" add something


Alan Smith (physiotherapist) - Sir Bobby Robson, who first employed Smith for England, selected him as physio to the England team taking part in the 2009 charity match in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation


Alan Shearer - On 26 July 2009, Shearer played and scored in the Sir Bobby Robson Trophy match, a charity match held at St James' Park in tribute of Sir Bobby Robson and in aid of his cancer charity the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation


Three other patrons were added in 2010, Steve Gibson, Mick Mills and Niall Quinn add something


In July 2010, plans were unveiled for a memorial garden to Robson to be built in Newcastle add something


The first anniversary of Robson's death on 31 July 2010 was marked with a ceremony and pre-season friendly match at Newcastle's St James' Park, between two of his former clubs Newcastle United and PSV Eindhoven, involving Robson's PSV captain Stan Valckx presenting a PSV shirt to the club add something


The area is to host a 400 square metre memorial garden to Sir Bobby Robson, with work beginning in November 2010, to be opened in Spring 2011 add something


Work began on the site in November 2010, with an expected completion of Spring 2011 add something


Mick Mills - In 2010, Mills was named a patron of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation


In March 2011, the East Coast train operating company named one of its Class 91 electric locomotives "Sir Bobby Robson", unveiled at Newcastle Central Station by his widow Elsie and Alan Shearer add something


Similarly, in December 2011, the Port of Tyne Authority named its new work boat the "Sir Bobby Robson" add something


On 6 May 2012, a statue of Robson created by sculptor Tom Maley was unveiled at St James' Park add something


On 11 April 2013 before Newcastle hosted Portuguese giants Benfica in a Europa League quarter-final 2nd leg the travelling Portuguese fans payed tribute to Bobby who managed their two big rivals Sporting Lisbon and Porto, trailing 3-1 from the 1st leg Newcastle took the lead with less than 20 minutes left through Papiss Cisse but despite a valiant effort to find a second goal that would have taken the magpies into the semi-finals Salvio netted in stoppage time to take Jorge Jesus's side into the semi-finals 4-2 on aggregate add something


On 16 July 2013, marking the 150th anniversary celebrations of the FA, the FA designated 10th August as the Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day, celebrated as a day to celebrate the national game add something


In 2018, "Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager", a feature-length British film about Robson's career and cancer diagnosis, was released to critical acclaim add something