Sir Bobby Legend

September 21, 2009 | Filed Under: Blog, UK Box 

bobby-robson-dies Football came together on Monday to give thanks for the life of ex-England boss Sir Bobby Robson.

Alex Ferguson, Fabio Capello and Sir Bobby Charlton were among the 1,000 invited guests who filled Durham’s magnificent Norman cathedral.

Former players including Gary Lineker, Paul Gascoigne and Alan Shearer were also at the event, which was beamed back live to Newcastle and Ipswich.

Robson enjoyed an illustrious playing and management career in football, having success with Fulham and West Brom before going on to manage Ipswich, PSV Eindhoven, Sporting Lisbon, Porto and Barcelona and his hometown club Newcastle.

Robson tributes

“He made me feel 7ft tall. He’d seen something in my game I wasn’t even aware of myself. He put me on the bench to face Wales but did bring me down to earth somewhat when he pointed at me with about 20 minutes to go and said, ‘Get warmed up, Garth’.

“He was everything that was good about the game. He loved the game and the game loved him. He was a lion of a man – no, make that Three Lions.” Gary Lineker

“How many times do you think he rang me? And it wasn’t a question, it was a demand: ‘You’re not retiring, are you?’ Of course I wasn’t going to after that.

“It’s been one of the privileges of my life to have met him and been enthused by him. He influenced me then and will always influence me.” Sir Alex Ferguson

“He had innate charm and a ready smile, but was modest all his life, even somewhat shy. He was always passionate about football, had a deep love of his family and great loyalty to his old friends, with a touching and justifiable pride in his beautiful home up here in his beloved north east. Friends have said to me you should never finish a eulogy with a cliche, such as ‘we will never see his like again’. But we won’t.” Tom Wilson, former Fulham team-mate and best man

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