Sir Bobby Robson has died at the age of 76 following a long battle with cancer. The former Fulham, Ipswich Town, Newcastle United and England manager was a massively popular figure throughout the game and will be sadly missed. Sir Bobby’s spokesperson broke the news that he had passed away in the early hours of this morning (Friday July 31st).
It was known for some time that Sir Bobby had been very ill and tributes are already appearing for a man who was a real legend. After a playing career which included spells with Fulham and WBA – along with 20 England caps – Sir Bobby went onto a fantastic career in management which saw him coming within a whisker of taking England to the World Cup final in 1990. He also had successful spells abroad with PSV, Sporting Lisbon, FC Porto and Barcelona.
Sir Bobby’s enduring popularity has never been more evident than this week. More than 33,000 fans turned up last Sunday to see Sir Bobby’s England team take on their German counterparts in a replay of that famous Italia 90 semi-final.
The game was organised by Sir Bobby’s Foundation which raises funds and awareness for cancer research. It is a mark of the man that at a time when he knew he was extremely ill Sir Bobby was still working hard as ever giving time, energy and money to raise money for such a worthy cause.
“We’re enormously saddened by the death of Sir Bobby. Within the game, both as a player and manager, with clubs at home and abroad and of course the England team his achievements speak for themselves. He won respect and admiration throughout the football world,” said FSF National Council member, Newcastle United season ticket holder and England regular Kevin Miles.
“But much more than that Sir Bobby was, what we call on Tyneside, simply a lovely bloke. Always treating others with respect he demonstrated sportsmanlike qualities, and a willingness to help, which set him apart in modern football.”
RIP Sir Bobby Robson.