Bobby Robson

Sir Robert " Bobby" William Robson CBE ( born February 18, 1933, Sacriston, County Durham, England; † 31 July 2009) was an English football player and coach. Until recently, he was active as a consultant in footballing matters for the Irish national team. Previously, he was among other England manager selection.

Robson is regarded as a kind of father figure of the English coach and served as athletic director could refer to one of the world's most prestigious races. He died of lung cancer after long suffering.

The first steps

Robson was born in 1933 in the English County Durham, the youngest son of Philip and Lilian Robson. As early as the age of a few months he moved with his parents in the nearby village of Langley Park to, from where he often went as a child to play Newcastle United. The club was located at that time in a very successful era.

Playing career

Robson hired as a winger in May 1950 at FC Fulham and moved almost six years later, in March 1956, to West Bromwich Albion. There he completed 257 games, scoring 61 goals. In addition, he was national player and was a midfielder on a total of 20 missions. Robson returned in August 1962 to London to Fulham back before he joined the Vancouver Royals in the 1967/68 season in their first season in the NASL as player-coach.

Coaching career

The first coach stations in England

After Robson had ended his career as a football player, he started as a coach at his former club from Fulham. His greatest successes came at first then after he moved to Ipswich Town in 1969. In the 13 years with this club he could next two vice - championships in 1978 and 1981, the FA Cup win the UEFA Cup. This was followed by the reputation of the English national team, where he succeeded his predecessor, Ron Greenwood.

Robson as England manager

In his eight-year tenure with ups and downs Robson failed with his team at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico in the quarter-finals to Argentina, where the legendary gate with the help of the hand of God and Maradona's World Cup goal of the century occurred. Four years later he reached the semifinals, where he missed the final against Germany on penalties in the 1990 World Cup in Italy with England. In the subsequent play-off for third place, his last game as a team manager, was defeated hosts England Italy. Robson later commented to the fact that he had very often been thinking about this semi-final, if not could lead to other decisions to success. He was responsible for the national team in 95 games, of which they won 47.

Robson in Europe

Robson then trained two times the Dutch club PSV Eindhoven and Sporting Lisbon in Portugal both as well as the FC Porto. In addition, he was active for the top Spanish club FC Barcelona. In the latter three stations it was José Mourinho, who originally served as a translator, sometimes as co- trainers. In Barcelona, ​​he has been extremely successful and has been voted Europe's Coach of the Year.

Among his European successes include:

FC Barcelona

FC Porto

PSV Eindhoven

Return to Newcastle

In September 1999 came true Robson's childhood dream when he was engaged by Newcastle United. Although the club had only little financial means, Robson led the club to a fourth place in the 2002/03 season and improved this result only a year later even to a position which the club made ​​it possible to qualify for the Champions League. In both cases, competition for Newcastle ended prematurely and Robson's differences with some players were increasing, as these in his view pursued by an unprofessional lifestyle. Further disagreements with the club's management of Newcastle, which often inadequately einbezog him with player transfers, led to the fact that Robson on 30 August 2004 the club left after a weak start of the season, having previously clearly expressed in the locker room his displeasure and then compared with had complained to a reporter about the domestic trailer.

International Consultant

On 7 June 2005 he turned down an offer of the Scottish club Heart of Midlothian because he wanted to stay in Newcastle. On 13 January 2006 he was obliged as a consultant in international football matters for the Irish national team, with Steve Staunton was the local coach.

Find out more

  • He was knighted in 2002 because of his services to football. Previously, he had already received the Order of the British Empire as a CBE.
  • After the death of legendary coach Brian Clough he wrote briefly as his successor a column in the magazine Four Four Two.


  • In 2009, he posthumously received the FIFA Fair Play Award " for his outstanding fairness, he had shown throughout his career ."
  • 2012 a statue was erected by Robson before the St James' Park Newcastle United.

Private life

Robson was married from 1955 until his death with Elsie; from the marriage were born three sons.