Toon's Godfather lights up St James's Park and restores some Geordie pride
For a couple of hours only some distant familiarity returned to St James's Park as Sir Bobby Robson enjoyed the recognition he well and truly deserved from some of the game's biggest names.
Amidst a backdrop of anger, anarchy and downright uncertainty, the roost that Sir Bobby ruled at the start of this decade was reclaimed as the Tyneside public showed their appreciation for the Geordie legend.
The crowd didn't need to be prompted when Sir Bobby was wheeled into St James's as he showed a determination not to miss his big night, the applause for the managerial great went on for long over 10 minutes in an incredible show of emotion.
It was a roost reclaimed in the absence of the AWOL owner of Newcastle in Mike Ashley and the non-appearance of managing director Derek Llambias.
But what unfolded at St James's Park last night was not about Cockneys.
This wasn't about bling, this wasn't about casino owners, this wasn't about message board maniacs - and as the painful lack of interest from buyers dragged on, sadly it was never going to be about the resolution of the sale of the club last night - it was about a real life event made special by real people who turned up and paid their respects - and raised vital funds for charity in the process.
It was a true occasion for every Geordie who witnessed it and it wasn't a time to be airing dirty linen in public.
Instead it was a night that will never be forgotten and for all the right reasons.
It was a celebration of what Sir Bob achieved as boss at Newcastle during the Robson era.
Forget those who claim it wasn't a success.
True it wasn't always rosy in the garden but this is Newcastle!
And finishing fourth, third and fifth in three seasons after saving the club from relegation in 1999 should be applauded and loudly.
As Alan Shearer said: "We'd take that now wouldn't we?"
What did matter were the names that did turn up for England v Germany.
Shearer, Gazza, Beardsley, Platt, Wright, Shilton, Ferdinand, Matthaus and Barnes to name but a few of the international greats on show.
All of them commented afterwards how Newcastle fans deserve so much better than the current shocking state of affairs, to be honest we're sick of hearing it.
The fact that this club has tumbled so far down the ladder in the last two years and now attracts animosity from every corner of England underlines just what a threat this club can be when it has the right person behind the wheel and has willing participants who want to be part of it.
I think one of Alan Shearer's remarks before he was disgracefully shunned by an owner who went running to him for help just a couple of months ago was that it should be filled with "people who love the club".
What a shame that there aren't more left at the club that are in tune with Sir Bob's football and life philosophy.
LEAVE YOUR TRIBUTES TO SIR BOBBY HERE WITH YOUR MEMORIES OF THE MATCH