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We'll always take a walk in Sir Bobby's wonderland

By Lee Ryder on Jul 31, 09 10:28 AM

And so the tearful images of Sir Bobby taking his hat off to the thousands of football fans and players alike will be the last we'll ever see of one of the greatest ever icons of the game he made so beautiful.

A man who saved Newcastle United from plunging into the abyss, a man who transformed Ipswich Town from a small team to European kings, a man who rubber stamped his own Geordie charm on continental giants like Barcelona, Porto and PSV - and most notably a man who reunited the nation during Italia 90 with England.

Already tributes have been flooding in for Sir Bobby and it was hard not prevent tears rolling down the face on Sunday night as he was wheeled into St James's Park for one final time.

Many will say that Newcastle United's current state paled into insignifiance when the sad news filtered through this morning.

However, Sir Bobby right to the last moments of his life made his deep concerns about his football club crystal clear.

But his bravery was something that will live with everybody until the last.

Just a few weeks ago he could have taken it easy but instead flew over to Portugal to raise vital funds for charity.

A true measure of the man and his courage to make it for Sunday's game was never going to be in doubt.

He wouldn't have missed it for the world.

Sir Bobby the battler, Sir Bobby the manager, Sir Bobby the gentleman, Sir Bobby the Newcastle United icon, Sir Bobby the legend - and one that will never be forgotten on the streets of Tyneside by the people who loved him so much.

19 Comments

Ravenmad said:

Sir Bobby, you where a true gent and a rare gem in the football world, with courage and class to the end...you will be greatly missed -- RIP

Jackie W said:

R.I.P Bonny Lad ...Legend

Jackie W said:

R.I.P Bonny Lad ...Legend

Scotty said:

There's only one Bobby Robson walking along singing a song walking in a Robson wonderland R.I.P to a true gent and legend.

Glen Hopper said:

RIP SBR

The last of his kind.

Chris L said:

Thanks for the memories ... HERO

Sy said:

A very sad day but also one which should bring celebration of the life of a wonderful gentleman. We should all be forever proud that Sir Bobby was a son of our football club. The world would be a better place if there were more like he was.


Legend & Hero.

EVERTON FC said:

SIR BOBBY GENTLEMAN LEGEND ICON.FROM EVERYBODY AT EVERTON FC YOU WILL BE MISSED.

Alex said:

There will always be only one Bobby Robson!!!

Thanks for two league championships!!!

Eindhoven will remember you forever!!!

Adam said:

My first ever game I saw was Newcastle vs. Sunderland in 2002. At full time, the whole bar went silent as sir bobby popped up on the tv screens for interview. Since then, I've been to a game under every other manager, Souness, Roeder, Allardyce, Keegan, Kinnear, Hughton and Shearer. Not once for any of these has the same bar gone silent. A true gentleman, respected by all. Even if you didn't like football, you could love Sir Bobby. The world's a little worse off since this morning. God bless Sir Bobby Robson.

Adam said:

My first ever game I saw was Newcastle vs. Sunderland in 2002. At full time, the whole bar went silent as sir bobby popped up on the tv screens for interview. Since then, I've been to a game under every other manager, Souness, Roeder, Allardyce, Keegan, Kinnear, Hughton and Shearer. Not once for any of these has the same bar gone silent. A true gentleman, respected by all. Even if you didn't like football, you could love Sir Bobby. The world's a little worse off since this morning. God bless Sir Bobby Robson.

damon said:

God bless you brave Sir Bobby, you're a shining light now and forever.
You lived life the right way, and it was there for all to see and admire.
It is not just the footballing world that will shed a tear and raise a glass for you. Love to your family. Rest in Peace.

Dave Robson said:

BOBBY ROBSON 'THE ORIGINAL AND ONLY SPECIAL ONE' SAY HELLO TO RONNIE LAMBERT, TWO TRUE GEORDIES THAT WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

Eldorado Argentina said:

Thanks for everything Sir Bobby, True Gentleman of the World.

jill said:

God Bless you Sir Bobby. A true gentleman and a wonderful man. Up there with some of the greatest geordies ever. Hope your having a kick about with some of the past greats, if you are say hello to Bobby Mitchell- my uncle for me.
RIP X

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Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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