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Doing it for Bobby

By Lee Ryder on Jul 30, 10 02:09 PM

As we reach the anniversary of the passing of Sir Bobby Robson it's clear that the benchmark set by the Geordie gentleman may well turn out to be the legacy of one of football's greatest men.

It took Robson just over two and a bit years to haul Newcastle from the bottom of the Premier League and into the Champions League.

People say that when Kevin Keegan hauled Newcastle from the old Second Division to third place it would be unfair to expect the same from the modern crop of players as standards have gone through the roof in terms of money and the top four.

Of course they're right.

IF ever a person in any walk of life was in need of inspiration - then Sir Bobby Robson is the ideal figurehead to use an example.

Sir Bobby passed away quietly yesterday morning but the legacy that he leaves behind is priceless.

We'd all like to think we could be better people whether that's day to day to common courtesy, good manners or just treating the people close around us better.

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.

Let's get one thing straight about Charles N'Zogbia and that is that Newcastle United would be a weaker side without him.

Handing the Frenchman over to anybody else in the Premier League would be ludicrous and would surely come back to haunt the black and whites in the future just like most other former players do, I mean come on if Titus Bramble comes back to haunt you anyone can!

Charlie boy has certainly had his ups and downs in the whacky world of Newcastle United but he's also one of the most naturally talented players at Joe Kinnear's disposal at St James's Park if not the most talented player of all at Newcastle.

Newcastle United fans have never been backwards in going forwards.

And when they don't see what they like, they'll make sure people know about as football legends Ossie Ardiles, Kevin Keegan, Kenny Dalglish, Ruud Gullit, Sir Bobby Robson and Graeme Souness all very well know.

It's something that Big Sam is now also acutely aware of too.

So with 6,000 Geordies dedicating the bulk of their weekend (and a fistful of cash just weeks away from Christmas) to the black and white cause - isn't it time United served up a decent performance?

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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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