Bobby Robson's passing was announced on the morning of Friday July
He was 76.
Bobby @ SJP, Sunday
July 26th 2009
Statement released on behalf of the
"It is with great sadness that it
has been announced today that Sir Bobby Robson has lost his long and
courageous battle with cancer.
"He died very peacefully this morning at his home in County Durham
with his wife and family beside him.
"Sir Bobby's funeral will be
private and for family members only. A thanksgiving service in celebration
of Sir Bobby's life will be held at a later date for his many friends and
"Lady Robson and the family would
very much appreciate it if their privacy could be respected at this
Statement released by Newcastle United:
Anyone wishing to lay tributes to Sir Bobby may gain access to St James
Park until 5pm and Saturday/Sunday 9am - 5pm via the Tunnel access
at the North West Corner of the Stadium.
Click here to see images of the SJP
Staff and players at the NUFC training ground observed a minute's
silence when news of his passing was confirmed.
Current players, coaches and staff laid a wreath on the SJP centre spot
shortly after 3pm on Friday, lining up to conduct a minute's silence in
commemoration of the former boss.
They then left the field to applause from supporters who had gathered in
the lower sections of the Leazes End stand to lay flowers, flags, scarves
and other items.
Tributes were paid across the footballing world from former managerial
rivals such as Sir Alex Ferguson, ex colleagues including Jose Mourinho
and other national team bosses, notably Fabio Capello.
Robson's former clubs including Fulham, West Bromwich Albion, Ipswich
Town, PSV and Barcelona have all released statements. Porto's website
reads "Adeus Mister Robson".
Books of condolence have also been opened for fans to leave individual
tributes at St.James' Park (Old Milburn Reception), Craven Cottage and
Out in China, the Asia Trophy game between West Ham and Beijing Guoan was
preceded by a minute's silence, while all 22 players wore black armbands.
That tribute was an especially poignant for West Ham's Kieron Dyer - who
played under SBR @ SJP.
The subsequent game between Spurs and Hull City in the same competition
then saw the tributes repeated, with ex-Magpie and Robson signing Jermaine
Statement from Professor Ruth Plummer
of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation:
"Sir Bobby was an extremely warm, generous and special man. It
took great personal effort for him to set up The Sir Bobby Robson
Foundation and it was typical of the Bobby we came to know that he thought
of helping others even when fighting his own battle with cancer.
"He will be greatly missed by all the staff at the Sir Bobby Robson
Cancer Trials Research Centre and our thoughts and sympathies are with his
family at this very difficult time."
Statement from Alan Shearer:
"He was a great man, a winner and a battler and he saved my Newcastle
career. I was devastated. Just like everyone else will be. It's a sad, sad
day for the sporting world and for the football world.
"I was privileged and certainly honoured to play under him. I played
in the game on Sunday with the rest of the guys in the England - Germany
game. I just think that that summed him up.
"He must have been going through so much and he wanted to get out
there, he wanted to get onto the pitch and I just thought he's made that
and possibly in his mind he's put up such a fight and I just thought he's
got through that and he can't go on any more.
"But what a man he was. He was able to man-manage both experienced
players and young players. In particular in today's day and age when
players, young players, are paid vast sums of money and it can be
difficult at times to manage that.
"But he had such a knack of dealing with that and getting the best
out of his players. For me that was one unique talent that he had was the
man management and how he got over that and how he got the best out of all
"I was disillusioned, I wasn't enjoying the game. I wasn't scoring
goals and wasn't playing as I knew I could. He knew me as a person, I'd
spoken to him many times. He knew me as a player. He tried to buy me when
he was manager at Barcelona, and he just came in and he got me playing in
a different way.
"He got me playing again with a smile on my face and enjoying
football. If it wasn't for him then certainly my Newcastle career would
have ended early.
"He was just a unique man. He was able to light the dressing room up.
Because of his experience and because of the respect that everyone had for
him when he spoke people listened.
"And when he spoke and asked you to do well you wanted to do well for
him because you liked him and you adored him and you felt for him and you
felt the pressures and the pain he was going through. He had that aura
about him. He will never, ever be beaten."