Rest in peace, Sir Bobby

It was with great sadness that I learned Sir Bobby Robson passed away today at the age of 76.  For me the memories I hold of him would be as England manager when we came so close in Italia ’90.  Others will associate him with West Brom, Fulham, Ipswich, PSV Eindhoven, Sporting Lisbon, Porto, Barcelona or Newcastle United.

A gentleman and definite legend who has long been battling with cancer, and a fantastic ambassador for the game who only this week was present at a charity re-enactment of that infamous World Cup semi-final from 1990 – this time having a chance to perhaps imagine what might have been, as the England side triumphed in a 3-2 victory.

Condolences to his family and close friends, and of course to all of football who will surely mourn his passing.

My favourite Bobby Robson quote is semi-Forest related, as it was made after Newcastle had signed Jermaine Jenas from us back in 2003:

WHEN NEWCASTLE UNITED travel to Germany to play Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League on February 18, Sir Bobby Robson and Jermaine Jenas will share a celebration. Precisely five decades separate the two men. “The birthday drinks are on me,” the Newcastle manager, who will be 70, said. “I’ll buy him a glass of milk in the hotel after the game.” Perhaps he knows that Jenas is not quite ready to be weaned.