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Hughton gives strong hint of Butt exit.

April 23rd, 2010 | 88 Comments |

Butt in action, but for how much longer?
Butt in action, but for how much longer?
Newcastle United manager, Chris Hughton, speaking in an interview, has given a very strong hint that this may be Nicky Butt’s last season at Newcastle, and that he may be retiring from the playing altogether as our spell in the Championship reaches it’s close.

Hughton said of Butt:

“If I look at the period of time I’ve been here, Nicky has been a wonderful ambassador,”

“I knew of him before, of course, and his achievements at United when he was one of that group of young quality players.

“What I’ve seen of him in my time here is exactly that – someone with the grandeur he had at United. (more…)


The final whistle: A biography of Sir Bobby Robson. Part Three – England Manager.

August 17th, 2009 | 6 Comments |

< < Part Two – Coming soon: Part Four >>

Bobby Robson: England Manager.

Sir Bobby: Always in the eye of the media.
Sir Bobby: Always in the eye of the media.
“Managing England was very different to managing a club. For one thing, it took me two years to adjust to the job. It was lonely. You didn’t see your players for months sometimes and then the chance you had for any coaching work with them was almost non-existent.” Sir Bobby Robson – ‘Farewell but not Goodbye’ 2005.

Robson’s long reign as England manager was an eventful one with many great moments, some great runs, a few disappointing patches (inevitably followed by huge vitriol from the press), often followed by inspirational tactical switches and salvation. But, alas, it always seemed to be bad lack that got Bobby in the end, whether it was ‘divine intervention’ on behalf of Diego Maradona, disallowed goals or Oscar winning acting performances (and slightly better penalty taking it must be said) from the Germans. Though Bobby himself was far too much of a gentleman to condemn the great Franz Beckenbauer’s supreme gamesmanship, he wasn’t above criticising Maradona when he questioned the role of God’s hand in that famous goal of 1986:

“It wasn’t the hand of God. It was the hand of a rascal. God had nothing to do with it… That day, Maradona was diminished in my eyes forever.” (more…)


The final whistle: A biography of Sir Bobby Robson – Part Two.

August 12th, 2009 | 2 Comments |

< < Part One - Langley Park to WBA and England Part Three: England 82 – 86 >>

Return to Fulham

Bobby at Fulham in 1966, seeing off some fearsome oppostion!
Bobby at Fulham in 1966, seeing off some fearsome oppostion!
After six years of fine service to the Midlands club however, Bobby returned to Fulham in 1962, his departure caused by a wage dispute with the bigwigs of Albion. Bobby had just welcomed a second son into the world with Elsie, and financial security was very much at the forefront of Bobby’s mind. Though he loved playing at West Brom, these were the days when being a top class international footballer was little different from being a bus driver.

Back in West London, his salary was immediatedly doubled, and Bobby could at last enjoy some form of financial security. This was largely due to his Fulham team-mate, Jimmy Hill and his great work as president of the PFA (Professional Footballer’s Association). In 1961, Hill managed to get the ‘maximum wage’ for footballers abolished. Just before it’s abolition, it stood at (eat your heart out, Christiano Ronaldo) £20 per week.

Though far less ‘pacy’ with his advancing years, Bobby’s superb skill and technique were still there in his Fulham encore, so he played a further 192 games for Fulham over five years, eventually retreating into a more defensive role. (more…)


The final whistle: A biography of Sir Bobby Robson. Part One – Langley Park to West Bromwich Albion and England.

August 10th, 2009 | 4 Comments |

Part Two >>

Sir Bobby.
Sir Bobby.
Robert William Robson 1933 – 2009.

“I have accepted what they have told me and I am determined to make the most of what time I have left. I am going to die sooner rather than later. But then everyone has to go some time, and I have enjoyed every minute.” – Sir Bobby Robson.

This remarkably courageous and moving statement, made by Sir Bobby as his life was inexorably drawing to it’s end, was perhaps summed up best by James Marston in the Ipswich Evening Star when he wrote in his own tribute:

“Anyone who can say that, whoever they are and whatever they have done in life, is lucky indeed.”

Quite so, for he had a life affirming quality that made him respected and loved by almost everyone he came into contact with, and he relished it. The following is a biographical tribute to Sir Bobby, who will be sadly missed in many parts of the world.
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