On This Day – Bobby Robson Born

18-2-1933: Former Ipswich and England manager Bobby Robson was born on this day in 1933.

Robson’s playing career lasted from 1950 to 1967. He started and ended his career at Fulham. In between his periods at Craven Cottage he played for West Bromwich Albion. He won a total of 20 England caps.

After a short period as Fulham manager which ended in him being sacked he became manager of Ipswich Town in 1969. Despite winning the First Division under Alf Ramsey in 1961-62 season Ipswich had mainly stayed in the Second Division before Robson lead the team to a prolonged period at the top of English football. Ipswich twice finished runners-up and won the 1978 FA Cup final and the UEFA Cup in 1981.

Robson succeeded Ron Greenwood as England manager in 1982. England reached the Quarter-finals of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico but where defeated by Maradona’s hand of God. Four years later England went one step closer when they lost on penalties to West Germany in Italy.

Robson left the England job after the Italy World Cup and managed four of the leading clubs in Holland (PSV), Portugal (Sporting Lisbon and Porto) and Spain (Barcelona) . He won the Dutch and Portuguese title twice and won the 1997 European Cup Winners’ Cup with Barcelona.

In 1999 Robson returned to his native North East of England to manage Newcastle. In the 2001-02 season they finished fourth. The following season they did one better finishing third behind Manchester United and Arsenal. In his final season in charge the club finished fifth. Robson was sacked early in the 2004-5 season after a poor start.

Robson has received numerous awards and was knighted in 2002 for his lifetime  in football.

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