Sir Bobby Robson's Last Public Outing Was Full Of Emotion
The late Sir Bobby Robson would have been 86 this year and we’re celebrating the great man’s legacy by remembering his final public outing, rather fittingly at St James’ Park for the ‘Sir Bobby Robson trophy’ tribute match between England and Germany.
A number of players who played in the famous semi-final at Italia 90′ turned out in the replay, alongside other legends with connections to Sir Bobby and various celebrities.
It was a beautiful and emotional spectacle, with Tenors Unlimited, a three-piece opera group, singing both national anthems as well as belting out Nessun Dorma to mark that memorable night in Turin.
Sir Bobby was seriously ill but still made the effort to shake everyone’s hand when he was wheeled onto the pitch in his chair and was presented with two prestigious honours: a Lifetime Achievement Award and the Emerald UEFA Order of Merit award.
Because he was so weak and fatigued he wasn’t able to fully appreciate England’s 3-2 comeback victory but said he enjoyed the game when asked by his son, Mark.
He then famously quipped “How did Gascoigne play?” – something that had Gazza tearing up when they told him as part of an ITV documentary.
Robson was like a father figure to so many of his players and they still have fond memories of playing under him.
When BBC showed footage of the 1990 World Cup in July, it really got to Gary Lineker.
“Don’t know, I think I have something in my eye,” said the former England striker when the camera cut back to him, fighting back tears. “Bobby, bless him.”
Robson gave Lineker his England debut back in 1984 and coached him for the national team all the way through until that semi-final run in 1990.
His legacy still lives on today through the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which continues to raise millions for charity.