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Facts about Bobby Robson, the Five-O

The football world has had several outstanding stars who have left their names amongst the top ones. In today's article, we want to talk about a man whose management era was as successful as his playing time. Stay with us within the top facts about Bobby Robson to know him more.

Full name Sir Robert William Robson is an English former footballer and football manager. During his career history, Robson experienced not only playing but managing his country's national team. Furthermore, he was a UEFA Cup-winning manager at a professional association football club, Ipswich Town.

Robson appeared as an inside forward for Fulham, West Bromwich Albion, and Vancouver Royals for about 20 years. Meanwhile, he made 20 international appearances for England and scored four goals for his team. After his retirement as a player, Robson began his managerial profession and did successfully at the club and international levels.

The excellent performance earned him many achievements, including achieving league championships in Portugal and the Netherland, gaining awards in Spain and England, and leading England to the semi-finals of the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

Following the latter one, the team earned its best run in a World Cup since 1966 and lasted till 2018 which they reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup. Afterward, Robson played another role, a mentor to the Republic of Ireland national team's manager.

However, his last official job in clubs was working at the boyhood club Newcastle United and ended it in 2004. In addition to his managerial positions in English, Robson had more other ones outside of it, including one year at Barcelona in 1996-97, PSV, Sporting CP, Porto. Although much information has remained about his career, we will defer it to another article and focus on some other facts about Bobby Robson out of his profession.

Top facts about Bobby Robson you may not know

Appearing successfully as a player and performing brilliantly well as a manager has earned many significant facts about Bobby Robson. Through the following article, we have presented a comprehensive review of his professional and personal life. Without more ado, let's start reading a shortlist of general 

facts about Bobby Robson


  • Full Name:

     Sir Robert William Robson

  • Nickname:

     Bobby Five-O

  • Date of Birth:

     18 February 1933 

  • Place of Birth:

     Sacriston, Country Durham, England

  • Date of Death:

     13 July 2009 (Aged 76) 

  • Nationality:


  • Playing Position:

     Inside forward

  • National Team:


  • Teams (as a player)

    : Fulham, West Bromwich Albion, Vancouver Royals

  • Teams (as a manager):

     Fulham, Ipswich Town, England, PSV Eindhoven, Sporting CP, Porto, Barcelona, Newcastle United

 Now that reading some general info about Robson made a little background for you, it is better to read more about his personal and professional life. 

Bobby Robson Early Life

Born in Sacriston, Robson became the fourth child of the family, who had four older and one younger. Their parents were Philip and Lilian Robson, which due to his father's job, who was a coal miner, the family moved to a village near Langley Park. Bobby spent his childhood in a two-bedroom house which did not have a bath and had a toilet outside.

One interesting fact about Bobby Robson's childhood is the memories he had from watching Newcastle United plays. By a 34-mile round trip on Saturday afternoon, he went with his father to watch the competition regularly.

Two of Bobby's childhood heroes are Jackie Milburn and Len Shackleton, who played the inside-forward position for the club. Boby studied at Langley Park primary school and then attended the Wterhouses secondary modern school, which its headmaster prevented joining the school football team to any leagues.

However, it could not work as a block on his way not to follow football, his interest. Bobby appeared at Langley Park Juniors on Saturdays mornings when he was 11 and kept playing till he became a 15-year-old player. At the time, Bobby represented the team at the under-18 level. 

One highlighted fact in 

Bobby Robson early life

 back to his 15, when he left education to begin a profession. Starting the job as an electrician's apprentice for the National Coal Board in the Langley Park Colliery, Bobby played football whenever he found the opportunity of doing it.

Finally, his effort paid off in May 1950, which Bill Dodgin set a personal visit with Bobby's family regarding a professional contract. Although Middlesbrough had offered a contract to Bobby, the suggested one by Dodgin seemed much more attractive for him, which led him to sign a contract with Fulham and start his profession as a wing half and inside forward for them.

Bobby's priority was Newcastle, but instead, he joined Fulham and described its reason as "Newcastle made no appreciable effort to secure my signature." However, the chance of breaking into the first team at Fulham was another reason which encouraged him to sign a contract with Fulham. 

Bobby Robson Wife

Elise Gary, who later became 

Bobby Robson wife

, was studying as a nurse when he met Bobby for the first time. He had come back for a trip to his parent's home in Langley Park which they met each other. Having studied, Gary started her job as a teacher.

On 25 June 1955, when Bobby was 22, he got married to Elsie while he had chosen his Fulham teammate Tom Wilson to attend him at the wedding ceremony as his best man. Andrew, Mark, and Paul Robson are Bobson and Elise's children.

Bobby Robson Personal Life

After 1991, after doing several tests and diagnosing that Bobby was suffering cancer, he had several operations. Additionally, in 2006, he did one for a brain tumor. Unfortunately, the problems had some effects on his profession. One of them was when he was at Porto and suffering from malignant melanoma caused him not to participate in the first few months of the 1995-96 season. 

On 17 October 2006, as the news said, he had decided to sign a contract to start his cooperation with the Irish team as a consultant. One year later, Bobby announced the diagnosis of cancer for the fifth time. In May 2008, Bobby appeared as the guest of honor at the 2008 FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.

It was a competition between



Cardiff City

, which the former ended in a 1-0 victory, and Bobby presented the award to Sol Campbell, the winning captain. As it is clear, 

Bobby Robson personal life

 was full of health problems that almost whoever was in his place had given up while he stood and continued his life successfully. 

Bobby Robson Instagram

Nowadays, following prominent people on various social media in all fields is a way that allows them to know more about their personal and professional lives. Whether the launch of pages 




 refers to when he was alive or not, many people are now following them.

As it comes from the names of 

Bobby Robson Instagram

, the former shares posts related to the Foundation he established to help people who suffer cancer. The latter publishes various items about when he was a football manager and even earlier his playing time. 

Bobby Robson Net Worth

For those who like knowing how rich the British football manager was, this paragraph, is regarding his net worth and will give them the answer. Though lack of information about his lifestyle does not let us write anything about  it, some online sources have published an estimated amount for 

Bobby Robson net worth

, $ USD 2 Mil.

Bobby Charlton achievements

The successful character in the football world left a wide range of honors and awards during his professional history as a footballer and a manager. Through this section, we have gathered some of the most notable 

Bobby Robson achievements


By the end of his reign as England manager, which lasted for eight years, Robson became a CBE in 1991 and then knighted in 2002. He earned both of them due to his contribution to football and his services for it. While he was managing

Newcastle United

, the 69-year-old manager achieved the freedom of Newcastle upon Tyne and the UEFA President's Award for "services to football."

Having been inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2003, which he earned due to his excellent impression as a manager, Robson became an Honorary Freeman of Newcastle, which described it as "the proudest moment of my life" in his autobiography. Robson also recorded the 2001 British Sports Writers' Association Pat Besford Trophy for Outstanding Achievement in his career history.


The lifetime achievement award from the Sports Coach UK Awards, the Eircom International Personality of the Year, and the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC'S Sports Personality of the Year show were the honors he gained within three consecutive years, 2005, 2006, and 2007.

One of his other achievements was the Freedom of Ipswich that the Lady Mayor granted him. Robson's last honor, which he received five days before his death, was the Emerald UEFA Order of Merit award, as one of the people who had allocated their skills and abilities to enhance the level of the game. 

Bobby Robson Career History 

We have divided 

Bobby Robson career history

 into two parts, playing and management periods, which in this paragraph, we have presented short descriptions about both of them. 

Playing for


for six consecutive seasons from 150-51 to 1955-56 season, Bobson appeared in 157 matches and scored 69 goals, which 1954-55 was his most efficient season that through 43 appearances netted 23 times.

Then he joined

West Bromwich Albion

in the 1955-56 season and kept playing there for the six following ones. Meanwhile, he played in 257 competitions and left 61 scored goals for the club.

In the 1962-63 season, Robson returned to Fulham and played there for six seasons till 1966-67. Robson again displayed excellent performance, and through appearing in 370 matches, he scored 80 goals for them.


The last team was Vancouver Royal which he had joined through a three-year deal as player-manager in their inaugural 1968 season. However, some events had caused him not to be satisfied with the situation, and when the club offered a contract as the team's manager, Robson accepted the role at Craven Cottage.

Besides playing at club level, Robson appeared in 20 matches for his country's national team from 1957 to 1962 and scored four goals. As Bobby's management history shows, amongst various clubs that he managed, the result he gained with


was the most successful one.

As career statistics explains, they ended 71.67 percent of the competitions in victories. Fulham, the first team that Bobby managed, was the least efficient one. The club could finish only 16.67 matches in victories when it was under Bobby's management. 

Bobby Robson Charity

Before talking about 

Bobby Robson charity

, it is better to know more about the story behind his decision because it finally led him to think about establishing a foundation in the field. In 1992, when Robson was 59, he overcame bowel cancer and three years later malignant melanoma.

However, they were not all problems, and in 2006 doctors diagnosed a tumor in his right lung and a brain tumor. Following treatment of these diseases, he suffered partially paralyzed because the brain tumor had caused him a stroke.

On the other hand, removing the melanoma by surgery left him with a partially prosthetic upper jaw. After all these treatments, in 2007, doctors diagnosed another cancer, consisting of cancerous nodules in both lungs, which was his fifth one. Cancer was under control through bouts of chemotherapy since December 2008.

Experiencing various kinds of cancer and following the final diagnosis, Robson decided to dedicate the remaining years of his life to help people who had the same situation and were fighting cancer. Robson could implement his decision on 25 March 2008, and by launching the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, it could raise over £1 million.

The amount of money supplied the equipment for the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre in the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne. He also kept his effort to fund other cancer-related projects in the North East of England. 

Robson's 1990 World Cup semi-final ended in a 4-3 loss against Germany, which in aid of the Foundation, they replayed as the Sir Bobby Robson Trophy competition at St James' Park on 26 July 2009. The same players from the original 1900 World Cup teams and the same special guests attended the match.

Additionally, before the competition that his team ended in a 3-2 victory, Robson had also gotten a guard of honor. When Robson died, his Foundation had raised £1.6 million. It also received a total of £156,000 donations within the 18 days after his death.

Then through an announcement, his family stated Alan Shearer as the man who could take over Bobby's role in the Foundation that had raised more than £2 million. By September 2010, the capital of the Foundation passed £2.5 million, and three more supporters, Steve Gibson, Mick Mills, and Nial Quinn, joined it. 

Some Short Facts about Bobby Robson

In addition to the mentioned 

facts about Bobby Robson

, some other ones are short but notable, which we have grouped in the following section.

-Though football was Robson's interest which allocated many parts of his time to itself, he did other activities outside of football. Acting as a pundit for ITV within the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004, Bobby Robson had created several product endorsements. One of them was appearing in Carlsberg's "Best Pub Side" television commercial. 

-By Robson's death on 31 July 2009 after a long battle with lung cancer, several leading features of the football world and politics praised him. Following the sad news, Sir Alex Ferguson, the 

Manchester United

 manager, described Robson as a "great friend, a wonderful individual, and tremendous football man."

Additionally, Michel Platini said, "He will be remembered not only for his playing career and his outstanding managerial career at both club and international level but also because he was a truly warm and passionate human being."

-The excellent performance in his playing and managing profession aroused much admiration, which by his death all of them became sadness. One of them was Gary Linekar's statement that mentioned that "It is a sad and a great loss. He was a wonderful man and will be deeply missed by everybody in the country. I never played for a more enthusiastic man. He gave so much to the game." 

-Though Robson was a popular character in the football world, due to his family decision, his funeral ceremony was a private family one, which they held on 5 August 2009. They had kept the location of the funeral undisclosed and then, at its time, took place the ceremony in Esh, Country Durham.

Later, Robson's family held a thanksgiving service for Bobby on 21 September 2009 at Durham Cathedral and invited a thousand guests to attend the service. 

Owning a long career history as a player and a manager has earned Robson many things to share, which we tried to cover the most significant ones on the list of top 

facts about Bobby Robson


Despite our efforts in gathering much more notable info about him, there might be some parts that we have missed. However, if you have any ideas regarding the presented facts, share them via the comment section.

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