Football Legend: Bobby Robson
Sir Robert William „Bobby“ Robson was born 18 February 1933 and died 31 of July 2009. He was famous English footballer and football manager, he was even manager of England national team. His professional football career lasted almost 20 years in which he played for three clubs: Fulham, West Bromwich Albion, and, for short time, Vancouver Royals. He also played 20 matches for England national team and scored four goals. After his football career, he becomes very successful international manager. He won championships in Netherlands and Portugal, also, he earned trophies in England and Spain. He also lead English national team to the semi-final of the 1990 World Cup.
Bobby Robson has signed his first professional contract, but his father insisted that he works as an electrician. For some time he worked as an electrician and trained three times a week at Fulham. When he was unable to do bought he decided to try his chance in football, and that was definitely the right choice. In 1950 he made his first debut for Fulham, which was recently promoted to the First Division. He always thought of Fulham as a serious, social and nice club, but never thought that it would be able to go all the way and win the national championship. He spend few years in Fulham, then in 1956, he sign for the West Bromwich Albion. In his debut for the Albion, his team lost 4-0 against Manchester City. In a season of 1957-1958, he was club`s top scorer, he scored 24 goals in the national championship. In the year 1962 he returned to Fulham after some problems that he had with Albion`s vice-chairman over the salary.
The first time that he was at Fulham, he participated in two ambassadorial Football Associations tours in the West Indies in 1955 and in South Africa in 1956. In 1956 he joined England`s national team and made 20 appearances for the national team with 4 goals scored.
Robson first managing debut was in 1968 as a manager of his former club Fulham in a game against Macclesfield Town. Unfortunate, he was not able to save the club from falling in the Second Division. He left Fulham in November of the same year. In 1969 he took over the Ipswich Town. This was the time when Robson had started to build his manager career and show how successful he can be in right conditions. He lead Ipswich Town to the amazing fourth place in the national league. In next nine seasons, Ipswich only once finished lower than sixth place in the First Division. He also won the FA Cup in season 1977-78 against Arsenal. He also had many successful jobs on the international club scene. As a manager of England, he had some great results. Best accomplishment with the national team was semi-final of the 1990 World Cup.
Bobby Robson was a true sportsman, manager, and gentlemen. There are not many people that were successful as a player and as manager, but Robson did a great job on bought sides, and that is why he should be remembered as a football legend.