• Robert William Robson was born in Sacriston, February 1933, as the fourth of five sons. He grew up in Langley Park on the outskirts of Durham.

• He signed his first professional contract with Fulham in May 1950, turning down an offer from local side Middlesbrough .

• Sir Bobby made his first team debut for Fulham in 1950, following the club’s promotion to the First Division. The side were relegated in 1951.

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• Sir Bobby returned to the top-flight with a move to West Bromwich Albion in March 1956 for the club record transfer fee of £25,000. Following a successful spell as captain, he returned to Fulham in 1962.

• In 1957, Sir Bobby made his first appearance for England. He eventually played 20 times for the national side, scoring four goals and playing in the 1958 World Cup.

• Sir Bobby made his managerial debut in January 1968 with his former club Fulham, however he failed to save the struggling side from relegation, leaving in November of that year.

• Sir Bobby moved to Ipswich Town in 1969. During his 13 years at Ipswich he won the FA Cup, the UEFA Cup and the Texaco Cup.

• He was appointed England manager on July 7, 1982, leading the side in the 1986 and 1990 World Cups. England were knocked out in the semi-finals on penalties in 1990.

• He moved to Dutch Side PSV Eindhoven in 1990, winning the national league, and then on to Portuguese sides Sporting Lisbon and Porto, seeing success with both clubs.

• In 1996 Sir Bobby won the European Cup Winners’ Cup with Barcelona, later becoming the club’s general manager responsible for scouting new international talent.

• Aged 66, he returned to his native North-East in 1999 to manage Newcastle United, where he was loved and respected by Newcastle fans.

• Sir Bobby, a lifelong patriot, was knighted in 2002.

• He was first diagnosed with cancer in 1992.

• He received a further four diagnoses in subsequent years leading up to the discovery of inoperable tumours in his lungs in February 2007.

• He launched the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation on March 25 2008.

• Sir Bobby died on July 31, 2009. Tributes poured in from around the world, and a thanksgiving service for his life was attended by 1,000 guests at Durham Cathedral.