Timeline: Sir Bobby Robson

Timeline: Sir Bobby Robson

Bobby Robson leading out his team as right-half and captain of West Bromwich Albion in 1962

Bobby Robson takes his England team through training in 1988

Bobby Robson as manager of Barcelona after winning the Spanish King's Cup Final in Madrid

Bobby Robson returns to his native North-East in 1999 to manage Newcastle United, where he was loved and respected by Newcastle fans

Sir Bobby Robson with wife, Elsie, and sons Paul and Andrew after being knighted at Buckingham Palace by Prince Charles in 2002

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

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• 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.

• 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.

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