What does Sir Bobby mean to you? Players, managers and fans tell us about Ipswich’s greatest manager

Sir Bobby Robson with a statue of himself, unveiled in Portman Road in July 2002. Picture: PA/ANDREW

Sir Bobby Robson with a statue of himself, unveiled in Portman Road in July 2002. Picture: PA/ANDREW PARSONS - Credit: PA

Everyone has an opinion on Sir Bobby Robson, the man who provides an unlikely link between East Anglia and the North East.

Whether you first knew him as Ipswich manger, England boss, Newcastle leader or at the helm of one of his various continental teams, almost all football fans will know of Sir Bobby and his work, both in stadiums and at the head of his cancer charity.

To celebrate Sir Bobby Robson Day, when Ipswich and Newcastle meet at Portman Road on Easter Monday, we’ve spoken to his former players, fans and members of the current Ipswich playing and management staff to ask them: What does Sir Bobby Robson mean to you?

• Take a look at our slideshow of the life and times of Sir Bobby here

For many it’s his charisma, charm and grace in everything he did. For others it’s how he inspired them, both as a football man and when he was forced to repeatedly battle cancer. And of course, his connection with the fans and love for the game of football unites them all.

• Read EADT editor Terry Hunt’s memories of Sir Bobby here

Hear former players Terry Butcher, George Burley, and Roger Osborne recount their personal experiences of playing for Sir Bobby. Listen to fans Mike Grimes and Mark Bing, EADT editor Terry Hunt and sports editor Mark Heath explain what it was like supporting a side managed by him. And see Town defenders Tommy Smith and Steven Taylor, the latter who played for Sir Bobby at Newcastle, and Blues manager Mick McCarthy speak about the high esteem he is held in throughout the industry.

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Then let us know: What does Sir Bobby mean to you?

• Take our Sir Bobby Robson quiz here

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