Robson Takes Defeat With Dignity!

Last updated : 07 August 2008 By Footy Mad - Editor
Robson seems to have admitted defeat with his fifth bout of the illness and has accepted doctors' prognosis that he is unlikely to beat it.

Robson: "I have accepted what they have told me and I am determined to make the most of what time I have left.

"I am going to die sooner rather than later. But then everyone has to go some time, and I have enjoyed every minute.

"I have been fortunate to survive this long. It is thanks to the doctors and their dedication."

Sir Bobby has enjoyed a football career spanning six decades - from playing days with Fulham and England, to managerial triumphs first with Ipswich and then as national coach at two World Cups, to continental coaching appointments.

Sir Robert William Robson, CBE (born in Sacriston 18 February 1933).

His professional playing career as an inside-forward spanned nearly 20 years, during which he played for just three clubs - Fulham, West Bromwich Albion and briefly for the defunct Vancouver Royals. He also made 20 appearances for England, scoring four goals.

He is now better known for his success as both a club and international manager, having won league championships in both the Netherlands and Portugal, earning trophies in England and Spain, and taking England to the semi-final of the 1990 World Cup. He was most recently a mentor to the manager of the Irish national football team.

Robson was knighted in 2002, is a member of the English Football Hall of Fame and is the honorary president of Ipswich Town. He has, since 1991, had recurrent medical problems with cancer, and in May 2007 revealed that he had cancerous nodules in his lungs; he vowed to "battle as I've always done" against the illness.