UK time is: 16:21:28
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Ex-U`s Boss Mills Salutes Sir Bobby Robson

Mick Mills, the former England captain, Ipswich player and Colchester boss has saluted Sir Bobby Robson who died this morning.

Mills, infamously managing the U`s when they were relegated out of the Football League in 1990, was an ever-present under Robson for four seasons in the mid-1970s, having become team skipper earlier in the decade.

"When you saw the pictures of him last week, it was very, very sad then but just thinking about what he has been through in the last two or three years takes me back to when I first met him, in 1989 when he became manager of Ipswich," Mills told the BBC.

"He took over a very difficult job, he hadn`t actually started his management career too well and it was vital for him to be successful. We saw him really fighting, displaying all that courage he had in his latter years, to make it a success. We weren`t a good team, but Bobby steered us through," he added.

Robson won the F.A. Cup and the UEFA Cup as Town manager and tributes have been pouring in all day across news agencies and via the internet as football fans pay tribute to a genuine godfather figure of modern English Football.




In August 2008, Vital Colchester ran the following tribute to Sir Bobby ahead of the season`s League Cup clash with Ipswich and as part of a comment column. It was in reaction to the news that his cancer, which he bravely fought off five times, had become terminal.

Comment

Sir Bobby Robson`s admission this week [as at August 2008] that he may not be physically able to fight another cancer battle, having defeated the illness many times already, is sad news indeed.

Legend has it that Bobby`s humorous response upon hearing of the logistics behind his first diagnosis ran: 'Malignant melanoma? We don`t need him!' Infamously, the 75-year-old apparently mistook the doctor`s identification of his tumour for a German left-back.

His status as an Ipswich Town idol, aka The King of East Anglia, may seem to have little relevance in a space usually reserved for all-things Colchester United, even to geography-conscious readers.

Almost as unimportant as the fact that Bobby nurtured some of the all-time greats of the modern game, like Brazil`s Ronaldo and Romario, Rudd Van Nistelrooy or Luis Figo to the peak of their powers.

All that pails into insignificance, anyway, when considering how one of football`s most endearing individuals, a Grandfather-like guardian of the English game both here and abroad, offers us a mirror of the most desirable traits of all humanity. Grace. Wisdom. Bravery.




We want to know YOUR thoughts...


VITAL COLCHESTER; YOUR VOICE, YOUR CHOICE!


VITAL COLCHESTER IS 100% UNOFFICIAL - FOR THE FANS, BY THE FANS!


Follow us on Twitter










Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Matt_Us Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 31 2009

Time: 9:19PM

Your Comments

RIP Sir Bobby. A true footballing legend and gentlemen.
StevieG Col U
I agree, 100 percent.
Matt_Us
R.I.P Sir Bobby. I still remember that BBC Lifetime Achievement awad he got in 2007, and his round of applause went on forever!
up_the_u's_aaron
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Colchester United Articles

Cardiff Cup-Tie On The BBC (Tuesday December 16 2014)

Stats: U's v Rochdale (Saturday December 13 2014)

New Deal For Former Chelsea 'Keeper (Saturday December 13 2014)

Packwood Back With Birmingham (Saturday December 13 2014)

Team News: U's v Rochdale (Saturday December 13 2014)

Cup Windfall Could Extend Defender Stay (Wednesday December 10 2014)

Colchester Handed Cardiff Tie (Tuesday December 9 2014)

Gorkss Agrees Short-Term Deal (Sunday December 7 2014)

Archived Colchester United Articles

List All Vital Colchester Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Matt_Us 1

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
18. Gillingham 20 5 7 8 -6 22
19. Scunthorpe 19 6 4 9 -9 22
20. Crawley 20 5 7 8 -11 22
21. Yeovil 20 5 5 10 -12 20
22. Leyton Orient 20 4 7 9 -6 19
23. Colchester 20 4 5 11 -13 17
24. Crewe 20 4 4 12 -23 16

Breaking League News

Hard Fought FA Cup Win For Robins
Scunthorpe : 18/12/2014 16:16:00
Patience Was Key In Aldershot Victory
Rochdale : 18/12/2014 16:05:00
Derry Confirms Easter Talks
Notts County : 18/12/2014 15:54:00
Crawley Offer Two Year Deal To Walsh
Crawley : 18/12/2014 15:36:00
Former City Target Shines In Under-21 Defeat
Coventry : 18/12/2014 14:44:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Yeovil v Colchester?
Suggested By:  
Colchester win 34%
Yeovil win 33%
Draw 33%