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European glory and World Cup heartbreak: The incredible career of Sir Bobby Robson

Sir Bobby Robson. Photo: PA

Sir Bobby Robson is widely considered as one of the greatest managers of all time, and his legacy still exists to this day - five years after his death.

We look back at the greatest moments from his glittering career.

FA Cup glory (Ipswich Town - 1977/78)

Ipswich Town celebrate winning the FA Cup in 1978. Credit: PA

After four mediocre seasons in charge of Ipswich, Robson eventually unlocked Town's potential and it wasn't long before they became a force to be reckoned with in the English game.

The Tractor Boys rarely finished below sixth in the 70s as they began to assemble a talented squad.

One thing that was missing was a major trophy, but that all changed during a memorable afternoon in London.

Roger Osborne scored the winner at Wembley as Ipswich beat the mighty Arsenal to lift the FA Cup for the only time in their history.

UEFA Cup triumph (Ipswich Town - 1980/81)

Ipswich players embrace each other after winning the UEFA Cup. Credit: PA

Ipswich pulled off the stuff of dreams in 1981, as the provincial club from Suffolk became European champions.

A 5-4 victory on aggregate over Holland's AZ Alkmaar ensured that Town lifted the UEFA Cup.

The tie was ultimately won in the first leg at Portman Road, where Ipswich blew AZ away with goals from John Wark, Frans Thijssen and Paul Mariner.

Town lost the second leg 4-2, but it didn't matter, as captain Mick Mills had the privilege of lifting the famous old trophy.

Semi-final heartbreak (England - 1990 World Cup)

Sir Bobby Robson can't hide his disappointment as England are knocked out in the last four. Credit: PA

England's performance in the 1990 World Cup in Italy still remains their most impressive since winning the tournament in 1966.

Spearheaded by the brilliant Paul Gascoigne, England made it all the way to the semi-finals with victories over Belgium and Cameroon in the knockout stages.

England was gripped by World Cup fever, with millions tuning in to see if the Three Lions could reach their first World Cup final in nearly three decades.

Old foes West Germany stood in their way in Turin, but Robson's men showed no fear as they took the game to their opponents.

Gary Lineker's late equaliser forced extra time, but the teams remained locked throughout the additional 30 minutes.

The sprit of Robson's side was summed up by Gascoigne, who captured the hearts of the nation after failing to hold back the tears following a booking which would rule him out of the final - should England get there.

The young star was typically consoled by Robson.

In a touching moment on the Turin turf, the England manager pulled Gazza to one side and made it perfectly clear how pivotal he'd been in the team's run to the last four.

Gazza struggles to hold back the tears. Credit: PA

"You've been one of the best players of the tournament.

Don't worry son. Don't worry son.

You've been absolutely magnificent. Haven't you, yeah?

You've got your whole life ahead of you. This is your first."

– Sir Bobby Robson

As it happened, Gascoigne didn't need to worry about missing the final as the Germans went on to progress on penalties.

Despite the defeat, the Three Lions returned home as heroes after a terrific showing.

Living the dream (Managing Newcastle United)

Sir Bobby Robson in charge at Newcastle United. Credit: PA

A proud son of the North East, Sir Bobby Robson had always dreamt of managing Newcastle United and in 1999 he was finally given his opportunity.

However, despite playing a brand of glorious attacking football, Robson was unable to deliver a first major trophy to the club since the 1969 Fairs Cup triumph.

His reign wasn't without moments of glory though, as the Toon reached the Champions League under his stewardship with a young and exciting team.

He was eventually sacked in August 2004 following a poor start to the season, but he is still fondly remembered by Newcastle fans for his efforts.

He was granted the freedom of the city a year later, an honour he valued as his proudest moment.

"What is a club in any case? Not the buildings or the directors or the people who are paid to represent it.

It’s not the television contracts, get-out clauses, marketing departments or executive boxes.

It’s the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city. It’s a small boy clambering up stadium steps for the very first time, gripping his father’s hand, gawping at that hallowed stretch of turf beneath him and, without being able to do a thing about it, falling in love."

– Sir Bobby Robson

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