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Why Sir Bobby Robson turned his back on the superstars of Newcastle United: Exclusive extracts from new book

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On September 24, deCoubertin Books will publish a new biography of Sir Bobby Robson.

Here, in two exclusive extracts in The Northern Echo, Harris examines Robson's early years, both on and off the pitch.

Written by Bob Harris, who was Robson's friend, confidante and collaborator for more than 30 years, "Bobby Robson: The Ultimate Patriot" charts Robson's rise from humble beginnings in County Durham to become one of the most successful and popular figures in the footballing world.

Like father like son as Bobby learned early lessons from his dad Bobby’s coalminer father Philip was no penny pincher, far from it, but he was a good accountant and from him Bobby learned the value of a pound.

Why Bobby Robson turned his back on the superstars of Newcastle United Bobby’s performances as an underage player were attracting attention from the scouts who watched games at all levels in droves looking for the next Jackie Milburn.

Neither were keen to see their youngest move away from home, but Bill had a persuasive tongue and he convinced Bobby that he would have a much better chance of making it at Craven Cottage where they encouraged young players and brought them into the first team, whereas at Newcastle he would always be subservient to the big stars brought in for big money.

Luckily for the Robsons, Philip was an accomplished self-taught cobbler and was able to turn his hand to repairs when necessary.
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