Bobby Robson had already enjoyed success at Barcelona and PSV and on this day 17 years ago, the former English manager took charge of Newcastle United.
With the club rooted to the bottom of the EPL, the club thrashed Sheffield Wednesday 8-0 in his first game, guiding them to an 11th-placed finish. A fourth spot was achieved the following campaign, and went even better in the next with a third-place finish.
Silverware was hard to come by losing to Marseille in the 2004 UEFA Cup semi-finals and he was sacked that summer. He died in July 2009 but was never forgotten at St James’ Park with a statue outside the stadium and was awarded the freedom of Newcastle upon Tyne.
1972: Northern Ireland’s Mary Peters pips West Germany’s Heidi Rosendahl to the gold medal in the pentathlon at the Munich Olympics.
2004: Sir Clive Woodward announces he would be leaving rugby after the 2005 summer Lions tour to New Zealand.
2006: American legend Andre Agassi retires from tennis after being knocked out of the US Open by Benjamin Becker.
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