In a game of duplicity and dishonesty Bobby Robson stood out like a beacon. He was a true gentleman and one of the few people in football of whom no one could say a bad word. His achievements at Ipswich Town were legendary, and although he was attacked for his record as England manager, few football fans will ever forget the achievements of his team in 1990. The England v Germany semi final was a game that most of us will always list in our top five most memorable games of all time. I was an insurance reporter for Lloyd's List, covering a brokers conference in Nottingham. I remember sitting in a room with about 800 insurance brokers watching the game, and when Gazza broke down in tears so did we. Bobby Robson was about the only person to keep his cool.
His fight against cancer lasted a very long time. He couldn't quite believe he survived for as long as he did.
It really is true to say there will never be another Bobby Robson. He was a giant among footballing men.
PS Yes, this is a politics blog, but Bobby Robson was a much loved national figure, so please don't bother leaving a comment complaining about this post, because it won't be let through.