Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rousing Return for Sir Bobby; Second in Our Series on High-Scoring United Games

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rousing Return for Sir Bobby; Second in Our Series on High-Scoring United Games

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WHEN the Geordie godfather of Gallowgate announced he was "coming home" to manage Newcastle United - an entire city sensed a grand return.

However, even when Sir Bobby Robson was paraded on the hallowed turf of St James' Park before the crunch basement battle with Sheffield Wednesday, nobody could have quite predicted it would be as grand as this.

Robson's return to the North East had resulted in a narrow 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea in the game before the visit of the Owls.

And with the Magpies deep in trouble, a big performance was needed to prevent Newcastle remaining rooted to the bottom of the table.

Like United, Danny Wilson's struggling Yorkshire side had made a poor start to the season - but there was no doubt about it, with Newcastle heading for mid-September with NO wins on the board, relegation was already looking a major possibility even at this early stage.

But those fears were soon dusted away and with Robson vowing to get an out of sorts Alan Shearer playing back to his full potential it didn't take long for those fears of relegation to disappear. Looking back on that game, in a quote from Chronicle archives, Shearer said: "Sir Bobby turned this club around when they were at the bottom of the Premier League.

"He will always be remembered for that.

"He is a fantastic man and he did some great things for Newcastle.

"He had the chance to put something back into his hometown team and he took it.

"When he was here he did some great things for us.

"We all remember the 8-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

"And I have plenty of fond memories from my career of the time he was at Newcastle."

BACK HOME Sir Bobby Robson The attacking football was relentless against Sheff Wed and Kevin Pressman was about to endure his worst nightmare.

The rout against the Owls had started with a rare goal from Aaron Hughes on 11 minutes but there was much more to come from United. …

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