Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Legendary Bosses Who Graced St James' Sir Bobby Robson Would Have Turned 81 This Week. Meanwhile, Joe Harvey Passed Away 25 Years Ago. We Salute Two Truly Great Newcastle United Managers

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Legendary Bosses Who Graced St James' Sir Bobby Robson Would Have Turned 81 This Week. Meanwhile, Joe Harvey Passed Away 25 Years Ago. We Salute Two Truly Great Newcastle United Managers

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THEY are two of Newcastle United's finest managers - Joe Harvey and Sir Bobby Robson.

Sadly, both great men are no longer with us.

Indeed, Joe passed away in this week 25 years ago, while Sir Bobby would have been celebrating his 81st birthday, had he still been alive.

The achievements of Joe Harvey at Newcastle United have perhaps been under-appreciated over the decades, but in recent years the campaign to raise PS10,000 for a memorial plaque has been a huge success and sparked a reappraisal of Harvey's career.

Born in Doncaster in 1918, Joe would go on to distinguish himself as a player, coach, manager and scout at St James' Park.

One of the club's most loyal servants, he was skipper when the Magpies won the FA Cup two years on the bounce - 1951 and 1952.

A decade later, he returned to manage a club that had slipped into the second division.

Within three years, Harvey had led the black and whites back to the promised land of the top flight and, by the end of the decade, United had disposed of some of the finest teams in Europe to win the Inter-City Fairs Cup in 1969.

Forty-five years on, it remains the last major trophy won by Newcastle United.

After a tenure of 13 years, Harvey left the post of manager in 1975. He continued scouting for the club - and died, aged 70, on February 24, 1989.

His successes, as we have seen, have sometimes been underplayed, but the 5ft by 3ft memorial plaque honouring his name which will be mounted on the wall of St James' Park in April will help to re-dress the balance.

The achievements of Sir Bobby Robson, both on and off the pitch, are fresher in the memory.

The foundation set up in his name to help in the battle against cancer has raised millions and done much good.

As Newcastle manager, Robson arrived relatively late in his hugely successful career, but had the drive and ability to quickly transform United from bottom-of -the-table strugglers to title challengers and Champions' League participants. …

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