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Farewell but not Goodbye: My Autobiography Hardcover – 27 Jul 2005

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  • Hardcover: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; 1st edition (27 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780340823460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340823460
  • ASIN: 0340823461
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.1 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bobby Robson is a legend in British football, and his autobiography, Farewell but not Goodbye, is a lively and dramatic picture of a life lived in and for the Beautiful Game. While Robson has been granted almost godlike status in Newcastle and the North East, his career has touched on every aspect of the national sport. The book describes his days as a player for Fulham and West Brom in the 50s and 60s, the 20 England caps he collected over the years and (of course) his spectacularly successful career in management (all 40 years of it); there is no career quite like this in English football.

We all know, of course, that sportsmen's autobiographies are customarily written with a little 'hidden assistance', and Paul Hayward's contribution here should not be overlooked. With the latter's subtle help, the opening chapters detailing Robson's childhood and early years in the North-East have a vividness and texture worthy of such writers as John Braine. But most readers will be keen to get to Robson’s sporting career, and if they do a little judicious skipping of these early chapters, they can be forgiven. Soon, we’re presented with some of the historic sporting achievements which have been part of Robson’s stellar career. There is the ‘Hand of God’ story, the ill-starred Paul Gascoigne's emotional breakdowns (which so endeared him to the nation) and the high tension of Robson’s squiring the England team through two dramatic World Cups.

Too many autobiographies have cheated the reader by drawing a discreet veil over the very things that we most wish to read about -- but Robson will have no truck with such mealy-mouthed evasion; for the first time he describes the real story behind his sacking as Newcastle manager in 2004, and his five turbulent years at St James’s Park is treated with similar frankness. --Barry Forshaw


Revered in Newcastle and the North-East, Sir Bobby Robson is a man whose fame knows no boundaries and who enjoys phenomenal popularity. His playing days with Fulham and West Brom in the 1950s and 60s, his twenty England caps and his brilliant management career over the past thirty-eight years mean that he has inspired generations of fans. He has been witness to some of the most historic sporting moments throughout his incredible career, and in his book remembers epic incidents from the 'Hand of God' to the tears of Gazza. He also relives leading England through two World Cups, and the pain of coming within a penalty kick of the 1990 World Cup final. Sir Bobby's story is a rich and diverse one and this autobiography will celebrate his remarkable life.

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