47 Facts About Bryan Robson

1. In December 2009, Bryan Robson was posthumously awarded the FIFA Fair Play Award, for the "gentlemanly qualities he showed throughout his career as a player and coach".

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2. Bryan Robson was awarded a number of honours for his contributions to football.

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3. Bryan Robson made a number of product endorsements, including an appearance in Carlsberg's "Best Pub Side" television commercial.

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4. Bryan Robson met Elsie Gray on a trip back to his parents' home in Langley Park.

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5. On 7 June 2005, Bryan Robson declined the invitation to become director of football of Heart of Midlothian because he wanted to stay in the Newcastle area.

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6. Bryan Robson became frustrated with the Brazilian's work ethic, although admitted "in some matches he would be scintillating".

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7. Bryan Robson led England without conceding a goal through the six-match qualification for the 1990 World Cup where they were one of six seeded teams.

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8. Bryan Robson was dissatisfied by this situation and when, in January 1968, Fulham offered him a contract as their manager, he accepted the position at Craven Cottage.

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9. In 1950, Bryan Robson made his first-team debut for Fulham, recently promoted to the First Division, in a match against Sheffield Wednesday.

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10. Bryan Robson was born in Sacriston, County Durham, the fourth of five sons of Philip and Lilian Robson.

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11. Bryan Robson was created a Knight Bachelor in 2002, was inducted as a member of the English Football Hall of Fame in 2003, and was the honorary president of Ipswich Town.

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12. Bryan Robson can be an actor, known for Like Thoughts, Mindgame (1998) and Farewell, Mr Potato chips (2002).

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13. Bryan Robson is a former football player born on 11 January 1957.

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14. Bryan Robson lists a number of clubs he considers as prime targets for take over.

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15. Bryan Robson has appeared in a number of advertisements, including an appearance in Carlsberg's 2006 "Best Pub Side" television advert, where he starred alongside other former England players.

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16. Bryan Robson was the subject of the television programme This Is Your Life in the edition aired on 23 January 1985, at just 12 days after his 28th birthday he was one of the show's youngest ever special guests.

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17. On 16 March 2011, it was revealed that Bryan Robson had undergone surgery in Bangkok on 3 March 2011 for throat cancer.

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18. Bryan Robson was named as one of West Bromwich Albion's 16 greatest players, in a 2004 poll organised as part of the club's 125th anniversary celebrations.

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19. In December 2010, Bryan Robson failed to bring Thailand past the Group A of the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup after managing only 2 draws against Laos and Malaysia and losing to Indonesia.

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20. Bryan Robson was contracted to manage the team through to the 2014 World Cup.

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21. On 23 September 2009, Bryan Robson agreed to become coach of Thailand national team in his first foray into international football management.

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22. Bryan Robson worked alongside Bobby Charlton to help United 'promote its commercial and charitable aims'.

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23. Bryan Robson was interested in becoming the England under-21 team's full-time manager, but the job went instead to Stuart Pearce on a part-time basis.

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24. Bryan Robson was the subject of derisory chants from Albion supporters during the game.

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25. Bryan Robson was assisted by Viv Anderson, another former Manchester United player.

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26. Bryan Robson made a dream start to his managerial career as Middlesbrough won the Division One title and promotion to the Premier League in their final season at Ayresome Park before relocation to the new 30,000-seat Riverside Stadium on the banks of the River Tees.

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27. Bryan Robson continued his international career until 1991, helping England to reach the 1990 World Cup.

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28. Bryan Robson was in the record books for 20 years thanks to a goal scored against France in England's opening game of the 1982 World Cup at San Mames, stadium of Athletic Club.

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29. Bryan Robson was selected for the England Under-21s for the first time in March 1977, but was withdrawn from the squad by his club West Bromwich Albion, who needed him for a league match against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

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30. Bryan Robson played his final game as a player on 1 January 1997, in a Premier League game against Arsenal at Highbury 10 days before his 40th birthday.

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31. Bryan Robson was not included in new manager Glenn Hoddle's coaching staff.

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32. Bryan Robson scored on the final day of the season against Wimbledon—it was his only senior goal of that campaign.

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33. Bryan Robson still captained the club in most of his first-team appearances, but Steve Bruce was captaining the side when Robson was absent.

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34. Bryan Robson missed their League Cup final victory over Nottingham Forest through injury and his first-team chances were starting to look increasingly numbered as he faced competition from other players within the United squad and the press reported that Alex Ferguson was hoping to sign a new, younger midfielder, although no such addition took place in 1992.

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35. Bryan Robson missed both legs of the semi-final defeat by Juventus due to a hamstring injury, but while in Turin for the second leg was given permission by United to speak to Juve regarding a proposed transfer.

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36. Bryan Robson played a major part in Albion finishing third in Division One, their highest league placing for more than 20 years, and reaching the UEFA Cup quarter-finals.

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37. Bryan Robson faced stiff competition for midfield places, not least from player-manager Johnny Giles, and was utilised by Giles in various positions, including centre-half, left-back and midfield.

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38. Bryan Robson was captain of both his school football team and the Washington and District team.

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39. Bryan Robson was brought up in Witton Gilbert until he was six, when the family moved to nearby Chester-le-Street, the town where he was born.

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40. Bryan Robson was born in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, to Brian, a long distance lorry-driver, and Maureen Robson.

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41. On 23 September 2009, Bryan Robson was appointed manager of the Thailand national team.

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42. Bryan Robson began his management career with Middlesbrough in 1994, although he did not retire from playing until 1997.

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43. Bryan Robson is known by the nicknames "Robbo" and "Captain Marvel".

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44. Bryan Robson captained his country 65 times, with only Bobby Moore and Billy Wright having captained England on more occasions.

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45. Bryan Robson represented England on 90 occasions between 1980 and 1991, making him, at the time, the fifth most capped England player.

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46. Bryan Robson has managed Sheffield United and the Thailand national team.

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47. Bryan Robson began his career with West Bromwich Albion in 1972 before moving to Manchester United in 1981 where he became the longest serving captain in the club's history.

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