From Feyenoord to Highbury – An A to Z of 25 key moments, 20 years on from Sir Bobby Robson's Newcastle United appointment

Today marks 20 years since Sir Bobby Robson was appointed as manager at boyhood heroes Newcastle United.

Tuesday, 3rd September 2019, 4:45 pm
Updated Tuesday, 3rd September 2019, 5:45 pm
2 Sep 1999: Bobby Robson is announced as the new Newcastle United manager at a press conference at St James Park in Newcastle, England. \ Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport

And it’s fair to say it was some ride with the knight of the realm at the helm at St James’s Park.

Champions League football, a trip to Wembley and a run to the UEFA Cup semi-final – Robson’s reign had everything but silverware in it.

Here’s 25 memorable moments in Robson’s time of Tyneside, as remembered by our NUFC writer Liam Kennedy.

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3 September 1999 - Bobby Robson, the new Newcastle Manager, holds aloft a Newcastle shirt in front of the assembled fans outside St James Park, Newcastle, England.
Alan Shearer salutes a goal during the Newcastle United v Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Carling Premier League match played at St. James's Park, Newcastle, England.
Rob Lee of Newcastle (middle) celebrates after scoring Newcastle's goal during the FA Cup Semi-final game at Wembley in London, England. Chelsea won the game 2 -1.
The Frenchman, picked up from PSG for around £9.5million, was a gamechanger for Newcastle United.
Craig Bellamy was added from Coventry City in the summer of 2001 - and he, with Robert, helped take United from lower mid-table to the Champions League.
Rob Lee of Newcastle celebrates scoring during the match between Newcastle United and Manchester United in the FA Barclaycard Premiership at St James Park, Newcastle. NUFC won 4-3.
18 Dec 2001 - Laurent Robert of Newcastle scores the third goal during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Highbury, London. United won 3-1.
Nolberto Solano of Newcastle scores a late winner during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Leeds United and Newcastle United at Elland Road, Leeds. A 4-3 win saw United go remain top at Christmas!
Craig Bellamy of Newcastle United scores the first goal past Thomas Sorensen of Sunderland during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match played at St James Park in Newcastle, England on September 21, 2002. Newcastle United won the match 2-0.
24 Feb 2002 - Nikos Dabizas of Newcastle United celebrates scoring the winning goal during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Sunderland and Newcastle United played at the Stadium of Light, in Sunderland, England. Newcastle United won the match 1-0.
Lomana Lua Lua (centre) celebrates the winning goal during the FA Barclaycard Premiership between Derby County and Newcastle United at Pride Park, Derby. United came from two goals down to win 3-2 as they went on to secure a place in the Champions League with a fourth-placed finish.
Newcastle United lost their third Champions League group stage game on the bounce. No team had qualified for the next stage have lost their first three. Well...
Newcastle celebrate Andy Griffin's goal during the UEFA Champions League, Group E match between Newcastle United and Juventus at St. James' Park in Newcastle on October 23, 2002. One win, two to go. Surely not?
Craig Bellamy of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring the winning goal during the UEFA Champions League First Phase Group E match between Feyenoord and Newcastle United on November 13, 2002 played at the De Kuip Stadium in Rotterdam, Holland. Newcastle United won the match 3-2 and qualified for the last 16 of the competition. History makers.
BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 11: Newcastle United manager Sir Bobby Robson watching the game from the dug-out during the match between Barcelona and Newcastle United in the UEFA Champions League, Second Phase, Group A match held on December 11, 2002 at the Nou Camp in Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona won the match 3-1. Shola Ameobi scored for United.
Newcastle manager Bobby Robson and new signing Jonathan Woodgate address the assembled media during a press conference at St James Park on January 31, 2003 in Newcastle, England. Signed to play in the Champions League - he never made the proper competition with NUFC.
Shola Ameobi of Newcastle United celebrates scoring his first goal with Lomana Lualua and Titus Bramble during the match between Bayer Leverkusen and Newcastle United in the UEFA Champions League Second Phase Group A match at the Bay Arena in Leverkusen, Germany on February 18, 2003.
NEWCASTLE - FEBRUARY 26: Alan Shearer of Newcastle United scores the third goal to complete his hat-trick from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League Second Phase Group A match between Newcastle United and Bayer Leverkusen held on February 26, 2003 at St James Park, in Newcastle, England. Newcastle United won the match 3-1.
MILAN, ITALY - MARCH 11 - Manager Sir Bobby Robson of Newcastle United looks dejected as he leaves the field during the Champions League match between Inter Milan and Newcastle United in the Second Phase, Group A at the San Siro in Milan, Italy on March 11,2003. United drew 2-2 despite leading due to two Alan Shearer goals.
Newcastle United ended the previous season one place higher than the year before - if in a less flashy fashion. But there was to be no Champions League group stage as they were dumped out on penalties at SJP by Partizan Belgrade.
Gary Speed of Newcastle United (11) scores the winning goal during the UEFA Cup Quarter Final Second Leg match between Newcastle United and PSV Eindhoven at St James Park on April 14, 2004 in Newcastle, England.
Marseille's Ivorian forward Didier Drogba (L) vies with Newcastle's Hugo Viana during their UEFA Cup semi-final second leg football match, 06 May 2004 at the Velodrome Stadium in Marseille. OM won 2-0 on aggregate - Drogba got both. There was to be no final for United.
Newcastle United scraped into Europe on the final day of the season with a 1-1 draw at Anfield. Shola Ameobi got the goal. But the summer was to be full of rumour and conjecture about the future of Bobby Robson on Tyneside.
Kieron Dyer (pictured) did not want to play on the right against Middlesbrough on the opening day of the 2004 season. This was the day many outwardly began to talk about Robson losing the dressing room.
Sir Bobby Robson, the Newcastle United Manager looks dissapointed as he leaves the field after their defeat in the Barclays Premiership match between Aston Villa and Newcastle United at Villa Park on August 28, 2004 in Birmingham, England. Robson has been sacked by the club August 30, 2004 following a poor start to the new season.