Father figure Robson so fondly remembered

01 August 2009 10:30
West Ham midfielder Kieron Dyer has spoken of his fond memories of Sir Bobby Robson. Dyer played under Robson at Newcastle and the 30-year-old was informed of Robson's death, after his long battle with lung cancer, just before the Hammers' Barclays Asia Trophy match against Beijing Guoan on Friday. A minute's silence took place before the start of the game, and the occasion proved too much for Dyer as he broke down before being comforted by team-mate Carlton Cole. "Obviously he was a massive influence in my career, not just on the pitch but also off it," he said. "I got told five minutes before kick-off, so that was a shock to the system. He had beaten cancer so many times, I thought he would go on into his 100s - but it wasn't to be. At the minute's silence, it did overwhelm me. "I am just going to look at all the great memories he brought to my life and all the special bits, like in team talks when he used to call me Kevin - because he would forget names. I hope back home, instead of a minute's silence, they have a standing ovation with a minute's clapping to celebrate his life - because what he has brought to the game of football is phenomenal. "He was like a father figure to me, and I am going to miss him."

Source: Eurosport