On This Day - 1990 - Bobby Robson takes charge of last England game eight years after leaving Ipswich

Bobby Robson - England Manager 1990

Sir Bobby Robson swapped Ipswich for England - and had a mixed time of things with the national side.

Bobby Robson's Ipswich Town after winning the FA CupBobby Robson's Ipswich Town after winning the FA Cup

Bobby Robson is one of the most respected and loved managers this country has produce. 34 years today, he finished presiding over Ipswich Town's 13-year spell of success as the club were a very competitive force in the top flight from 1969 until his departure. He would end up replacing Ron Greeenwood as England manager. 

Robson won three honours at the club - The Texaco Cup in 1973 - which saw the highest placed sides outside of Europe from England, Scotland, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland compete for the prize. It later became the Anglo-Scot cup.

Ipswich lifted the FA Cup in 1978 with a 1-0 win over Arsenal at Wembley, and three years later he would deliver Ipswich their first European trophy as they beat Az Alkmaar 5-4 on aggregate in 1981. Though the early days would see the side just keep their head above water in the first division, Ipswich would find themselves regularly competing on the European stage under his stewardship.

Bobby Robson celebrates after Ipswich's UEFA Cup win 1981Bobby Robson celebrates after Ipswich's UEFA Cup win 1981

It would be these kind of qualities that would see him handed the England job in 1982 - eight years later he would be taking charge of his last game as he led the side to their most successful tournament finish - fourth place in the World Cup - since 1966. 

England failed to qualify for the European Championship in 1984 leading to Robson offering his resignation with suggestions Brian Clough could take over as manager, but it was rejected, partly because of Clough's unpopularity with those at the FA.

He led England to the World Cup in 1986 but were eliminated at the quarter-final stage by Argentina in a 2-1 loss, or more accurately by Diego Maradona's two contrasting but equally memorable goals.

Euro 88 was a failure despite a promising qualifying campaign, as they lost to the Netherlands and the USSR - who contested the final with the Dutch winning - and losing to the Republic of Ireland. Again Robson submitted his resignation, again it was rejected for similar reasons as in 1984.

For his last tournament, Robson took England to the semi-finals at Italia 90, only for them to miss out a final appearance on penalties to West Germany. 

His last game saw his side lose 2-1 to Italy in the third/fourth place play-off. Roberto Baggio opened the scoring 20 minutes from time as he caapitalised on Peter Shilton's calamitous error. 

David Platt equalised with a tremendous header 10 minutes later before Paul Parker brought down Salvatore Schillaci inside the penalty area. Schillaci would convert the opportunity from the penalty spot to give the Italians third place. 

Bobby Robson - England Manager 1990Bobby Robson - England Manager 1990

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