Born 100 yards from Roker Park, Robson began his career with Newcastle but had three spells with his home-town club, for whom he played his last senior game in 1984 at the age of 38. Now 50, he has rejoined the club as reserve-team manager.
He accepted Peter Reid's offer only after careful consideration, having enjoyed a successful four years on the youth staff at Manchester United, where among others he coached Sunday's FA Cup hero, David Beckham, as a second-year YTS boy. "But it was a chance to move back to the north- east at a time when there seemed to be a lot of potential for the club," he said.
After retiring as a player he ran a newsagents' shop in Hexham, where he still lives, until his old Newcastle captain, Bobby Moncur, invited him to coach at Hartlepool. "I wanted a spell out of the game but realised after a while that I wanted to get back into it," he said.
His wife, Maureen, is a former table tennis international, capped 50 times by England. They have two daughters, 25-year-old Louise and Gemma, 15, and a 23-year-old son, Stephen, who plays for Tow Law Town in the Northern League.
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