Former Blues Boss Ferguson Dies Wednesday, 28th Mar 2018 10:22
Former Blues manager and coach Bobby Ferguson has died aged 80, Town have announced.
County Durham-born Ferguson (pictured above right with Bobby Robson and Paul Cooper) was a full-back during his playing career with Newcastle United, Cardiff City, Barry Town and Newport County.
It was from Newport, where he had briefly been player-manager, that he joined Bobby Robson’s coaching staff in 1970.
Ferguson worked with the reserves as the likes of Kevin Beattie, John Wark, George Burley, Terry Butcher and Russell Osman progressed through from the youth system before taking over from Cyril Lea as first-team coach in the summer of 1978.
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former Town manager Bobby Ferguson at the age of 80.
Famously Ferguson came up with the idea of playing Eric Gates in the hole behind main strike pair Paul Mariner and Alan Brazil, a role he had previously tried with Johnny Miller in the reserves.
After Robson’s departure for England in 1982, Ferguson took over as Blues boss. He remained in the role following Town’s relegation to the Second Division in 1986 but his contract wasn’t renewed a year later when the Blues failed to make their return to the top flight via the play-offs.
Ferguson on far right
He later worked with Butcher during his spell as manager at Sunderland and in recent years continued to watch the Blues on a regular basis.
Ferguson leaves a wife Ann and a son and a daughter, Keith and Kim. Town have confirmed that the players will wear black armbands during Monday's match against Millwall, while there will be a minute’s applause prior to kick-off.
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Bobby Ferguson had a hard shift , a transition period losing the great players after 1982, but could have gone with B R to England ? So thanks for the memories of those great years , never to be equalled , well played Bobby !
Ferguson persuaded Sir Bobby to let the team go to Phantasialand amusement park the day b4 Cologne away to relax them after playing 2 games in 48 hours. History shows it certainly helped. R I.P. Bobby.
Just like Sir Bobby Robson. Mr Ferguson was a very well educated clever mas, who unlike many present managers conducted himself very well and was a very respectful and well respected. He had a certain level of class.
Regards to all Bobby's family. He gave freely of his time when we were compiling and he did signings for our book on Town in Europe. A highly innovative coach, I believe that his style of play was much more akin to the Premier League today than it was to the slower continental style of the 70s and early 80s. You could see the difference still further when he became Manager. As he said in his no-nonsense way when a younger fan asked how good the 1981 team were :"Best team in Europe".
Another gentleman gone. Part of our glory years and the time when it was fantastic to be a town fan - not just because of the football we played but the way the club was run - the Cobbolds, Robson and Ferguson was a fantastic relationship that made the club so fantastic to support. RIP Bobby, go grab a glass and enjoy a drink with SBR and JC