Today marks the eighth anniversary of the day English football said goodbye to its spiritual grandfather, Sir Bobby Robson.
As a doff of the cap, Pies have cobbled together some fantastic archive shots of Bobby in his younger years, including a marvellous photo of the first time he harnessed the power of flight during a game between West Brom and Chelsea in 1957.
What a man.
Bobby Robson lines up for Fulham ahead of a Division Two match against Luton, 1952
Bobby Robson scores against Swansea by prodding home from close range, only to see his goal disallowed for offside, 1953
Bobby Robson (left) practises his heading with Fulham teammates Bedford Jezzard (centre) and Johnny Haynes, 1953
Bobby Robson watches on intently as Johnny Haynes let’s fly with a freekick at Craven Cottage, 1953
Bobby Robson and his Fulham teammates (including club captain Jimmy Hill, far left) run laps in the sunshine, 1953
Fulham trio Bobby Robson (left), Bedford Jezzard and Johnny Haynes enjoy a post-training shower, 1953
The same trio model Fulham’s new kit on the terraces at Craven Cottage, 1953
Bobby Robson ‘relaxes’ at home with wife Elsie by putting his feet up on the mantelpiece, 1955
West Brom forward Bobby Robson gracefully takes to the skies to avoid colliding with Chelsea goalkeeper Reg Matthews, 1957
The Two Bobbies: England duo Charlton (left) and Robson (right) warm up at Roehampton, 1958
England pair Bobby Robson (right) and Johnny Haynes limber up in Gothenburg, Sweden, ahead of the 1958 World Cup
That famous smile: Bobby Robson poses for a pre-season photocall at West Brom, 1960
England trio Bobby Robson (left), Ron Flowers and Dennis Viollet go ‘skins’ for a training session at Roehampton Sports Ground ahead of a friendly against Yugoslavia, 1960
England trio Johnny Byrne (left), Peter Swann (centre) and Bobby Robson skim through their Football Monthly magazine while waiting for a delayed flight at London Airport, 1961
Bobby Robson looks the epitome of poise as he cushions the ball on his chest during an England training session, 1962
Bobby Robson takes on a group of local lads at the Fulham training ground in Surrey, 1966
Ipswich manager Bobby Robson gives us a glorious glimpse into how identifying transfer targets used to be done in ye olden days – i.e. with an awful lot of Blu-tack and drawing pins, 1969
Having fully completed his transition into management, Ipswich boss Bobby Robson gets his affairs in order, 1970
RIP Sir Bobby