Butcher and Wark salute a big influence on their careers
Town legends Terry Butcher and John Wark have paid tribute to the late Bobby Ferguson who has sadly passed away at the age of 80.
Bobby was first-team coach under Bobby Robson when Town won the 1981 UEFA Cup.
After taking over as manager at Portman Road in 1982, Bobby was in charge for five years and both Wark and Butcher played under his reign.
“It’s a devastating day. Bobby was a great and funny man and I loved being in his company.He was a major influence on me and helped me become the player I did. He turned me from an awkward, gangly footballer and taught me how to use my physique to my advantage.Bobby was a tough but fair man, and that’s what I, and other players, needed. He made me become a tougher player and in those days that was so important because football was a more physical game. His standards were the best and he was the perfect man to work with Bobby Robson. They formed a special partnership and I think it was Bobby who really set the foundations for what was to be the most successful period in the Club’s history.His coaching sessions will stay with me forever too. We used to practice passing for hours on end but somehow it was still fun – some of his training drills were legendary and the players loved them. Bobby was a good man and it’s a sad day for the Club.”
“Bobby was a great coach and someone that I had a lot of respect for so this is a sad day.He always had a lot to do with the systems we played in games and being a proper tactician he was very influential in our UEFA Cup success.He was also an old school manager and he would tell us how it is, I think that’s something we needed, liked and respected.I know he loved his golf, and was very good at it, so it was always nice to see him at reunions or out on the course in more recent years.”