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Get Better Soon Robbo

A Manchester United club statement has today revealed that former captain and current ambassador, Bryan Robson, has throat cancer.

“Bryan Robson underwent an operation to remove a tumour from his throat on March 3, 2011 in a hospital in Bangkok. The laboratory report revealed a cancerous tumour, which will need further treatment. The oncologist is confident that the condition is treatable.”

Robson is currently in Thailand as coach of the national team.

Gary Pallister, standing in for Robbo in his column, said our former captain is famed for going into challenges head on and he’ll be no different here.

Robson was recently at the Masters Asia tour with David May and others from MUTV. He played for the United Legends team and was also commentating. He appeared fit and healthy and hadn’t let on to anyone about his condition.

Get well soon Captain Marvel.

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  1. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    Shit day today. Robson gets cancer Best Wishes go out to him. Get well soon Captain Marvel. Also R.I.P Nate Dogg.

  2. willierednut says:

    NRD – Nate Dogg? The rapper?

  3. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    Yes willierednut. Died this morning. Absolutely gutted.

  4. RedAlert260599 says:

    God bless Robbo.

  5. willierednut says:

    NRD – Another one in hip hop heaven. Nate had some of the best hooks out there. RIP Nate Dogg

  6. rooneyisclass says:

    Good luck Robbo,proper plater!!

  7. parryheid says:

    Hopefully it has been caught early and successfully,here’s to a long healthy life.

  8. YorYor says:

    Wishing Robson all the best, get the docs to show you the tumour, spit on it, roast it over a bonfire and hear those f’ing cancer cells scream as they die!

  9. Dre.FU= Forever United says:

    Aside from our win yesterday its been a shit week does anyone agree, with Japan, Eric Abidal and now Bryan “Captain Marvel” Robson now diagnosed with throat cancer I’m having a hard time being cheerful. Hope Abidal and Robbo pull through and also R.I.P Nate Dogg got loads of updates on my blackberry this morning.

    Good afternoon Fellow Reds.

  10. r8devil says:

    Get well soon Robbo & God bless

  11. Paul Parker says:

    Legend. All the best in the world Mate.

  12. bigphil2003 says:

    All the best to Robbo. Wish him well. I only caught the tail end of his career but its obvious to all that hes a legend as a player and as a man.

  13. anderson08 says:

    Get well soon mate, you have our support!

  14. Corea says:

    All the best. Phew

  15. Kings says:

    Get well soon Robbo and you too Giles.

  16. smartalex says:

    Bryan Robson, get well soon.

    A fearful time, even for a brave man. Our prayers are with you.

    Our Captain Marvel carried United to victory time after time. He never let us down.

  17. Red Simmo says:

    This guy actually signed for United on the pitch (new perm and all) such was the aura surrounding the pretender to being the best midfield player of his generation and his joining United.

    As a then British transfer record of c.£1.5M – Uniteds manager Ron Atkinson famously said “this is not even a gamble, he is pure gold” – how right was he?

    You cannot pick another player in United’s squad today who, if was unavailable to play, had such a demoralising effect on the crowd – he simply was that good!

    In my view, possibly the only ever player who was deserving of the title “The King” alongside Denis and Eric – perhaps this title remains exclusive to strikers.

    One point of note – Bryan did have his head turned by the Italian league when at his prime, he did later admit to almost leaving United but opted to stay and sign an improved contract – Rooney bashers take note – agents and sky TV were not invented then to manipulate players minds and what they say to the public so Bryan was forever worshipped.

    “there’s only one Bryan Robson” – Pure Gold

  18. MG says:

    It’s a lot to ask sometimes for people to stand by you when you need them most

    In this family we stand by everyone

    To Giles as always – to Captain Marvel and to everyone else who suffers in whatever way – we won’t forget.

    If you ever need us we are here.

    The true measure of anyone is knowing that their is a hand behind your shoulder and many hands behind that.

    For United.

  19. Orez says:

    I hope he gets well soon.

    @Giles Oakley I hope you get better too. I didn’t know you had cancer, so was somewhat shocked. Get better Giles and write some more of you great posts.

  20. chuffer says:

    My absolute fave United player & my footballing hero – totally dragged United through the 80′s almost single handedly. He gave me so many happy memories when I was a kid.

    Get well soon Robbo.


    Get well robbo and giles this man played in a time when if he wasnt plying I used to think “shit robbo aint playing”he was the complete player not like most of theses modern players who are godd at this or that get well Robbo all the best

  22. King Eric says:

    As sad as it may be for some for Nate Dog to have passed away do we have to pollute a Robbo thread with it?

  23. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Get well Robbo.
    What can you lads do? Neck cancers are dramatically promoted by smoking and second hand smoke. As are virtually every other cancer (Lung, Colon, Breast, Prostate).
    All reds should stop supporting that morally bankrupt industry and join anti smoking campaigns. It is only March and there are already over 200,000 smoking associated deaths combining European statistics. The final tally for 2011 will top 1 million. I know it is virtually impossible to quit, but just tell yourself you refuse to support an industry that has killed over 1 billion fathers since the 1950s. Sobering that.

  24. Injury Time says:

    I feel sorry for this Cancer guy

  25. james21 says:

    All my very best wishes to Captain Marvel.

  26. MG says:


    Well done on finding that out – spot on mate

  27. TonyBee says:


  28. bryanrobson's my hereo says:

    so sad- just started reading his autobiography on the weekend and seeing those pics of him in his prime brought a ton of warm boyhood memories flooding back. remember when i was a nine year old, i sent him a letter and thought he might like some pictures of himself in action I had torn out from soccer annuals, so I incuded those as well! My boyhood hero- I was utterly in awe of him and even as a young teenage would get all excited when he would appear on its a question of all sport.
    luv the guy to bits and rer,ally hoping he pulls through. Come on Robbo- you have millions of adoring fans rooting for you.

  29. smartalex says:

    A poignant comment from bryanrobson’s my hereo, wow. Moving and meaningful.
    Your fear of loss is felt by us all, we stand United for Robbo.

  30. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    Anyone know any Bryan Robson chants other than Only One Bryan Robson. Get it going on Saturday.

  31. carloc1978 says:

    legend get well soon robbo!

  32. Git the Brave says:

    Like on the pitch, never give up. Beat that bastard cancer, best wishes

  33. rooneyisclass says:

    Graeme souness said of Robbo “Hes was Man utds best attacker,and best defender” He must have been murder to play against…he`ll beat this!

  34. scan74 says:

    Get well soon Captain Marvel top man

  35. United4eva says:

    C’mon Robbo win it for us. Legend.

  36. bah_humbug says:

    Best wishes Robbo and Giles

  37. King Eric says:

    Notorious. I hope there is a chorus mate of “there’s only one bryan robson” on saturday. It will give me goosebumps.

  38. pmcelevey1 says:

    Get well soon Captain Marvel

  39. King Eric says:

    It may be all a bit misleading this. Andy cole was saying tonight he was out in the emirates or somewhere playing masters football with robbo only a couple of days ago “following treatment“. May not be as grave as we think. Great news.

  40. jespermoses says:

    Get better soon Robbo…… life wouldnt be the same without you mate!

  41. Red Coppel says:

    A goalscoring, fearless midfielder second to none … get well soon Robbo!

  42. thesavage says:

    Robbo’s a proper battler, he’ll be fine, I hope. Met him a couple of years ago when his autobiography was out, I was last in line and got to speak with him for ages, he was an absolute gentleman and happy to listen to me babbling on and on on about how much I wanted to be like him was I was a young lad.

    Captain Marvel indeed.

  43. Viresh78 says:

    Get well soon Captain Marvel

  44. Greek (MU)DJAHIDDIN says:

    We have been loving you Captain Marvel since that day in October 81. You will get well soon and you’ ll be at Wembley in May to chher up the 4th Captain


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