Solano chased down Newcastle team bus after Sir Bobby Robson left him behind

While Nolberto Solano will no doubt be spending his Sunday celebrating his 47th birthday, he was in no mood to party when Sir Bobby Robson once left him stranded and chasing down the Newcastle team bus.

The Peruvian established himself as a club cult hero during his time on Tyneside but even he couldn't escape the wrath of the legendary Robson.

The Magpies midfielder became a fan favourite after joining the Toon from Argentine giants Boca Juniors back in 1998 and was well-known for his dangerous dead-balls and toe-tapping trumpet skills.

Over two stints at St James' Park, Solano netted 48 goals in 315 appearances and became an integral member of the Newcastle side that finished third and fourth in successive Premier League seasons.

The wideman was the chief supplier for a certain Alan Shearer, but while Solano enjoyed plenty of success on the pitch, his former teammate has revealed that he was once involved in some drama off it.

Speaking with host Gary Lineker and fellow pundit Micah Richards on '10 worst places to visit' in English football during an episode of the Match of the Day: Top 10 podcast earlier in the year, Shearer reminisced over a time when Solano was punished by former manager Robson following a show of poor punctuality.

"You think I was a stickler for being on time, worse than I was, was the late, great Sir Bobby Robson," Shearer said.

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"He was always late himself. He maybe didn't know he was late but he was late.

"I remember we were playing either Sunderland or Middlesbrough and we stayed in a hotel the night before.

"We were leaving the hotel at one o'clock and Nobby Solano was late. We had our pre-match in the hotel and then we were on the bus, ready to leave at one o'clock.

"At two minutes past one, Nobby Solano wasn't on the bus. So Sir Bobby said: 'Come on, let's go'.

"Actually, at that minute, Nobby was coming out of the hotel and the bus was pulling out, ready to go, and Bobby said: 'Carry on, leave him'.

"No word of a lie, Nobby got in his car and was driving behind the bus to the ground and Bobby still left him out of the team.

Shearer added: "He was in the team when he announced the team at pre-match but he left him driving in the car behind and then said: 'Sorry, you're not playing'."

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