In the Fifties, life for Bobby Robson with West Bromwich Albion was all about one thing: a good bonk.
Far from "the bonk" being about what the England international may or may not have done away from the football pitch, it was all about the tactics employed by Albion during that golden era.
Robson, who has since carved a distinguished career for himself as a manager, arrived at The Hawthorns in 1955 with his eyes wide open and his heart beating furiously.
"I loved my time with West Brom, I really did," Robson says. "When I signed, they were the FA Cup holders and the manager was an extrovert called Vic Buckingham.
"In his team talks, he would advise us to go 'la-di-dah-di-dah-BONK', which was his way of telling us to create good, purposeful passing movements and end it all with a goal.
"He would always get the bonk in there at the end, just in case we forgot. The approach play needed purpose and there had to be a sting in the tail. It was a good way to play football.
"You know, I look back on my time at The Hawthorns with so much affection. So when they survived relegation on the final day of the 2004-05 season, I rejoiced like all of the West Brom fans. I was one of them that day."
Robson - now Sir Bobby Robson - spent seven seasons at The Hawthorns and was at his peak at a time when he was the finest wing half in the country. He won all of his 20 England caps while with Albion.
In those days, Albion were awash with blue-chip players. Ronnie Allen, Derek Kevan, Maurice Setters, Ray Barlow and Jimmy Dudley were just five members of what was a fine squad.
It turned sour in the end. Robson left Albion in 1962 after a disagreement over money and a promised testimonial that never materialised.
But, looking back on it, that was a minor inconvenience. During his time in the Black Country, Robson witnessed the birth of his two sons, and met a man who would have a profound effect on his career.
"Don Howe was at West Brom at the time and we clicked from the first day," Robson says. "I don't think the English game has fully appreciated what a good coach Don has been in the game. This has been one of my life's most valuable friendships, so I have a lot to be thankful for.
"In later years, when I was the England manager and Don was one of my coaches, I tried to get the Football Association to employ him on a full-time basis. But they did not think there was enough work for him to do. That surprised me because there was a lot of work to do.
"Don had this reputation for being defensive, which was just not true. For sure, he knew how to coach good defensive attributes, but England played attractive football then.
"When I first met Don, he was married, ambitious and very stable. And this reputation he had for being dour was just wrong. He was great at telling jokes and was a good man to have around.
"We played for England together under Walter Winterbottom and we began our coaching careers at around about the same time. So of all the things to happen to me at West Brom, striking up a friendship with Don was one of the most significant."
Robson's sons, Paul and Andrew, were born at Dudley Road Hospital in the late Fifties. That was during the time when men were generally not present to witness the birth of the children. So when Andrew was born, Robson was playing for Albion against Blackpool and learnt the news of the new arrival after the match.
There were other differences between those days and now. Whereas the modern player can afford to live in the finest mansions, Robson began his Albion career by living in digs.
"We were in one of the club houses, at 75 Copthorne Road [near to Sutton Coldfield], before I decided to buy a house in Handsworth. I think it cost about #2,500, which was a lot in those days. I had #500 for the deposit.
"My worry was always that I might break my leg and no longer be able to afford the mortgage. So that is why my wife, Elsie, took a job as an industrial nurse."
It was these financial commitments that contributed to a cooling off of relations between Robson and Albion. This was during the era of the maximum wage, when players could not earn more than #20 a week.
When Jimmy Hill and the Professional Footballers' Association forced the abolition of the maximum wage in 1962, Albion offered Robson #25 a week, plus an extra #5 if he played.
But Fulham, who started to pay Johnny Haynes #100 a week, offered Robson #45 a week plus #5 to play.
Loyalty was more common in those days but Fulham, with whom Robson began his career, were offering to double his wages.
"Had West Brom offered me #45 a week, I would have stayed," Robson says. "But they were tight in those days. They had a tight board of directors. In the end, they put the blocks on a testimonial I was supposed to have. They did give me some money but not all of what I was due.
"But that was then. It never soured my feelings for West Brom and, as I say, I rejoiced when they avoided relegation last May. I was particularly happy for Bryan Robson, their manager, who was the England captain for most of the 1980s at the time when I was the manager."
Robson played 239 matches for Albion from 1955-62, scoring 61 goals, and playing the best football of his career. During his spell at The Hawthorns, he represented England at the 1958 World Cup.
He took over as manager of Fulham in 1967, was surprisingly sacked a year later, and then took over of Ipswich Town. In nearly 14 years with Ipswich, he turned an average team into one of the best in Europe.
He became manager of England in 1982, led the team to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 1986 and the semi-finals in 1990. He spent most of the 1990s abroad - he even managed Barcelona - and returned to England to take charge of Newcastle United from 1999-2004.
When the managerial position became vacant at Albion in November 2004, Sir Bobby Robson was linked with the post. Rumours were rife that he was even offered the position, although he refuses to discuss it, probably out of courtesy to Bryan Robson.
It is almost certain that Sir Bobby Robson was offered the managerial position with Wolverhampton Wanderers before Glenn Hoddle took over.
"Yes, I want to get back into management," Sir Bobby Robson says. "But it has to be the right job. I have not retired. I was flattered to be linked with the jobs at West Brom and Wolves.
"When the right job comes up and I am offered it, that will be my chance to get back into management."
Sir Bobby has just published his autobiography, Farewell But Not Goodbye, which is a rollercoaster ride through more than 50 years of football. In one sense, his story is really the story of post-War English football.
He scored when England defeated Scotland 9-3 at Wembley in 1961. He was in the England team that drew 0-0 with Brazil during the 1958 World Cup.
He was at the Aztec Stadium when Diego Maradona punched the ball into the goal to send England out of the 1986 World Cup. He was there in Turin the night that Paul Gascoigne shed tears during England's defeat to West Germany in Italia 90.
But whatever has happened since he left Albion, he will always have a special place in his heart for The Hawthorns and the Black Country.
"I loved the Black Country and the people were great," he says.
"I had some great times in those days.
'I would spend some of my days with Ronnie Allen, selling nuts and bolts [for the Repton Engineering Company]. This went on for a couple of years. Ronnie was a good golfer, who would often beat the resident professional at Sandwell golf club."
When Albion were relegated from the Premiership in spring 2003, Robson took his Newcastle United team to The Hawthorns for what was effectively a meaningless match.
"Yes," he said at the time. "It hurts me that Albion are relegated. But they will be back. This clubs deserves Premiership football."
A year later, Albion were back in the Premiership, and in May 2005 produced a miraculous performance to remain there for at least another season.
Many thousands throughout the country rejoiced.
And one of the thousands who celebrated was Sir Bobby Robson, a man who flourished as a player for Albion in the 1950s, and who was probably the best the manager the club never had.