WORST DAY OF MY LIFE.
The Kilmarnock boss confessed: "It was the lowest of the low. I was completely gutted. I felt as if I had let everyone who supports this club down."
He'd lapped up two years of highs since taking over from Alex Totten but when the inevitable downer came Bobby plumbed the depths.
The Killie chief didn't just lose grip of the Scottish Cup he'd brought to the club for the first time in 68 years, his side were booted out by their bitterest rivals.
And as Bobby pondered the rematch at Somerset on Saturday he said: "Your own pride takes a hell of a beating. Then you look at guys like Ray Montgomerie - who was left out that day but is Killie through and through - and the look on their faces says it all."
Killie's second-placed Premier League side have gone through double sessions in Portugal this week as they plot revenge.
But for all he relishes being just four points off leaders Rangers, Bobby knows victory over Ayr would mean the world to his fans.
He said: "It's almost unbearable at the time but you just have to get on with it. And something always happens to put things back in perspective for you."
For Bobby that came at a kids' coaching clinic in Lochgilphead in aid of the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust.
He faced the three-hour drive there right after that cup defeat and he grinned: "The next morning we were out in the pouring rain and you think you can't face it.
"Then you see the enjoyment the game gives them. That's football - the awful lows and then the highs."
KILLIE fans have been warned there will NO public sale of tickets for the tie at Ayr. Season ticket holders have taken up their 4,000 allocation.
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|Publication:||Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Jan 17, 1999|
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