Sir Bobby Robson Remembered
Tuesday 31st July 2012 marks the thrid anniversary of the sad passing of Sir Bobby Robson, though it also gives us yet another opportunity to remember his fabulous contribution to Tyneside in so many ways.
Despite all of his achievements in football, Sir Bobby Robson’s greatest legacy is surely the Foundation that stands today in his honour.
Sir Bobby may never have played for Newcastle but he remained a devoted fan all of his life and of course he topped that with his arrival as manager in the later stages of his career.
He moulded an exciting team based on pace and of course his talismanic striker, Alan Shearer. Contenders for the league title and thrilling Champions League adventures, there were so many highlights from his time at St.James’ Park.
There are so many anecdotes from Sir Bobby’s life and here we share one of them from a contributor to the website;
My best mate John Shutt and I (Roger Parry) went to the famous Feyenoord match, definitely our favourite ever away trip, a few years later I bumped into Sir Bobby Robson at Vila Sol golf club in Portugal.
I was there with the family and he was hosting a charity day. I walked out of the locker room and Sir Bob was coming the other way. He had since left the Toon and was enjoying retirement.
I thanked him for all he had done for the club and I mentioned Feyernoord as my favourite trip. His face just lit up and he enthused “It was great wasn’t it. We came out from under the pitch to a wall of sound and flares and flags. Made the hairs on my neck stand up. Brilliant, just brilliant!”.
He then proceeded to show me his golf swing and how he was struggling to make a full hip turn due to his dodgy knee! Surreal!
Sir Bobby and Lady Elsie launched the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation in 2008 and it has gone on to raise over £4 million to help find more effective treatments for cancer.
It funds projects within the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that directly benefit cancer patients from across the north east and Cumbria, and which contribute significantly to research into the disease.
The Foundation’s medical trustees are always looking for the next breakthrough, the next promising investment into cancer equipment or training and always looking to fulfil Sir Bobby’s ambition to help other people facing the hard fight against cancer.
It is supported in that aim by committed Patrons who also include Niall Quinn, Steve Gibson, Delia Smith and Mick Mills.
To make a donation, view messages of support, or for more information please visit www.sirbobbyrobsonfoundation.org.uk or donate by sending a cheque to Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Room 203, Cheviot Court, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7DN.
What is your special memory of Sir Bobby?
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