Mick McCarthy says Sir Bobby Robson the person will be his overriding memory of a football legend.
Town host Newcastle tomorrow on ‘Sir Bobby Robson Day’ at Portman Road as the two clubs closest to his heart go head to head.
“Everyone recognises what he did in the game and those achievements will be remembered in the history books but for me, Bobby’s legacy goes far beyond the game of football,” writes the Town boss in his column in Monday’s matchday programme.
“I played and managed against his teams but I really got to know him more in later life when I played in his golf tournament in Portugal, which raises money for Refugio, a charity for abused, abandoned and neglected children under six, which is based on the Algarve.
“Bobby would always be there with Lady Elsie and the boys, doing whatever he could to make sure you enjoyed your stay.
“I can remember teeing off at eight in the morning one day. He was there, laughing and taking the mick. He was still there when I finished my round four hours later. He was at the dinner at 7pm and he was still there at the end of the night, helping to raise as much money as he could for the charity - and he was still smiling. And that was at a time when the cancer was taking a hold on his body. That is my overriding memory of Bobby.
"His record - and he had a fantastic record - will always be there but for me, it’s what you are as a person that really counts and I’ll remember Bobby mainly for what he was beyond football - for being a great bloke.”
The Club have produced a one-off 100 page programme for the game, including a extensive tribute section to Sir Bobby. The cost is £4.00 with a donation from the sales going to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
It's expected to be the biggest crowd of the season on Monday but the match is all-ticket so please arrive early to avoid queues.