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16 January 2013

August celebration in honour of Town and England legend

The Football Association has announced it is holding The Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day on August 10 as part of their 150th anniversary celebrations, which begin today.

The day will celebrate grassroots football and volunteers in the game across the country and will honour former Town boss Sir Bobby’s career in football, as well as raising awareness and fund-raising to support the work of his cancer charity - the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Ex-England skipper Alan Shearer, a Patron of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, says: "It’s great news. It just goes to show how highly the job Sir Bobby did for the national team and for football generally in this country is still appreciated. Rightly so. 

“He left a great footballing legacy, at international level, as well as at his clubs, and now he has a charitable one, too. I know that he would have been thrilled by this honour.”

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation has now raised over £4.7million and is making a significant impact in the fight against cancer.

Sir Bobby’s widow, Lady Elsie, added:  “I’m thrilled that the FA is involving my family and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation in their 150th anniversary celebrations.

“My husband was immensely proud to represent England, both as a player and as a manager.  We had a wonderful quality of life in Suffolk and it was no small thing for Bob to give up being manager of Ipswich.  But he just didn’t feel he could turn his country down when he was approached.

“For him, it was a huge honour to be asked and he never took that role for granted.  Every game and every result meant the world to him and I think it’s that passion and commitment which people remember so fondly now. 

“I’m especially proud that the National Football Day is being named in Bob’s honour.  He’d have loved that. I think it’s very fitting as it will be a day celebrating and encouraging grassroots football.”  

For more information, click on or you can donate by sending a cheque to Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Room 203, Cheviot Court, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7DN.

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