Robson family guests of honour and Club to raise funds for his charity when Town host Newcastle in Easter clash
The Club has designated the game as ‘Sir Bobby Robson Day’, with Blues’ players wearing shirts carrying the former Town manager’s name, that will be signed by the players and auctioned with the money raised going to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the Academy Association.
There will be a signing session with players who played under Sir Bobby in the Fanzone before kick-off, with a celebration event in the planning for the Easter Sunday evening, with ex-players from both Town and Newcastle invited.
The Robson family will be the Club’s guests of honour on the day and it is hoped that a member of the family will lead the teams out for kick-off as the Club’s Community Champion.
Club owner Marcus Evans took part in a charity golf tournament carrying Sir Bobby’s name in Portugal in the summer and discussed the idea of the day with the Robson family.
“It’s a lovely idea and we are all looking forward to it,” Mark Robson, son of Sir Bobby, told the Club website.
“There is obviously a close affinity between dad and the two clubs and as many members of the family that can get to Ipswich on the day, will be there.
“Dad had a close connection to the Ipswich supporters. That is all part of his legacy and we love going back ‘home’ to Portman Road.
“The memories are as vivid as ever, walking through the big blue gates, the offices. We all had some fantastic times there.”
Sir Bobby managed Town from 1969 to 1982 before taking charge of the England national team. He also managed Newcastle, his hometown club, from 1999 to 2004.
April’s meeting will be the first time Town have hosted Newcastle since September 2009, with the official naming of the Sir Bobby Robson Stand taking place that day.
Further events are planned for the game in April, with details to follow in due course.
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