Football Community Celebrates Life Of Sir Bobby Robson

Robson Memorial service for ‘Gentleman of Football’ brings family, fans, players, coaches together.

A variety of footballing greats united today in tribute to Sir Bobby Robson, who died in July.

The memorial service took place in Durham’s magnificent Norman Cathedral to remember the life of one of the most loved and successful figures in British football.

Sir Alex Ferguson and Fabio Capello were among 1000 invited guests to revere a man who brought class and kindness to an industry that often brings out the unpleasant side of competition and conduct.

The event was attended by friends, family, admirers and proteges of Sir Bobby. Many, including fellow Geordie heroes Paul Gascoigne and Alan Shearer, reflected on the positive traits that the former Newcastle United and Ipswich Town manager instilled in them.

In a time where diving controversies and player greed often overshadow love of the game, Sir Bobby Robson is remembered as a beacon for his passion and warmth.

Having won trophies in Holland, Portugal and Spain, and being regarded as one of the most successful England managers of all time, Sir Bobby was more than just a ‘nice guy’. 

The Durham native died at the age of 76 following a long battle with cancer. In his suffering, he remained firm to selfless principles of charity work – raising £1.8 million for his cancer research foundation – and constant support to his fellow professionals.

Fans watched the service live on television and at the grounds of Newcastle and Ipswich, where Sir Bobby spent 18 years of his illustrious managerial career.

Also notable is how Robson united rival supporters in respect and appreciation. It is rare to be so mutually admired in a game that naturally polarises fans.

The tone was of obvious sadness but, at the foreground, there were many smiles and much rejoicing at the light that Sir Bobby shone on the football world.


~ by footballdirecta on September 21, 2009.

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