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Ipswich Town legend Kevin Beattie donates England cap to Sir Bobby’s Online Auction

PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 November 2015

Ipswich businessman Duncan Foster and Kevin Beattie are pictured at Portman Road with the England cap donated for the Bobby Robson auction.

Ipswich businessman Duncan Foster and Kevin Beattie are pictured at Portman Road with the England cap donated for the Bobby Robson auction.

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Sir Bobby’s Online Auction has raises funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which researches ways to cure cancers, and other good causes.

Ipswich businessman Duncan Foster and Kevin Beattie are pictured at Portman Road with the England cap donated for the Bobby Robson auction. Ipswich businessman Duncan Foster and Kevin Beattie are pictured at Portman Road with the England cap donated for the Bobby Robson auction.

More than £700,000 has been raised since it was established four years ago. This year, the auction is offering more than 100 exclusive items and once-in-a-lifetime trips, including one of nine England caps Beattie won representing his country.

The defender was given the commemorative velvet cap after 
he played for England in a 5-0 
victory against Cyprus in a 
European Championship qualifier in 1975.

Beattie, who was managed by Sir Bobby at Ipswich from 1969 to 1982, said: “It was a real honour representing England but I wanted to give something special for the Sir Bobby’s Online Auction.

“Bobby was a father figure to me and so many of the lads. He was a fantastic manager and a real gentleman off the pitch.

“Bobby would be flabbergasted to see how well supported the auction has become and how many millions the Foundation has raised.

“But I’m not surprised. It is a mark of the man that had football in his blood and touched the lives of so many people.”

The online auction features more than 120 money-can’t-buy lots and runs from November 14 to 29.

Ipswich businessman Duncan Foster, who acts as a custodian of Beattie’s memorabilia, said: “I am delighted that Kevin agreed to donate his cap to this amazing online auction.

“Any Ipswich Town fan should want to support this fundraiser that has the name of Sir Bobby Robson and it is wonderful to see how global it has become.”

Welcoming Beattie’s donation, Lady Elsie Robson said: “This year’s auction has once again received 
some incredible prizes and donations, and I would like to thank Kevin, Duncan and everyone who has supported it.

“The big reason the auction is such a success is because of the love and legacy of Sir Bobby and the passion and perseverance of the founder Gina Long.”

Mrs Long said: “We have again been blown away by the generosity 
of people who have donated such amazing money-can’t-buy experiences.

“It is not too late to donate items while we urge everyone to register to bid this week ahead of next Saturday’s big kick-off.”

A limited edition signed sketchbook showcasing Sir Alex Ferguson’s greatest achievement as Manchester United manager has been personally donated to the Sir Bobby’s Online Auction.

Sir Alex has given his support to the fundraising auction with an incredible prize in memory of his good friend Sir Bobby Robson who he once described as his managerial inspiration.

The book, drawn by Harold Riley and chronicling Manchester United’s remarkable Champions League final victory in 1999, is one of only 1,999 copies in circulation and is signed by Sir Alex.

Other auction prizes include:

- Play at St George’s Park as guests of The League Managers Association

- Bentley Factory VIP Tour

- Sail the British Virgin Islands in magnificent Akasha

- A VIP day with the Red Arrows

- The ‘Haka’ an Original Painting by Ben Moseley

- Go behind the scenes at Sky Soccer Saturday

- The Goring Hotel, London ‘Fit for a Queen’

- VIP NFL Game day and a sideline experience

- BT Tower, exclusive Dining Club experience

- UEFA Champions League Final tickets

- Guests of FC Barcelona, watching training and tickets to match

- Maison Bleue, Bury St Edmunds, a Champagne gastronomic dinner

- Ipswich Town press experience

- Business profile in the Suffolk Magazine

- The Great House, Lavenham, a wonderful overnight stay with a magnificent dinner

- Luxurious day and night experience in the Angel Hotel, courtesy of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce

- Overnight stay at The Salthouse Harbour Hotel, Ipswich

- Perfect retreat in utter luxury at Maison Talbooth for two days and nights

- A great day with the Suffolk police dog section

- A glorious two two-night stay at beautiful Ravenwood Hall

- Norman Foster building tour with a bespoke lunch for six

- Limited edition Beatles photos from Tom Murray

- Behind the scenes at Radio Suffolk with Etholle George, Mark Murphy and Stephen Foster

- Benson Blakes gin experience

- Double page advertising spread in the East Anglian Daily Times

- Guests of Adnams at The Brewer’s House in Southwold

If you would like to donate an item, please email gina@sirbobbysauction.com. To find out more about the online auction, please visit www.sirbobbysauction.com.

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