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Ipswich/England: FA to honour Sir Bobby with National Football Day

PUBLISHED: 12:40 16 January 2013 | UPDATED: 12:40 16 January 2013

Sir Bobby Robson

Sir Bobby Robson

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THE FA is to commemorate Sir Bobby Robson as part of its 150th anniversary celebrations this summer.

August 10 is to be made National Football Day and named in honour of the former Ipswich Town and England manager.

Sir Bobby died in 2009 aged 76. He had led England to the World Cup semi-final in 1990 and enjoyed a hugely successful club management career, which included FA Cup and UEFA cup glory with the Blues.

Spells in Holland, Portugal and Spain followed before he was lured home to take the reigns at Newcastle United, where he was hailed as a local hero.

There are statues of Sir Bobby outside Newcastle’s St James’ Park stadium and Ipswich Town’s Portman Road stadium.

Top brass at the FA have been in contact with Sir Bobby’s widow, Elsie, and intend to involve about 150 different clubs at all levels, with the idea being to promote grassroots football.

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