Anger at auction of Sir Bobby Robson memorabilia

IPSWICH Town fans have spoken out against people cashing in on the memory of Sir Bobby Robson, branding them “appalling”.

Lizzie Parry

IPSWICH Town fans have spoken out against people cashing in on the memory of Sir Bobby Robson, branding them “appalling”.

Just weeks after the great football legend lost his brave battle with cancer on Friday, July 31, one auctioning website has seen an influx of Robson memorabilia.

Signed shirts, footballs and photos are among the hundreds of items up for sale on eBay bearing the signature and face of the late Ipswich and England manager.

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But people are so eager to cash in on the death of the treasured personality that they are auctioning commemorative programmes distributed to fans free of charge at Saturday's first home fixture of the season against Leicester.

Elizabeth Edwards, chair of ITFC Supporters Club, condemned anyone seeking to make personal profit out of Sir Bobby Robson's death.

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She called for anyone profiting by selling memorabilia to donate the proceeds to the charity Sir Bobby gave his name to, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

“I think it is beyond appalling that people have such low morals that they see this as a chance to make money for themselves; in particular those so called Town “fans” selling the souvenir tribute book distributed last Saturday at Portman Road.

“They are going totally against the decency that Sir Bobby showed, and showing no respect for his brave fight against cancer.

“If they have any element of self-respect, then they should send any profits they make to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, together with a note of apology.

“I would suggest that, if we can identify them, then they be paraded in front of the North stand at the Newcastle game. That might give true fans an opportunity to show them what we think.”

Items for sale range in price from as little as 99p to �495 for a framed collection of the home and away programmes from the final when Ipswich Town won the UEFA cup in 1981, alongside a signed picture of Sir Bobby Robson.

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