Ipswich: Former Ipswich Town players and supporters link up to honour Sir Bobby

Sir Bobby Robson

Sir Bobby Robson - Credit: Archant

Former Ipswich Town stars and supporters inside Portman Road will be linking up at today’s match to honour their revered manager, who was widely regarded as a legend of the game, Sir Bobby Robson.

Before the Tractor Boy’s Championship game against Millwall, a minute’s applause will sound around the stadium while a number of Sir Bobby’s old players will gather on the pitch and be presented to the crowd just before kick-off.

The celebrations comes four years since Sir Bobby’s death and as 150 events are set to take place across the country as part of the Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day which also coincides with the Football Association’s (FA) 150th anniversary.

The event comes at a time when support is starting to mount for a campaign to raise £1million which will be used towards the early detection and treatment of cancer and the clinical trials of new drugs to beat the disease.

Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Online Auction, which takes place from October 10-27, is aiming to raise cash for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Ipswich Hospital and West Suffolk Hospital.

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Sir Bobby, who died in 2009 aged 76, 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 Super Blues.

Spells in Holland, Portugal and Spain followed before he was lured home to take the reigns at Newcastle United.

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His legacy has funded world-class cancer facilities within the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to benefit cancer patients and which contributes to research into fighting the disease.

Top brass at the FA have been in contact with Sir Bobby’s widow, Lady Elsie, and intend to involve about 150 different clubs at all levels, with the idea being to promote grassroots football as part of National Football Day across the country.

In Lowestoft, Kirkley and Pakefield will be having a fun day at their Walmer Road Ground, from 10am to 6pm.

It will include the chance to see the home side face FC Clacton on the opening day of the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division season, kick-off 3pm. The afternoon will include a host of activities including tug-of-war, face painting, football competitions, bouncy castle, live music and an Ipswich Town v Norwich City supporters’ game

At Cornard Dynamos FC ground, in Blackhouse Lane, the Suffolk FA will be showcasing their Ability Counts League from 11am to 3pm.

Suffolk FA will also be hosting the first Disability Player Development Centre trials this afternoon for the 2013-14 PDC, at Portman Road.

This will be an open trial at Cornard Dynamos FC involving games and tasks led by Suffolk FA and Ipswich Town FC coaches.

The second trial will take place at Portman Road on Wednesday, September 4.

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