Ipswich Town: Legends pay tributes to mark Sir Bobby Robson 80th birthday celebration

Former Ipswich Town and England captain Mick Mills is greeted by Lady Elsie, widow of Sir Bobby Robs

Former Ipswich Town and England captain Mick Mills is greeted by Lady Elsie, widow of Sir Bobby Robson, and their three sons on Tyneside last night. Picture credit: Lewis Arnold/Newcastle Journal. - Credit: Archant

FOOTBALLING greats joined friends and family of the late Sir Bobby Robson in marking the former manager’s 80th birthday tonight.

A host of celebrities and football legends, including Mick Mils, paid tribute to Sir Bobby in a special evening which celebrated the life of the ex-England coach in his native North-East.

Sir Bobby Robson – A Celebration featured some of Sir Bobby’s “Desert Island Discs” as well as excerpts from his final interviews, which were originally filmed for use at the celebration event when it was first planned, with his involvement, in 2009.

The former Town, Newcastle and Barcelona boss enjoyed a glorious, trophy-laden career in management and was one of the most popular figures in the game.

The event raised funds for The Alan Shearer Foundation and The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which was launched by Sir Bobby and his wife Lady Elsie in 2008 and has gone on to raise more than £4.7million to help find more effective ways to detect and treat cancer.


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Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Money backed last night’s special event, held at The Sage Gateshead.

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