Ipswich: Town players past and present unite to do Sir Bobby proud

David McGoldrick. PHOTO: Sarah Lucy Brown

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Mick McCarthy felt Sir Bobby Robson would have been pleased with the three points – rather than the performance – as Ipswich got their first Championship win of the season on the day the football world united in support of the former manager.

The Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day saw former Ipswich players paraded around Portman Road before a comfortable 3-0 win over a Millwall side still searching for their first league points.

When asked what Sir Bobby would have thought of the result, McCarthy said: “I think Sir Bobby might have liked a bit more silky football to be honest. I still think he would have taken a 3-0 win, however it came.

“As a manager, you can’t always win playing free-flowing football. I think he would have been happy enough with that.”

Many Ipswich Town players who worked with Sir Bobby turned out for Saturday’s celebration to pay tribute to their former mentor.

The likes of Allan Hunter, Bryan Hamilton, Mick Stockwell and Mick Lambert were at the stadium along with fellow ex-Blue Kieron Dyer, who played for Newcastle United during Sir Bobby’s five-year spell in charge of the north east club.

But it was not just in Ipswich that Suffolk’s football family paid tribute to Sir Bobby.

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In Lowestoft, Kirkley and Pakefield held a fun day at their Walmer Road Ground. It included the chance to see the home side face FC Clacton on the opening day of the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division season.

The afternoon saw a host of activities, including tug-of-war, face painting, football competitions, live music and an Ipswich Town v Norwich City supporters’ game

At Cornard Dynamos FC ground, in Blackhouse Lane, the Suffolk FA showcased its Ability Counts League.

Suffolk FA also hosted the first Disability Player Development Centre trials on Saturday afternoon for the 2013-14 PDC, at Portman Road.