Sir Bobby's triumphs with Town to feature in new documentary film
Already revered in his adopted town, Sir Bobby Robson is set to join legends immortalised for the cinema screen.
Fans cheered news that the former Ipswich Town boss, who took the club to European and domestic cup glory in the late 70s and early 80s, is to be the subject of a new documentary featuring a list of high-profile admirers, including Sir Alex Ferguson, Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer.
It took Sir Bobby a while to prove his worth at Portman Road – but he won the backing of the board and, subsequently, the hearts of fans, by taking the Blues to fairytale victories in the finals of the FA Cup and UEFA Cup.
As revealed by entertainment website Screen Daily, the feature-length film is co-directed by Gabriel Clarke and Torquil Jones – behind Steve McQueen: The Man And Le Mans, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015.
Simply titled Bobby Robson, it will chart the Durham born icon’s life and career – from early days as player in the 50s, to illustrious managerial years with Ipswich Town, Barcelona, Newcastle United and the England national team, which he led to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 1990.
His establishment of cancer charity the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, a year before his death in 2009, will feature in the film, which also promises to include unseen archive footage.
According to Screen Daily, the documentary is funded by private investors, and made with the blessing of Sir Bobby’s family and the support of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
It could be out in time for the World Cup next year and will be self-distributed in the UK by Noah Media.
Alasdair Ross, chairman of Ipswich Town’s independent supporters’ trust, said: “People of a certain age – like me – were brought up on the passion, the passing football and the tactics Sir Bobby brought to the club.
“It’s a legacy remembered by a large part of our support, as well as professionals like George Burley, who played for him and whose teams as a manager played in a style influenced by him.
“He was synonymous with the town in a way, perhaps, Sir Alf Ramsey [who won the league with Ipswich Town in 1962] was not.
“His time at Ipswich remained important to him – and the club’s managers will always be compared to him – not just in terms of results, but also style of play.”