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Special screening of Bobby Robson film to take place at Portman Road

PUBLISHED: 10:55 27 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:24 27 March 2018

Sir Bobby Robson with a statue of himself he unveiled in July 2002. Picture: PA/ANDREW PARSONS

Sir Bobby Robson with a statue of himself he unveiled in July 2002. Picture: PA/ANDREW PARSONS

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A special screening of a new film celebrating the life of Sir Bobby Robson has been announced at the home of the former Ipswich Town manager’s beloved club.

‘Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager’ will be screened at Portman Road, Ipswich on May 25 in honour of the footballing giant.

The film will also receive two special stadium screenings at St James’ Park, Newcastle on May 22, and Wembley Stadium, London on May 24.

It will later be released via digital download on June 1, and on DVD and Blu-Ray on June 4.

The documentary will also feature 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.

It will chart the Durham-born icon’s life and career – from early days as a 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.

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.”

Tickets for the three special stadium screenings are available online.

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