Suffolk: Andre Villas-Boas supports Sir Bobby Robson charity with Tottenham Hotspur prize

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas, with Sir Bobby's iconic England jacket from the 1990 Wo

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas, with Sir Bobby's iconic England jacket from the 1990 World Cup. - Credit: North News & Pictures Ltd

Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas has donated the ultimate football fan prize to an online auction raising cash in memory of his “inspiration”, Sir Bobby Robson

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.

The objective is 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.

The Premiership club’s Portuguese supremo is offering two lucky bidders a face-to-face lunch with him, a Tottenham Hotspur experience and a signed team shirt.

Villas-Boas joins a growing list of sport stars who are supporting efforts to raise £1million in Sir Bobby’s memory.

In 2011, Jose Mourinho donated his FIFA Ballon D’Or 2010 World Coach of the Year Award trophy to the auction, raising £26,000.

Confirmed prizes for 2013 include a VIP trip to next year’s F1 in Monaco by private Eclipse jet, tickets to the 2014 PFA Awards Dinner, a week sailing on a luxury catamaran Akasha all inclusive for 10 people around the British Virgin Isles and a one-on-one personal bowling lesson with England professional cricketer Graeme Swann.

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Villas-Boas said: “Sir Bobby is a true legend of the game, a great man, a great manager and a real gentleman. I often think of him and the inspiration he gave me not only at Porto but throughout his life. The fact that so many fellow managers and people around the world are supporting this campaign speaks more about his legacy than I ever could.”

Founder of the auction Gina Long added: “I am overwhelmed by Andre’s donation. I met Andre at an event to mark what would have been Sir Bobby’s 80th birthday in February and he expressed a strong desire to help with our amazing fundraising but what has been offered today is above and beyond what we could have hoped.”

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