Terry’s backing the Sir Bobby auction

Terry Burtcher signs photos of himself for the Sir Bobby Robson charity auction. Terry is pictured w

Terry Burtcher signs photos of himself for the Sir Bobby Robson charity auction. Terry is pictured with Gina Long. - Credit: Archant

The iconic photograph of the bloodied and battered Ipswich Town and England footballer Terry Butcher is one of the most enduring sporting images of its kind.

It was a clash of heads during the first half of a 1989 World Cup qualifying match in Sweden which resulted in the injury ... a moment that will live long in the memory of the legendary defender.

Now the man who has played in a World Cup semi final, won the UEFA Cup with Ipswich, captained Glasgow Rangers and gone on to manage a series of clubs has donated a signed copy of the photo for the Sir Bobby Robson online auction.

He has also added a second signed print of himself consoling Paul Gascoigne following the 1990 World Cup semi final defeat in Italy at the hands of West Germany.

The 56-year-old, who is now back in Suffolk living near Woodbridge, is the latest sports personality to support the auction which has so far attracted over 145 lots valued at over £100,000.

It runs until Sunday, November 29, with Butcher joining the likes of Jose Mourinho, Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott and Sir Alex Ferguson in backing the global fundraiser.

During his career Butcher skippered the England national team, winning 77 caps in a 10-year international period that featured three World Cups and was under the management of Sir Bobby Robson for both club and country.

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Apart from success with Ipswich he has managed clubs in England, Scotland, Australia and Wales.

He said he was delighted to be supporting the auction and added: “I have been blown away by the number of prizes that have been offered up for the auction and it shows the love and affection there is for Bobby Robson.It makes me proud to know that I have known him since he signed me for Ipswich back in 1976 and he has been a great manager and person and has been such an influencial part of my career. If you ever needed advice he would give it to you ... he was very much a people’s person and everybody he touched loved and admired him so much.

“When he walked into a room he had an aura about him and he has left behind a lasting legacy both on and off the pitch and it’s great that I can help support this fundraising initiative in any way I can.”

The auction has seen household names from the world of sport and beyond donate priceless pieces of sporting memorabilia.

But it is not just football that is well represented in this year’s auction, which has raised more than £700,000 since Gina Long, a family friend from west Suffolk, created it four years ago.

The money raised from the annual auction has directly helped the fight against cancer, most notably by the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation which he set up in 2008 to support cancer projects and international research into the disease.

Other beneficiaries from this year are the In The Game – League Manager’s Association Charity, the GeeWizz charitable foundation and West Suffolk Hospital Charity.

The family of brave Ipswich three-year-old George Woodward, who lives with a rare and incurable condition, will also be a beneficiary.

To view the lots, register and place your bid, visit www.sirbobbysauction.com