Fabio Capello Pays Tribute To Sir Bobby Robson

Fabio Capello will hand over a £75K check on behalf of the Football Association in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson foundation.


Sir Bobby Robson – while manager at Newcastle United

Bobby turned 76 years old last Wednesday (18th Feb), and the former Newcastle, Ipswich and England manager has enthusiastically driven the formation of his Cancer Foundation, after being diagnosed with cancer last March.

The current England manager Fabio Capello said today:

“Sir Bobby Robson is a football legend not just in England but around the world.” “I have known him for many years from when we both managed in Spain and I am very pleased that the FA is backing The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.”

“Sir Bobby is a very courageous man and it is an honor to be able to present him with a donation which will help his foundation’s important work.”

When Sir Bobby received his latest cancer diagnosis in March of last year, he start5ed to target raising £500K to fully equip a cancer unit after his oncologist Ruth Plummer, encouraged him to do it.

The target was quickly reached within a short seven weeks, and the total now stands at more than £1.2M, a fantastic achievement by Bobby, who is of course a living legned on Tyneside, and throughout the world.

Bobby has announced that £300K of the money will be spent on two research posts, which will allow a full time doctor and nurse, at the center in the Freeman Hospital on Freeman Road.

Sir Bobby said today:

“I’m very grateful to the FA for its extremely generous support and to Fabio for delivering the donation in person.” “I know from experience that he has a very demanding job and for him to take the time to visit us personally speaks volumes about his character.”

“This is a particularly proud day for everyone involved in The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.”  “And by that I don’t just mean myself, my wife Lady Elsie and the charity committee and center staff.”

“Every single person who has made a donation to the foundation, sponsored a friend or workmate or organised a fundraising event should be very proud too.” “This new centre is our first major achievement together and it will make a huge difference to the experts who are working hard to find new treatments for cancer.”

“And because of the wonderful ongoing efforts being made on behalf of my charity I’m pleased to announce that we’ve also been able to use £300K to fund two very important research posts here too – a doctor and a nurse.”  “Both are training roles and a sound investment in the future of cancer research.” “But we don’t want to rest on our laurels today.”

“This is a wonderful new facility but the patients who come through its doors are at the very front line in the fight against cancer.” “The best way we can continue to help them is to keep pulling together as a team.”

Professor Ruth Plummer, who is Sir Bobby’s oncologist, said today:

“Last year I asked Sir Bobby if he knew of any people who might like to help us raise the £500K we needed to equip this center.  “In true fashion he did so much more than that by making a personal donation and setting up this charity to help us.

“Incredibly we raised the money required in just seven weeks and because of his commitment, and the fantastic ongoing donations and fundraising efforts, we’ve also been able to fund a training research nurse post with a special interest in skin cancer and a senior training fellowship doctor.

“The three-year posts will be based in the Cancer Trials Research Centre and will give us even more opportunity to help treat patients and develop our clinical trials and cancer research.”

Sir Bobby Robson is one of the great men of football and we are proud he got to manage his home town club Newcastle United, which was always his dream, and it was a pity it was just for a short five years.

He is a hero in Newcastle and around the world, and we salute him for everything he’s done in his life of very significant achievement.  He’s a truly great man.

Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

Donations can be made here or by mailing a check to:

Sir Bobby Robson Foundation,
PO Box 307,
Newcastle Upon Tyne NE7 7QG.

31 comments so far

  • RyanToon

    Feb 20, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #1

    love sir bob, legend!

  • spiderpig

    Feb 20, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #2

    always feel absolutely ashamed of our club for sacking that man.for me he is twice the man keegan ever will be.what a shame..5th in the league not good enough.anyone who would go back to shepherd days doesnt deserve a football team.

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 20, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Living Legend our Sir Bob

  • Stardust

    Feb 20, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #4

    Spiderpig – I think you will find the sacking and undermining of Sir Bobby was orchestrated by FFS – who after his removal and subesuent appointments of puppets sorry managers – was able to remove untold millions from the club. With Sir Bobby you had ambition and drive, FFS wasnt interested in that – he just wanted money money money money

  • sahota

    Feb 20, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #5

    Great Man with very good intentions to benefit normal people suffering from cancer.


    Feb 20, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #6

    Sir Bobby is our True Legend!

  • Toon Sweden77

    Feb 20, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #7

    The sacking of Sir Bobby Robson was awful and sad. And then replace him with Graeme Souness… Poor old Bobby, you didnt deserv it.

  • richyg01

    Feb 20, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Echo (Stardust) & (Spiderpig)

    They always say that Cancer gets the best ones and it certainly did here – Absolute Legend.

    NUFC Thru & Thru, Always!

    Brilliant Tribute by Fabio too

  • beyethegreat

    Feb 20, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #9

    no one makes me more proud to be a toon fan

    you cant just blame ffs it was us fans who boood the him after we just finished 5th

  • Stardust

    Feb 20, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #10

    Beyethegreat – I think you will find at the same time a campaign of sleeze, of dressing room disharmony etc etc were undermining Sir Bobby – all orchestrated by FFS and his mouthpiece at the time the half brained clueless Alan Oliver.

  • beyethegreat

    Feb 20, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #11

    stardust how was it orchestrated by ffs ? are you saying that ffs purposselyruined sir bobby’s career

  • beyethegreat

    Feb 20, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #12

    sir bobby’s toon career

    also this is from the nusc post

    Stardust // Feb 20, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    John Wallsend – when demo’s hurt NUFC I have something to say about it!

    as for “Newcastle’s fans deserve answers about the way their money is being spent.” Did these same morons choose to say anything when their money was being taken hand over fist by the previous regime.

    ASHLEY hasnt made a penny, he has spent millions – youre argument on that point is a flawed as the demos themselves. Stop patronising us with Democracy – if they listened to a democratic view they would realise these 200 idiots DO NOT REPRESENT NEWCASTLE UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB.

    But the press will lap it up – well done – moron

    42 beyethegreat // Feb 20, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    stardust lol

    i think you put the inverted commer in the wrong place lol

    youre right these fans didnt say anything when ffs was in charge but that is irrelevant the supporters club was not set up then

    and also their is no need to call people morons

    you would get a lot more respectif you didnt start calling people names or say they arent true fans

  • Stardust

    Feb 20, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Beye – everyone around the city knew of the unrest, reports were daily re Bellamy and Shearer, Shearer and Dyer, parties ont he quayside with the bling brigade and Jenas.

    SBR could never have been removed without these reports. A good friend of mine on a number of occassions spoke to AO direct to have a go at him for this very thing. AO stated – what was he meant to do – he was a sports reporter in the Chronicle and FFS was his source, he knew everyone didnt agree with what he wrote but he had no choice as if he didnt run articles that way he would be cut out. The man AO was a coward.

    So in answer to your question – Yes FFS undermined then removed SBR.

  • lesh

    Feb 20, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #14

    Oooh Stardust.

    At times you’ve posted and shown a lot of sense but with your recent posts (4 & 10) are really courting legal action. Ever heard of libel?

    FFS be careful man!


    Feb 20, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #15


    They always say that Cancer gets the best ones and it certainly did here –
    JADE GOODY??????? What happened there then!

  • Stardust

    Feb 20, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #16

    See 13 Lesh – it was an opinion formed on conversations direct with AO – I am expressing my personal opinion of course lol

  • Stardust

    Feb 20, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #17

    On a terrible note Geordie – I am half expecting Jade to make a miracle recovery – thats the esteem I hold her in, terrible thing to say if whe is genuine but I just cant bring myself to like or trust a thing she says. Anyway back to footy lol

  • beyethegreat

    Feb 20, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #18


    can we pick a thread and stick to it lol

  • Stardust

    Feb 20, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #19


  • beyethegreat

    Feb 20, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #20

    stardust so which 1 this 1 or the nusc 1 ?

  • beyethegreat

    Feb 20, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #21


    this is the best supporters club

  • NotAGhostToon

    Feb 20, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #22

    Hi, Just wanted to say what a legend sir bobby is and I hope he keeps battling. He’s one of the reason’s i’m doing a sponsored bungee jump for this very charity. Please please please, could you donate as much or as little as you like, i’ve pretty much just started on a target to make £1000, and i’ve already managed just over £100. To anyone who donates i’ll be very grateful, so thank you for your support!

  • NotAGhostToon

    Feb 20, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #23

    this is my link by the way, thanks again

  • richyg01

    Feb 20, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #24

    OK maybe not always!!

  • nufctoon

    Feb 20, 2009 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #25

    i like his black humor in the paper i was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma he thought it sounded like a right back from benfica

  • Newckie

    Feb 20, 2009 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #26

    Watch some idiot try and change the topic because they are morons!

    Guy’s Ed starts a topic! explore some manners you clowns!!!!
    Sorry Ed but I get sick of orientated low life that have no idea what manners are about !!!

    Sir Bobby will always be the last gentleman in the English game.

  • Doocey

    Feb 20, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #27

    Legend Sir Bobby!

  • batty

    Feb 20, 2009 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #28

    geordie and stardust ur fccking sick takeing the piss out ov some one who has cancer

  • Stardust

    Feb 21, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #29

    Batty – sorry you toook offence there fella, but I was reflecting on her character, not laughing at the illness – far from it.

  • workyticket

    Feb 21, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #30

    batty // Feb 20, 2009 at 10:50 PM

    “geordie and stardust ur fccking sick takeing the piss out ov some one who has cancer”

    Batty, you did it with my mother and she’s dead!

  • cooldj

    Feb 21, 2009 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #31

    Ed, it’s cheque!! 🙂


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