Bobby Robson was laid to rest today at a private ceremony.
Sir Bobby Robson – laid to rest today
A statement released by his family said:
“Sir Bobby Robson was laid to rest today at a private family service.”
“Lady Robson has been overwhelmed by the wonderful tributes and messages of condolence and is very grateful that the family’s privacy has been respected at this sad time.”
“Arrangements for the thanksgiving service in celebration of Sir Bobby’s life will be announced in due course.”
A family spokeswoman said the service, which was held in the North East, was attended by Robson’s widow, Elsie, and the couple’s three sons, Andrew, Paul and Mark, as well as other relatives and close friends.
Robson died last Friday at his County Durham home surrounded by his family, and he was aged 76.
England’s second most successful manager of all time had been in failing health since being diagnosed with cancer for a fifth time two years ago.
Since then he had used his fame and immense popularity in the football world to raise more than £1.6M for research into early cancer diagnosis, which was given to his foundation at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.
Robson appeared at the England v Germany match at St James’ Park, the home of Newcastle United, on July 26, five days before his death, in front of 33,000 fans who turned up in aid of his cancer charity.
And since his death St James’ Park has been turned into a shrine, with thousands of Newcastle fans visiting the stadium to leave tributes and pay their respects to the great man.
The football world has been saddened by the death of one of the great managers in football, and none more than the fans of the home town club he managed to great success for 5 years from 1999-2004, Newcastle United.