Fans of both Newcastle United and Ipswich Town gathered together this afternoon at their grounds to watch the very emotional Sir Bobby Robson memorial service beamed live from Durham Cathedral.
The Master standing next to his statue in St. James’ Park
The service was also broadcast live on television, and were beamed to the grounds of both clubs and shown on massive screens.
It has been revealed that his widow, Lady Elsie, will open a new stand re-named in Bobby’s honor at Ipswich’s Portman Road ground, before Saturday’s game against Newcastle – KO 5:30 pm.
As reported earlier both teams will wear special commemorative shirts, which will later be auctioned off to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation for cancer research at Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.
We would hope that Bobby is also honored in some way by Newcastle, but that may have to wait until unpopular owner Mike Ashley sells the club to somebody who can actually run it properly.
Sir Bobby is an inspiration to football folks around around the world, and no more so than on Tyneside, where he is worshipped.
There are heroes and there are heroes – but Bobby was the real thing, without a doubt – the true working-class hero.
As a demonstration of his human qualities we will aways remember after his first home game at St. James’ Park, when we thrashed bottom of the league Sheffield Wednesday 8-0, he embraced then Wednesday manager Danny Wilson at the end of the game, and consoled him for a few minutes.
Because Bobby knew the defeat was a hammer blow, not only to the manager, but to the famous Sheffield football club too.
Such was the humility of Bobby Robson.
Bobby will be missed terribly in football circles around the world as one of the true gentlemen of the game.