Ipswich Town have today announced the schedule of events around the game on Saturday between Ipswich and Newcastle, the two English clubs that Sir Bobby managed to great success during his fantastic career.
And we have to applaud the Ipswich club, who are doing a great job and it is a tribute to them that they have gone out of their way to ensure their great manager from 1969 until 1982 is remembered on Saturday.
The North Stand will be renamed the Sir Bobby Robson Stand in honor of the legendary Blues manager.
Lady Elsie Robson and around 40 Town stars of the past – including George Burley, Mick Mills, Frans Thijssen, Kevin Beattie, John Wark and Allan Hunter – will rechristen the stand in a ceremony held at half-time.
At 4.15 pm representatives from both clubs and the mayors of Ipswich and Newcastle will place wreaths on the statue of Robson in Portman Road, while the scarves and shirts which were left by fans in the weeks after his death will be returned to the monument.
Then former Blues skipper Mick Mills will place a wreath on behalf of Robson’s players.
The former players and staff will be introduced to the crowd at 5.15pm before Abide With Me is sung by Laura Wright from the All Angels operatic group. Prior to the 5.30pm kick-off, there will be a minute’s applause.
At half-time, Lady Elsie and sons Mark and Paul will cut ribbons which will release 709 blue and white balloons, marking Robson’s games in charge of the club.
The game is being televised around the world and is on Setanta Sports here in the US and on BBC in the UK.
It is a fitting tribute to the great man, and we applaudthe Ipswich Town for a job expertly done.