Ipswich Town Plan Fitting Tribute To Sir Bobby


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.

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Bobby in front of his famous statue at Portman Road

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.

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65 comments so far

  • ganiyu

    Sep 23, 2009 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Great robson we would miss u.

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  • Jay jay

    Sep 23, 2009 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Good on you ipswich, great way to honour such a wonderful man.

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  • toonsy

    Sep 23, 2009 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #3

    If only our current bumbling owner would sanction something like this! We should give Sir Bob the East stand at very least!

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  • Jay jay

    Sep 23, 2009 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #4

    Toonsy agree with you 100% but he dont care where we have come from or where we are going, more concerned about bleeding us dry instead of making a fitting gesture to the most respected manager in football history its out of order

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  • ganiyu

    Sep 23, 2009 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Im highly disapointed with nufc.no match should be taken for granted.how can you prepare to lose a match with full expectations.thats why i love chelsea.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Sep 23, 2009 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #6

    ganiyu crawl back under your stone you Chelsea idiot & get off our blog

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  • Robbanufc

    Sep 23, 2009 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #7

    Howay the lads!

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  • toonsy

    Sep 23, 2009 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Ganiyu is showing his true colours now, and they appear to be blue!

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  • Jay jay

    Sep 23, 2009 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #9

    Ganiyu you appear to be confused talk to jeremy kyle he will stop you two timing, and teach you about loyalty.

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  • ganiyu

    Sep 23, 2009 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #10

    Its not my loyality but it just that Nufc is not ambitious for anything this season.

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  • ganiyu

    Sep 23, 2009 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #11

    Promotion to the premier league would take nufc 3yrs.my candidates are boro westbrom and shef

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  • chuck

    Sep 23, 2009 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #12

    Yeah, at least Ipswich cares!

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  • toonsy

    Sep 23, 2009 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #13

    Ganiyu – If the Toon aren’t ambitious enough, then p1ss off and go follow the sheep and support Man U, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Man City and stop dirtying our doorstep you gloryhunting ar5ewipe!

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  • SWHITEY

    Sep 23, 2009 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #14

    @toonsy, nice comment aimed ganiyu
    @ganiyu, jog on loser

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  • ganiyu

    Sep 23, 2009 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #15

    Do you know that loosing games is a curse?i hate loosing its spoils hopes.its not mx fault.

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  • ganiyu

    Sep 23, 2009 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #16

    Do you know that losing games is a curse?i hate losing its spoils hopes.its not mx fault.

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  • Big Dave

    Sep 23, 2009 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #17

    ganiyu // Sep 23, 2009 at 7:22 PM

    Promotion to the premier league would take nufc 3yrs.my candidates are boro westbrom and shef
    Well why dont you take yourself off to stalk them then.

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  • ganiyu

    Sep 23, 2009 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #18

    Do you know that losing games is a curse?i hate losing its spoils hopes.its not my fault.

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  • Stuart79

    Sep 23, 2009 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #19

    I heard Steve Howey on the radio Newcastle tonight saying he’d heard that the takeover is imminant.

    Hope he’s right.

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  • toonsy

    Sep 23, 2009 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #20

    ganiyu // Sep 23, 2009 at 8:08 PM

    Do you know that losing games is a curse?i hate losing its spoils hopes.its not my fault.

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    Its not MY fault we lost yesterday, or yours or any supporters. Its just nature of the game. Games get lost every weekend! What we do however, is stick by the team and not question our iwn loyalty. Now jog on gloryhunter!

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  • toonsy

    Sep 23, 2009 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Stuart79 // Sep 23, 2009 at 8:09 PM

    Hmm, no disrespect Stu, but is Howey really “in the know”? I dont think so.

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  • Stuart79

    Sep 23, 2009 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #22

    toonsy // Sep 23, 2009 at 8:13 PM

    Stuart79 // Sep 23, 2009 at 8:09 PM

    Hmm, no disrespect Stu, but is Howey really “in the know”? I dont think so.

    Well ex players do know people don’t they?

    I mean he will know more people around the club than you and I I reckon.

    I don’t believe it myself but ya never kna.

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  • summerof69

    Sep 23, 2009 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #23

    If only our current bumbling owner would sanction something like this! We should give Sir Bob the East stand at very least!

    i disagreethere are people more deserving people like joe harvey etc dont get me wrong i love sir bobby which is why i think the academy should be named after him instead coz of everything he done for our youth

    gainyu

    eff off and go support some 1 else

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  • Big Dave

    Sep 23, 2009 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #24

    toonsy i would say Howey would know more than us and the sad rags.

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  • toonsy

    Sep 23, 2009 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #25

    Stuart79 // Sep 23, 2009 at 8:16 PM

    I suppose, i just want rid of that fat tw@t! People are calling Moat saying its a step sideways or backwards. I’d say anyone is a step forward from fat boy!

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  • toonsy

    Sep 23, 2009 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #26

    summerof69 // Sep 23, 2009 at 8:19 PM

    Agree to a point about Harvey. The thing with Sir Bob is that he was/is a genuine world renowned legendary manager who has done it at home, abroad and at international level.

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  • summerof69

    Sep 23, 2009 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #27

    toonsy i know that and thing about sir bobby it isnt just his footballing achievements why we love him its partly coz of how he represented us but harvey was the last manager to iwn something which means he should be honored

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  • ganiyu

    Sep 23, 2009 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #28

    I feel so sorry for the fans who travelled that far for a loss.waste of time.

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  • Stuart79

    Sep 23, 2009 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #29

    ganiyu // Sep 23, 2009 at 8:28 PM

    I feel so sorry for the fans who travelled that far for a loss.waste of time.

    We’ll have to get use to it I’m afraid.

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  • Big Dave

    Sep 23, 2009 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #30

    Toonsy I’d say anyone is a step forward from fat boy!
    I would agree with you. But I dont think Moat would be stupid enough to buy us without having the money to invest. 😉

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  • toonsy

    Sep 23, 2009 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #31

    summerof69 // Sep 23, 2009 at 8:26 PM

    I’ll strike a deal then. Leazes = Sir Bobby Robson memorial stand. East stand = Harvey stand. Hows that?

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  • Stuart79

    Sep 23, 2009 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #32

    Big Dave

    His backers obviously have the money to invest they just don’t want to pay over the odds for an asset. That’s natural.

    I think when this takeover does go through it will be like a huge black cloud being removed and the club will have a new lease of life. Where fans, the club and the city can move forward and achieve.

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  • toonsy

    Sep 23, 2009 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #33

    30 Big Dave // Sep 23, 2009 at 8:30 PM

    I agree. I dont think he is silly enough to do that. Add to that the rumour that Moat has been given double the standard overdraft (20 miilion) and that could back it up. Or Barclays could have based it on our attendances, that would be foolish though. Base it on season tickets yes, as they are paid for. But to base it on tickets that may not be sold would be a mistake by the bank and wouldnt be worth the risk to them IMO.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Sep 23, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #34

    stuart did howey say anything in any detail mate?

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  • toonsy

    Sep 23, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #35

    Maybe its this Friday, it may ACTUALLY be the day!!!

    You heard it hear first lol 😉

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  • Stuart79

    Sep 23, 2009 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #36

    toonsy // Sep 23, 2009 at 8:35 PM

    One of the major issues was that Moat and his backers can service the overdraft but the banks needed persuading.

    As Moats backers don’t want to have their identity revealed until Ashley has gone he was finding it quite difficult to convince the bank.

    I can only guess he has finally persuaded them.

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  • Stuart79

    Sep 23, 2009 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #37

    34 Geordie-Gerrard7 // Sep 23, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    stuart did howey say anything in any detail mate?

    Not really, he jut said he’d heard a rumour that the Moat deal is more or less done but he had heard it before.

    I guess it might have some mileage as a few papers have gone with that too.

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  • toonsy

    Sep 23, 2009 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #38

    Stuart79 // Sep 23, 2009 at 8:34 PM

    Your right, with that fat bit of cockney blubber gone, the area can move on. Not many people understand how Newcastle as a place and a football club work. Its certainly a special place. Maybe that just my geordie pride shining through though.

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  • ganiyu

    Sep 23, 2009 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #39

    Things must change.if we dont get promoted but win a silver ware i would be elated.plan to win any game at hand and stop the fantasy of being promoted.i love reality.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Sep 23, 2009 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #40

    wont believe owt untill it happens like, but i really want shearer in as manager.

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