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Defacement Of Bobby Robson Statue Simply Disgusting

9:52 am, Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 23 Comments

We saw the news yesterday and felt a little sick.

Bobby Robson – the great man himself

Vandals defaced a stone portrait of the great Bobby Robson, in the remembrance garden created recently in the memory of the legendary Newcastle United, Ipswich and England manager.

Graffiti was all over the portrait and had to be removed and it is thought the vandalism took place on Sunday, when Newcastle played Norwich City.

Some reports today have suggested that it could  have been Norwich fans,  and we know there is a huge rivalry in East Anglia between Norwich and Ipswich, and therefore there  is some suspicion it may have been Norwich fans.

Bobby was manager of Ipswich Town from 1969 through 1982,  when he took the England manager job.

Police are investigating the incident, and workers had to erase an obscene drawing from the monument on Monday morning, after it had been spotted by Newcastle fans.

Liz Luff is aprt of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which raises cash for cancer research and has raised over £3M so far, made this statement:

“I’m furious to find the memorial garden vandalized.” “I can’t believe anyone would do that.”

“Someone’s drawn an obscenity on the middle stone, Sir Bobby’s portrait. Thankfully the council have cleaned it.”

The garden features five stone monuments, showing images of the wonderful life of Sir Bobby Robson, who was born and bred in Sacriston, County Durham.

Bobby died of cancer on July 31st, 2009 at the age of 76, and is revered throughout the world of football.

Bobby will be turning in his grave, and we just have to hope that the Northumbria Police are successful in finding out who did this, and that the perpetrators are punished to the full extent of the law.

And if anybody knows who the culprits are, they should turn them in – and quickly too.



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23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Alan_Pard_Who // Mar 20, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Makes me f*****g sick!

  • 2 Toonboy_84 // Mar 20, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Absolute scum! No other words for the low life who did this.

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Mar 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    A terrible thing to do,cant see it being Norwich fans as they’ve a reputation of being a nice bunch of fans,more likely few mackem half wits cant imagine a group of people travelling half the length of the country with spray cans.

  • 4 Alan_Pard_Who // Mar 20, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    This is an outrage and I hope whoever had done it is caught, paraded round st James park at half time and then thrown into a darkened room with will young and John o’shea.

  • 5 martoon // Mar 20, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    To be fair to the mackems SBR was quite popular there also and used to attend matches at the SOL and why would they be in Newcastle for a match with Norwich. Much more likely to have been some idiot Norwich fans – I’m afraid all clubs have them.

  • 6 super magpie // Mar 20, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Apparently it was one of our own fans, if it’s true then I don’t class them as a fan.

  • 7 Toonboy_84 // Mar 20, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    @5

    Where did u get that info?

  • 8 martoon // Mar 20, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Off topic: cheickstackle – a few posts back you offered to summarise the latest Newcastle accounts – I for one would be very interested to see this as trying to understand published accounts is beyond me.

  • 9 bambams // Mar 20, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    supermagpie….
    Where has that info come from?

  • 10 faustino // Mar 20, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    @6 it’s a chinese whisper that’s started due to a statement from the Bobby Robson foundation stating that there was nothing to suggest it was Norwich fans.

    Just because there was no proof, doesn’t mean it wasn’t them. I mean think about it, hell of a coincidence that it would happen the first weekend that Norwich fans have been up here since the memorial was put up.

  • 11 bambams // Mar 20, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    hopefully some cctv will have captured the scumbag doing it.

    I am not even going to try and put into words what i would love to do to the person responsble.

  • 12 Toon Tang // Mar 20, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    if theres no proof then it could be chuffin anybody eh , norwich , mackem or someone living in toon . not everyone living in newcastle supports us ya know

  • 13 faustino // Mar 20, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    I know what your saying but it’s just seems one massive coincidence that the one club who have a massive grudge against Bobby are in town and this happens?

  • 14 bambams // Mar 20, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    i just find it all a little too much of a coincidence that Ipswich’s main rivals were up here this weekend…. It only takes one moron, too much too drink (not excusing them) and not happy they did not get anything up here- then take it out on a scupture of the ‘Great Man’.
    Its nice to see some feedback from the Norwich fans as reported.

  • 15 bambams // Mar 20, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    @12……….spooky, great minds obviously think alike.

  • 16 reverend-of-toon // Mar 20, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    I thought i was going bong eyed when i saw this healine. I really hope who ever did this gets a good kicking even more so if the person is fan from here fan or not. If it was Norwich fans it shows you theby-product of having kids with your brother or sister

  • 17 markmac // Mar 20, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    evil b@stards, cant be toon surely….

  • 18 lordy_geordie // Mar 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    It’s disgusting how any one could do that. What is surprising though is no one has thought it might be a none football fan? Idiots deface things without reason.

  • 19 markmac // Mar 20, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    good point, there are plenty of mindless yobs out there, just aslong as it aint a nufc fan because they dont deserve to be if was!

  • 20 russtoon // Mar 20, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Can I just say that anyone who vandalises any type of memorial for someone as great and Sir Bobby or any persons memorial is very sad and pathetic, they should be caught and punished to the full extent of the Geordie law, they should also have there silly mugs blown up and stuck on bill boards for every one to see

    Probably kids to be fair, i blame the parents lol!!!

    Come on the TOON!!

  • 21 Ericles // Mar 20, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Many years ago I travelled to Norwich to see NUFC beaten by a hat trick by Tommy Bryceland. It was a good game and we found the Norwich team and fans a good people – they even clapped good moves by our players. Almost like being at a cricket match. I cannot believe that if it was Norwich fans working out a post-Ipswich grudge about Wor Bobby then they are savage
    scum unrepresentative of any fans let alone those of NUFC or Norwich. Perhaps we will never know – let’s hope somebody lets the cat out of the bag and we can emasculate the illigitemates. Shameful.

  • 22 LooneyToon41 // Mar 20, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    This has got Norwich fans written all over it, but you just never know. Sad idiots.

  • 23 geordiejamie89 // Mar 21, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Terrible. I hope it was kids to be honest, that don’t know who Sir Bobby was. It’s still terrible but not as bad as knowing it was someone who knew what they were doing.




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