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.