FA to remember Sir Bobby Robson with National Football Day

The Football Association plans to stage a National Football Day promoting grassroots football with the occasion to be named in memory of the late Sir Bobby Robson, who managed England between 1982 and 1990, the Guardian has reported.

Robson passed away in 2009 aged 76 after suffering from lung cancer. He was awarded a knighthood in 2002 for services to football and, as well as managing the national team for eight years, took charge of Ipswich Town, winning the FA Cup and UEFA Cup, as well as spending time working on the continent at PSV Eindhoven, Sporting Lisbon, Porto and Barcelona. His club career ended after five years at hometown team Newcastle United, with a brief involvement with the Republic of Ireland his last post in football.

The Guardian notes that the FA has spoken with Robson’s widow, Elsie, and intends to invite 150 clubs to take part in the National Football Day, to be held shortly before the start of next season and four days before England play Scotland at Wembley.

Elsie Robson said: “I’m thrilled that the FA is involving my family. Bob launched his cancer charity [the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation] in 2008 and right from the start the FA has been on hand to support us.

He’d have loved this and I think it’s very fitting as it will be a day celebrating and encouraging grassroots football. Bob never lost his own boyish enthusiasm for the game no matter what was happening off the field.

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