FA to hold Sir Bobby Robson Day

The Football Association have confirmed they have designated August 10 as Sir Bobby Robson Day, in memory of the former England, Newcastle and Barcelona manager, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Robson passed away aged 76 in 2009 after suffering from cancer and will be commemorated as part of the FA’s 150th anniversary. Robson was England manager between 1982 and 1990, taking England to the World Cup semi-final shortly before stepping down from the post, having four years earlier seen England beaten by Diego Maradona and Argentina in the quarter-finals.

The event will involve various aspects of football, including both the men’s and women’s game, disability football, refereeing and coaching, and has the backing of former England captain Alan Shearer, who played under Robson at Newcastle. “Sir Bobby sums up everything that is great about English football,” Shearer said.

From elite success – guiding England in their best World Cup showing on foreign soil and top club honours in England, Spain, Portugal and Holland – to his love for the grassroots game and natural affinity with the fan in the street.

On a national and international level, his contribution to football cannot be underestimated.

Robson began his managerial career in 1968 with Fulham having also played for the Cottagers. He took a post at Ipswich Town a year later, remaining at Portman Road until the England became available 13 years later.

Following his stint with the national team, Robson travailed Europe, taking in Holland with PSV Eindhoven, Portugal with Sporting Lisbon and Porto, and Spain with Barcelona, before a second spell at PSV gave way to a return to English football at home-town club Newcastle.

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