Newcastle United have unveiled a new statue of Sir Bobby Robson ahead of today’s Premier League game against Manchester City at St James’ Park.
An emotional ceremony was attended by Toon manager Alan Pardew, Managing Director Derek Llambias, former players like Paul Gascoigne, Nikos Dabizas, Lee Clark, Peter Beardsley and Bobby Moncur.
The bronze statue was made by sculptor Tom Maley and is situated at the South-West corner of SJP.
Lady Elsie Robson said:
“My husband’s career took him all over the world but he was always a Newcastle fan at heart. He loved this Club and was very proud to be its manager.”
Sir Bobby managed Newcastle for 5 years and qualified for the Champions League twice during his time at the club.
Newcastle also reached the semi-final of the UEFA Cup during the 2003/04 under Sir Bobby’s management.
He lost his battle to cancer in July 2009 but not after setting up Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, a charity which continues to fight the deadly illness until this very day.