Relaunch of Sir Bobby’s old club

Sir Bobby Robson

Sir Bobby Robson

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LADY Elsie Robson is presiding over the officially reopening of the junior football club where her famous late husband learned his trade.

Former Newcastle United and England manager Sir Bobby Robson played for Langley Park's Juniors from the age of 11 before his professional career took him away to Fulham at 17.

The club closed around 20 years ago but tomorrow (Saturday, July 12) the club is being resurrected and named Langley Park Hotspurs FC.

The football legend’s widow is reopening the club at Langley Park Sports and Social Club at 6.30pm, which will be followed by a celebratory disco.

Club chairman Anthony Johnson said: “We are privileged to have been given one of the best facilities around in Langley Park Sports and Social Club which is the same venue which Sir Bobby's junior team played from in the 1940's.

“The Hotspurs were the Langley Park senior team at the time that he would have gone on to play for had he not progressed to where he did.

“The facility is now privately owned and has recently been revamped by the current local owners and is now the hub of the village.”

During the day, the club is hosting a football tournament for under 10s, 12,s and 13s starting at 9.30am until 5.30pm.

There will be a bouncy castle, a beat the keeper challenge, tombola, face painting and lots of other attractions.

The club is run on a voluntary basis and lots of parents have rallied together over recent weeks by doing lots of fundraising events such as sponsored cycle rides.

There have also been massive contributions from local businesses who have come together to help fund kits and equipment.

Mr Johnson said: “A wonderful bunch of parents and I have worked extremely hard to make this happen.

“We have also invited the Hotspurs players of the 50's and 60's that are available to come along for the day where we will have lots of memorabilia on display of them in their playing days.

“We are very proud and grateful to give our kids such a great, fun and safe environment to enjoy their early years in football while also providing a breath of fresh air in bringing back the community spirit into the village.”

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