THE Football Association has declared Thursday (July 31) Sir Bobby Robson Day to mark the fifth anniversary of his death.
The former England and Newcastle manager lost his own battle against cancer on July 31, 2009, but a year before had launched the foundation that bears his name to fund research and help sufferers. The foundation has since raised millions of pounds.
The focus of the day will be in Suffolk where Sir Bobby was the successful manager of Ipswich Town for many years.
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Working with the Suffolk FA, The FA will showcase its work at grassroots level – particularly with children – following an inaugural nationwide event last year.
It will include an FA Charter Standard clubs tournament, FA Skills session and coaching workshop in the shadow of Ipswich Town’s Portman Road home.
The FA will make a donation to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation from its FA Community Shield Fund.
Lady Elsie Robson, Sir Bobby’s widow, said: "Bob would love the idea of all these young players coming together to learn new skills and enjoy playing some football. He’d be in his element, and no doubt helping the coaches do their job too.
"It feels like a very appropriate way to remember him.
“We were so pleased last year when the first Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day was such a success.
“I’m always touched by how fondly people remember Bob and by the wonderful support his charity receives. He was so passionate about his Foundation and we’re very grateful to The FA for the way they’ve always supported our work."
FA Chairman Greg Dyke said: "Attending last year’s inaugural Sir Bobby Robson Day was one of my first acts as FA Chairman and it was inspiring to see so many youngsters enjoying the game and getting so much out of football.
"It was exactly why I took the job. Sir Bobby was all about enthusiasm and energy, pride and passion – and we should never lose sight of the simple pleasures of football.
"Sir Bobby was the perfect ambassador for English football and much loved by everyone, even those who never even had the fortune to meet him in person. I am delighted that we are able to play a small part in ensuring his outstanding contribution to sport in this country is never forgotten."