A NEW school will be named after Sir Bobby Robson in the town where he achieved some of his finest footballing successes.

Sir Bobby, who hailed from Sacriston in County Durham, led Ipswich Town to FA Cup and Uefa Cup victories before going on to manage England, Barcelona and Newcastle United.

The Sir Bobby Robson School is due to open in Ipswich in 2020 for children with special educational needs.

Sir Bobby's son Mark said for the name to be chosen by the community was "an honour and a privilege".

He said: "I'm sure dad would be as pleased as we all are to have his name associated with such an important educational facility. Ipswich will always have a special place in the hearts of our family and it's an honour and a privilege to have a new school named after dad here."

Just this week, The Bobby Robson Foundation opened a £985,000 project which aims to reverse the North East and Cumbria’s high incidence and low survival rates of bowel cancer.