A Great Shame. Sir Bobby Dies.

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Sir Bobby Robson loses cancer fight

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Former England manager Sir Bobby Robson has died.
Sir Bobby, 76, passed away at his home, a statement issued on behalf of his family said.
It said: "It is with great sadness that it has been announced today (Friday) that Sir Bobby Robson has lost his long and courageous battle with cancer."
The statement added: "He died very peacefully this morning at his home in County Durham with his wife and family beside him.
"Sir Bobby's funeral will be private and for family members only. A thanksgiving service in celebration of Sir Bobby's life will be held at a later date for his many friends and colleagues. Lady Robson and the family would very much appreciate it if their privacy could be respected at this difficult time."
Just five days ago thousands of football fans crowded into Newcastle United's St James' Park to pay tribute to Sir Bobby and raise funds for his cancer charity.
The friendly game featured an England side including Alan Shearer and several members of the 1990 World Cup squad. including Paul Gascoigne. They beat a Germany team 3-2.
One of Sir Bobby's most memorable games as England boss was the 1990 World Cup semi-final when England lost on penalties to Germany in Italy.
Before the kick-off of Sunday's game a guard of honour gave fans and players a chance to show their appreciation of Sir Bobby, who shook the hand of every player.
Proceeds from the match went towards The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, launched in March 2008. The foundation has raised more than £1.3 million to fight cancer.
 

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indeed it is. I shed a sigh when I heard it on the radio earlier. I said to my family after seeing him at the game on Sunday that he looked so poorly it would be suprising if he saw the week out. I suspect he'd just been hanging on for the game, which truly is a measure of the man.
How poignant that at his tribute game 33000 geordies turned out for him, then just a few days later only 16000 turned out for a huge pre-season frilendly against Leeds.
I hope the club sale is sorted this week, so he can rest easy.

Thanks, Sir Bobby.
 

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A true gentleman. RIP
 

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