Football - FA name National Football Day after Robson

The late Sir Bobby Robson will be honoured with a special edition of the FA’s National Football Day named after the former England manager later this year.

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FOOTBALL 2002 Bobby Robson with his wife Elsie collecting his knighthood

Robson lost a lengthy battle against cancer in 2009, aged 76. His 60-year career in the sport made him a highly-respected figure across the nation, and internationally. This included a spell in charge of England’s national squad, during which he led them to the 1990 World Cup semi-finals in Italy.

Former clubs Newcastle and Ipswich Town have built statues in his likeness outside their respective home stadiums, and the governing body are set to follow suit in paying tribute.

‘Sir Bobby Robson Day’ will take place on August 10, 2013. It will coincide with the start of the new football season and come approximately four years on from his passing.

FA supremos have been discussing plans for the day with Robson’s widow Elsie, and plan to involve as many as 150 clubs at all levels with a theme promoting grass-roots football.

The event could be similar to that held in 2010 on the day England began their World Cup campaign in South Africa against the USA.

"I'm thrilled that the FA is involving my family," Elsie said.

"Bob launched his cancer charity [the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation] in 2008 and right from the start the FA has been on hand to support us.

“He'd have loved this and I think it's very fitting as it will be a day celebrating and encouraging grassroots football.

“Bob never lost his own boyish enthusiasm for the game no matter what was happening off the field."

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