Newcastle to unveil Sir Bobby Robson statue
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Newcastle United have announced that they will reveal a statue of former manager Sir Bobby Robson before the final home game of the season.
A ceremony will take place at 10:30am on Sunday May 6 unveiling the bronze sculpture of Sir Bobby which will stand at nine-and-a-half feet tall outside the Sports Direct Arena.
The statue was commissioned by the club last autumn and pays tribute to the former England manager who died in 2009 after a battle with lung cancer.
Derek Llambias, managing director at Newcastle United, said: "We're delighted to be able to honour Sir Bobby Robson with this lasting tribute. He was a great man and ambassador for this football club and for the city.
"He achieved great success during his time as manager of Newcastle United and this statue is a fitting way for the club to remember him."
The ceremony will be attended by former players and staff who worked under Sir Bobby and current manager Alan Pardew and his team of backroom staff.
Also present among the guests will be Sir Bobby's widow, Lady Elsie Robson, representatives from the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the sculptor, Tom Maley.
Lady Elsie Robson added: "It's very fitting that there will be a tribute to Bob outside Newcastle United's ground. This is where his love of football began.
"As a boy he'd come here with his dad and he likely queued to get into the ground where the statue will be sited.
"My husband's career took him all over the world but he was always a Newcastle fan at heart. He loved this club and was very proud to be its manager.
"I think the statue design is wonderful and I'm very grateful to Newcastle United for funding it."
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