Newcastle United to unveil Sir Bobby Robson statue

Sir Bobby Robson.
Sir Bobby Robson.

A STATUE of former Newcastle United manager Sir Bobby Robson is to be unveiled before the Magpies’ final home game of the season.

Newcastle United have commissioned the nine-and-a-half-feet bronze sculpture, which will stand at the south west corner of the club’s stadium.

It will be unveiled at 10.30am on Sunday, May 6, ahead of the Premier League clash against Manchester City.

Former players and staff who played under and worked alongside Sir Bobby will be in attendance, as well as current manager Alan Pardew and his backroom team.

Also present among the guests will be Lady Elsie Robson and her family, together with representatives from the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the Morpeth-based sculptor Tom Maley.

The former Newcastle United and England manager, who spent five years in charge at United between 1999 and 2004, twice led the club into the Champions League and cemented three consecutive top-five finishes in the Barclays Premier League.

He also guided the Magpies to the semi-final of the UEFA Cup during the 2003/04 season and oversaw some of the most memorable nights in the club’s modern history against European giants Juventus, Inter Milan and Feyenoord.

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.”

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.”