NUFC fans urged to fly the flag for Sir Bobby Robson

NEWCASTLE fans are planning to hold a day of celebrations to fly the flag for former manager Sir Bobby Robson.

Sir Bobby Robson

NEWCASTLE fans are planning to hold a day of celebrations to fly the flag for former manager Sir Bobby Robson.

The Newcastle United Supporters Club is hoping to organise a city-wide event in the run-up to United’s clash with Liverpool on December 28.

The group also wants to use the day to raise cash for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, set up earlier this year. An NUSC spokesman said: “He is one of the most recognisable and popular figures in English football history, a knight of the realm, a tireless worker for charity and an inspirational figure as a player and manager for Fulham, West Bromwich Albion, Ipswich Town, England and, of course, Newcastle United. Since 2005, the almost universal love and affection felt by the people of England for this true living legend of the game has been confirmed three times as he was awarded the freedom of Newcastle, Ipswich and Durham following on from the knighthood he received in 2002 for his outstanding services to football.”

The organisation is calling on fans to turn the city into a black and white testimony to the Newcastle legend.

Nearby pubs are also being urged to display a message that reads “Merry Christmas Sir Bobby” and there will be a flat bed truck that will travel to St James’s Park with performing musicians.

The spokesman said: “Inside the ground on Sunday we are proposing St James’s Park be turned into a sea of banners and flags with messages of support for Sir Bobby, undoubtedly one of our most popular managers and a man many fans never really got to say thank you to.”

There are also calls for an internet blog, where people can leave their personal messages and well wishes. The fans also want the club to make an on-pitch presentation to the Sir Bobby.

The spokesman said: “If we all do a little, together we can achieve a lot and show Sir Bobby Robson what he means to the people of Newcastle and England.”

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