Football stars have thrown their weight behind the Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day, which takes place next month.
The Football Association has declared that Saturday, August 10 will be a national Sir Bobby Robson Day created for the 150th anniversary of the Football Association.
As many as 150 events will take place nationwide as part of the celebrations, showcasing the FA’s work at a grassroots level and giving people the opportunity to get involved with the popular sport.
Former Newcastle United player Rob Lee said: “Anything in honour of Sir Bobby Robson has to be a very good thing as he is a legend in the North East and an icon in England. His legacy will go on for a long, long time.
“Everyone knows him as a Geordie and he was a very, very proud Geordie, but he was known worldwide and he was liked by all those who knew him.
“There is no-one who didn’t like Sir Bobby and no-one has ever had a bad word to say about him.
“The Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day is a fitting tribute to a great man.”
Joe Allon, a former striker for Newcastle United, added: “Sir Bobby was a gentleman who flew the flag for the North East and England.
“It is a very fitting tribute to a football icon who was not only a fantastic manager but also a great player too.”
A highlight of the day will be at the Sir Bobby Robson Football Centre in Ushaw Moor, County Durham, near to where the former Newcastle United and England manager played as a youngster.
The event will be attended by Lady Elsie Robson and will involve various activities, including a children’s football tournament, coaching clinic and skills sessions.
The FA will also make a donation on the day to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, the charity he established during the last 18 months of his life to fight cancer.
Lady Robson, Sir Bobby’s widow, said: “I’m sure Bob would have been thrilled having a National Football Day named in his honour. He was always so incredibly passionate about football. He just loved it, whatever level it was being played at.”
Events will provide a focus on every aspect of the game, including women’s football, disability football, refereeing and coaching.
Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer, patron of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, said: “Sir Bobby sums up everything that is great about English football, from elite success – guiding England in their best World Cup showing on foreign soil and top club honours in England, Spain, Portugal and Holland – to his love for the grassroots game and natural affinity with the fan in the street.
“On a national and international level, his contribution to football cannot be underestimated.”