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Giacomo Malverm: Italia '90 reunion came about by chance

A chance click of the mouse gave Giacomo Malvermi the opportunity to see Sir Bobby Robson one more time before cancer claimed one of the North East’s most famous sons

England manager Bobby Robson on the bench during the World Cup semi-final against Germany at the Stadio Delle Alpi in Turin, Italy

A chance click of the mouse gave Giacomo Malvermi the opportunity to see Sir Bobby Robson one more time before cancer claimed one of the North East’s most famous sons.

Mr Malvermi was surfing the internet when, by chance, he came upon the website of the Foundation and made contact with their tireless PR manager Liz Luff. It kick-started a process that saw him head to St James’ Park for the Sir Bobby Robson Trophy – the fund-raising match which recreated the 1990 semi-final.

“The Foundation is just wonderful and that day was so special,” he said. “I was just on the internet looking at a few things and found the site. I’m so glad I did and it is such a fitting testament to the man that his good work goes on.”

To his surprise, the players still recognised him that day. Having not had the chance to say goodbye to some in the melee after the tournament, it was a nice chance for “closure” of a fantastic chapter in his life.

He even managed to make his own contribution to the Foundation, auctioning off Mark Wright’s match-worn jersey from the Cameroon game. “It was funny because Mark came to me because it was his wife’s birthday and he wanted to get out of the team hotel to take her out,” he said.

“I wasn’t sure but we eventually managed to find a way. I stayed up until dawn to make sure he didn’t get spotted coming back into the hotel and when he did come through the door I told him, ‘You owe me big time.’ He said I could have anything so I told him I wanted his shirt from the next game.

“He gave it to me, blood stains and everything. Unfortunately it got put in the wash! But I brought it that day and Jim Rosenthal, who is a massive Oxford fan, paid �300 which went to the Foundation.”

The DVD of the Foundation’s spectacular night of comedy, music and dance ‘Another Knight to Remember’ is out now. It is available in Windows in Newcastle, Metrocentre and Darlington priced �16.99. It is also available in T&G Alan, Morpeth, That’s Entertainment in Newcastle and the Metrocentre and Gojo in Hexham. For more information go to www.sirbobbyrobsonfoundation.org.uk.

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