FORMER Newcastle United skipper Alan Shearer is to present a prestigious award in memory of Sir Bobby Robson, the man he credits with “saving my career.”
Shearer, who played under Robson for five years at St James’ Park, will recognise the work of his ex-manager’s charity at the North East Football Writers’ Association annual dinner on Sunday, November 29 at the Ramside Hall Hotel in County Durham.
Shearer was recently named a patron of The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which has now raised more than £2m for anti-cancer projects under the banner of the NHS. And, alongside Steve Bruce, the Sunderland manager, Newcastle’s record goalscorer will hand over the John Fotheringham award – which recognises services to North East football – to the Foundation.
“I’ve got a lot to be grateful to Sir Bobby for,” Shearer said. “There isn’t one single highlight of playing under him because it was all so enormous: he came into Newcastle, saved the club and basically saved my career, too.
“The way he dealt with players is something that will always stay with me. He knew exactly how to get the best out of them. He was just an unbelievable man. I can’t begin to tell you what a great honour it was to be asked by Lady Elsie to become a patron of the Foundation.
“I know I’ll never fill his boots because that would be impossible, but I’ll certainly do my bit to ensure that we continue to raise as much money as possible and I’m delighted to be presenting the award at the FWA dinner.”
Other highlights of the evening will see Danny Collins, the former Sunderland defender, who is now at Stoke City, being presented with the North East Player of the Year Award. Middlesbrough’s Adam Johnson has been named the region’s Young Player of the Year.
Tickets for the dinner, which include a five-course meal and a speech by Kevin Connelly, the impressionist comedian, can be bought by ringing Sam Lee on 01429 265859.
Donations to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation can be made at http://www.sirbobbyrobsonfoundation.org.uk