Ipswich Town, of course, have had a statue of Sir Bobby outside their ground for many years – a much younger Sir Bobby it has to be said. I’ve had my photo taken standing beside that one, and will be completing the set when United’s new statue is in place!
The club’s managing director Derek Llambias told the club’s official website:
“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.”
Older fans will no doubt question why there is no equivalent statue of Joe Harvey, who won the FA Cup as a player and was also the last manager to bring home significant silverware in the shape of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. I admit to having a degree of sympathy with that view, and perhaps it’s something the club could additionally consider.
In the meantime, it will be great to see Sir Bobby honoured in this way – and no doubt there will be many fans, with special memories of the great man, who will be delighted to see the new statue unveiled.