Sir Bobby Robson, Legendary English Football Star, Dies at 76
Sir Bobby Robson, the legendary English football star has died at the age of 76 after along battle with cancer.
He was a legend in the English football world, and led England to the World semi-finals at Italia in 1990, and he played wing-half at Fulham and West Brom before moving on to management of Fulham, Ipswich, PSV Eindhoven, Sporting Lisbon, Porto, Barcelona and Newcastle. He also played for the England team 20 times.
In a statement issued by his family, it said:
"It is with great sadness that it has been announced today that Sir Bobby Robson has lost his long and courageous battle with cancer.
"He died very peacefully this morning at his home in County Durham with his wife and family beside him.
"Sir Bobby's funeral will be private and for family members only.
"A thanksgiving service in celebration of Sir Bobby's life will be held at a later date for his many friends and colleagues.
"Lady Robson and the family would very much appreciate it if their privacy could be respected at this difficult time."
Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson said this about Sir Bobby:
"In my 23 years working in England there is not a person I would put an inch above Bobby Robson. I mourn the passing of a great friend, a wonderful individual, a tremendous football man and somebody with passion and knowledge of the game that was unsurpassed.
Prince Willian, who is the Football Association President said:
"I am deeply saddened to hear about Sir Bobby Robson's death.
"His contribution to English football as a player, manager and superb ambassador for our national game has been immense.
"He will be sadly missed by football fans everywhere, and I am thinking about his family at this difficult time."
Prime Minister Gordon Brown issued this statement:
"Over the past few years, he fought cancer with his characteristic tenacity and good humour.
"He will be sorely missed - not only in Newcastle and Ipswich, both of whom he served with such devotion, but by all sports fans in our country. My sincere condolences go to his wife Elsie and his family."
Sir Bobby Robson's funeral will be a private affair and will take place soon.