SIR BOBBY ROBSON - A KNIGHT TO REMEMBER
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Featuring Blaydon Races, performed in Sir Bobby's honour by Auf Wiedersehen Pet stars Jimmy Nail, Tim Healy and Kevin Whately.
In aid of The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
Introduced by Alan Shearer.
Sir Bobby Robson was a national and international hero whose roots were firmly planted in the coalfields of North East England. His success was based upon his ability to communicate his passion and enthusiasm to those around him. In what became Sir Bobby's final filmed interview he looked back on his childhood in County Durham, his love of music and his phenomenal sporting achievements. He also talked about his final great project, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
Everyone who knew Sir Bobby has a fond memory and a funny story. On this celebratory DVD we have collected some of the best of them from his sons, Mark, Andrew and Paul, Alan Shearer, Paul Gascoigne Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Alex Ferguson, Jack Charlton, Malcolm Macdonald, Gary Lineker, Shay Given, Freddy Shepherd, Brendan Foster, Bobby Moncur, Steve Cram, Desmond Lynam, Ant and Dec, Brendan Healy, Billy Mitchell, John Gibson, Bobby Pattinson, Tim Healy, Jimmy Nail and Kevin Whately.
Robson DVD boosts foundation funds. Sir Bobby Robson would have been "astounded" and "truly honoured" by a film of his life story, one of his sons has said.A DVD entitled A Knight To Remember has been produced to raise cash for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which funds research into the early detection of cancer.It features tributes from a host of stars, including Paul Gascoigne, Ant and Dec, Sir Bobby Charlton, Gary Lineker, Des Lynam, as well as interviews with Sir Bobby in his last months.
He died in July at home in County Durham aged 76 after battling cancer five times.The film was launched at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle and moved many in the audience to tears as Sir Bobby spoke bravely about his battle with the disease, the loves of his life and his triumphs and failures as a football manager.It also raised many laughs, particularly when Gascoigne and Sir Bobby fondly reminisced in separate interviews about the Italia 90 World Cup. Gazza laughed as he recalled driving the England boss to distraction by undermining Robson's careful preparations ahead of the quarter-finals against Cameroon. And the tireless former midfielder told how he was caught playing tennis at 11pm before the semi-finals because he was too excited to sleep.Sir Bobby was famed for forgetting footballers' names, but in the DVD Alan Shearer questions whether this was a ruse to raise a laugh or trick people into thinking he was off-the-pace.
After the screening, Sir Bobby's son Andrew said: "I think he would have been astounded. He would really have enjoyed the footage, it covered many aspects of his life. I think he would have been truly honoured."Shearer, a patron of the foundation which has now raised more than £2 million, said: "We are all absolutely delighted with the way it has all come off. Probably more importantly, Sir Bobby would have been delighted."
Sir Bobby's widow, Lady Elsie, said: "He would have loved it. He would have been proud and chuffed."
Yorkshire Evening Post 12/11/09 Copyright © 2009 The Press Association. All rights reserved.