Former England manager Sir Bobby Robson dies at 76

Friday July 31, 2009

Football legend Sir Bobby Robson passed away on Friday at the age of 76, after losing a long battle with cancer.

"He died very peacefully this morning at his home in County Durham with his wife and family beside him," says a statement issued on behalf of Sir Bobby's family.

And as tributes begin to pour in, the football star has been named "an absolute gentlemen", by former England player Ray Wilkins.

"He lived his life with humility. He was a joy to be around," he adds.

Sir Bobby began playing the sport at an early age and made his debut with Fulham in 1950. But he was better known for his management skills at England, Barcelona, PC Porto and his beloved Newcastle United.

He took England's team to the 1990 World Cup semi-finals in Italy, and was the club manager for eight years.

On Sunday, the former manager was pictured making his final public appearance at a football game which included several of his 1990 England squad. They played to raise money for his own cancer charity.

After the match at St James' Park, Sir Bobby was presented with the Emerald UEFA Order of Merit award, recognising individuals who have dedicated their talents to the game.

Photo: © PA

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