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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/foo...icle5774695.ece

 

Sir Bobby Robson has made an inspiring, heartfelt and funny speech at the launch of a £500,000 research centre named after him.

 

Fabio Capello, the England coach, joined him at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle to hand over the FA's donation of £75,000 to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which has already raised £1.2 million.

 

The 76-year-old was diagnosed with the disease for a fifth time a year ago and he has dedicated much of his time since to his fundraising efforts. He raised £500,000 to equip a specialist trials centre in just seven weeks.

 

Robson was not expected to speak at the launch, but made a 15-minute speech about his battle, the inspiration he has been given from meeting fellow patients and his pride in seeing one of the leading cancer centres in Europe open.

 

He even managed to joke about his ongoing fight since he was diagnosed last March, saying: “I have had longer than a Football League manager.”

 

Robson said Capello's presence made this “a perfect day” and joked to the Italian that if he wanted to see Newcastle, "I can get you a ticket.”

 

In return, Capello said he remembered the times when they had been on opposing sides at different clubs across Europe. “But now we are here together to fight against cancer,” he said.

 

Alan Shearer and Peter Beardsley, both former Newcastle players, were there to see Robson blow out candles on his cake two days after he turned 76.

 

“He set out to raise half a million pounds and did that after seven weeks," Shearer said. "They have gone on to raise £1.2 million, which is incredible, and he will continue working and continue generating success for the hospital.”

 

Beardsley said he was not surprised at his former manager’s moving and inspiring speech. “The man is unbelievable. He knows the right words for the right occasion. He makes you feel ten feet tall and when you hear him speak you don’t want him to stop. The man has an aura about him.”

 

Robson lightened the mood by looking to his former players and saying: “I said I wasn’t going to make a speech, and this is like Alan (Shearer) would say, one of my lengthy team-talks.” Then, to warm laughter, he added: “But we won.”

 

Robson, accompanied by his wife Lady Elsie, vowed to carry on fundraising, adding: “You have been absolutely magnificent with all your donations. We can raise a bit more, can't we?”

 

The Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre, within the Northern Centre for Care, will develop new treatments and bring together research staff in one unit, and carry out trials of drugs.

 

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There are not many people in the world who you can say absolutely nothing bad about.

 

He is one of the few

 

Well,.............he writes for the Mail on Sunday. :-)

 

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And he's a shit manager.

 

Well done, you've managed to demonstrate your lack of football knowledge and basic human decency in one short sentence.

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I have to honestly say having hated football all my life and never seen a live league game let alone watched on on TV I have only heard is name but havn't a clue who he is

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I have to honestly say having hated football all my life and never seen a live league game let alone watched on on TV I have only heard is name but havn't a clue who he is

 

 

I can honestly say having hated reality TV since it's conception and never watched it live or recorded, I can't get away from that chav Jade fucking Goody. The fact that you

can't even glimpse at a newspaper headline or turn on the news for seeing her, and yet Sir Bobby Robson ( who has raised thousands for research for the disease ) goes largely

unreported as he's not 'celeb' enough. I knew he'd had cancer, but was unaware it had returned til I read this link - which is pretty sad.

 

But hey, let's all concentrate on the person who became famous for being a clueless chav who shows up modern britain for the race of imbeciles it is.

Never mind the nice man who had a good career, managed the national team, knighted, and is a really nice bloke.

 

Now that really is fucked up.

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I have to honestly say having hated football all my life and never seen a live league game let alone watched on on TV I have only heard is name but havn't a clue who he is

 

 

I can honestly say having hated reality TV since it's conception and never watched it live or recorded, I can't get away from that chav Jade fucking Goody. The fact that you

can't even glimpse at a newspaper headline or turn on the news for seeing her, and yet Sir Bobby Robson ( who has raised thousands for research for the disease ) goes largely

unreported as he's not 'celeb' enough. I knew he'd had cancer, but was unaware it had returned til I read this link - which is pretty sad.

 

But hey, let's all concentrate on the person who became famous for being a clueless chav who shows up modern britain for the race of imbeciles it is.

Never mind the nice man who had a good career, managed the national team, knighted, and is a really nice bloke.

 

Now that really is fucked up.

I certainly agree with you about Sir Bobby, great man indeed, and I also agree with you about reality TV but to slag Jade Goody is a bit off, she is a product of people with a nose for making money and she herself made a fair bit and why not, the public today follow the celebs with fervour, gods knows why but there you go and she has gone along with the gravy train, and dont forget she is only in her twenties with 2 young children, so if she can get more money out of the media for the security of her kids then good luck to her.

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I have to honestly say having hated football all my life and never seen a live league game let alone watched on on TV I have only heard is name but havn't a clue who he is

 

 

I can honestly say having hated reality TV since it's conception and never watched it live or recorded, I can't get away from that chav Jade fucking Goody. The fact that you

can't even glimpse at a newspaper headline or turn on the news for seeing her, and yet Sir Bobby Robson ( who has raised thousands for research for the disease ) goes largely

unreported as he's not 'celeb' enough. I knew he'd had cancer, but was unaware it had returned til I read this link - which is pretty sad.

 

But hey, let's all concentrate on the person who became famous for being a clueless chav who shows up modern britain for the race of imbeciles it is.

Never mind the nice man who had a good career, managed the national team, knighted, and is a really nice bloke.

 

Now that really is fucked up.

I certainly agree with you about Sir Bobby, great man indeed, and I also agree with you about reality TV but to slag Jade Goody is a bit off, she is a product of people with a nose for making money and she herself made a fair bit and why not, the public today follow the celebs with fervour, gods knows why but there you go and she has gone along with the gravy train, and dont forget she is only in her twenties with 2 young children, so if she can get more money out of the media for the security of her kids then good luck to her.

 

It's commendable that she's trying to secure the best education for her kids ( something she must never have had herself ), but it's not like they're going to be left to fend for themsleves is it? Their father will be there even if the vermin looking bloke she's going to marry today will be gone in a flash with as much cash he can carry in his hoody pocket.

 

Lots of women die every year from cervical Cancer. Yes, her case has highlighted this and I believe that smear tests have increased by something like 20% due to this publicity. Which is a positive.

But women who are dieing of it don't get on the telephone to Max Clifford asking for interview deals to secure money for their kids do they?

 

I'm not arguing, just want to put my view across. Nothing against you bluenose - I'm a Toffee myself.

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