Sir Bobby Robson dies aged 76

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Sir Bobby Robson finally lost his brave battle with cancer on Friday morning at the age of 76.

He had been battling cancer for the past 18 years and set up the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation to help with the earlier detection and treatment of the disease.

Robson's final public appearance came at St James' Park last Sunday when a crowd of 33,000 turned out on Tyneside to support a charity match to raise funds for his foundation.

He attended in a wheelchair and was introduced to both teams and presented with a UEFA lifetime achievement award before kick-off.

A statement issued on behalf of his family read: "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."

Robson was one of the most respected and highly-regarded English managers of all time.

He took England to the semi-finals of the 1990 World Cup in Italy when their hopes dashed in a dramatic penalty shoot-out defeat by West Germany.

Robson started his managerial career with Fulham in 1968. He went on to manage Ipswich, PSV Eindhoven, Sporting Lisbon, FC Porto and Barcelona.

His last club job was at Newcastle United, the club he supported as a boy. The Magpies sacked him in August 2004 after failing to win any of their first four matches to start the season.

The move was considered an undignified and unworthy end to his tenure after he had revived the club, which has struggled since and was relegated last season.

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