Football clubs unite for Sir Bobby

North East football came together today to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Current and former players and staff from Newcastle United, Middlesbrough FC and Sunderland AFC were among the golfers swinging into action at the Sir Bobby Robson Celebrity Golf Day at Rockliffe Hall Hotel, near Darlington.

Organised by Sir Bobby’s family, it is the third annual golf day in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and charity Patron and Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson was among the high-profile guests.

Other guests supporting the event included Middlesbrough’s Tony Mowbray, Jason Steele, Nicky Bailey, Dean Gordon, Jimmy Warnett and Richard Smallwood, former Sunderland players Micky Horswill, Ritchie Pitt and John MacPhail and Newcastle United’s John Carver, Steve Stone, Andy Woodman, Bob Moncur, John Beresford, Steve Howey, James Perch, Dan Gosling and Shola Ameobi.

Tony ‘The Fridge’ Phoenix-Morrison, who ran for 24 hours carrying a fridge at the weekend to raise funds for the Foundation, was also among the golfers.

The granddad from Hebburn was celebrating his 49th birthday and received a special thank you from Sir Bobby’s son Andrew.

Lady Elsie said: “This is always such a special day for my family and I because we’re so involved with organising things.

“We meet so many wonderful fund-raisers for the Foundation and it feels good to be one of them at this time of year.

“I love the way this golf day unites the north east football clubs. Bob would have been very touched by that.

“The support our charity receives from Sunderland, Newcastle and Middlesbrough particularly is wonderful and we really appreciate it.

“Especially as I know they’re each coming to the end of a long football season.”

Newcastle United’s Shola Ameobi says: “I’m very happy to support the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and especially on a lovely day like this.

“We’re playing a bit of golf but today is about raising money and hopefully some awareness of the charity.

“Sir Bobby meant the world to me.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for him, his generosity, his kindness and his leadership.

“He was a mentor to me even after he left Newcastle.

“It’s very important to me to make sure I’m involved and to do what I can to raise money for his Foundation.”