Newcastle United unveil statue of Sir Bobby Robson – Video

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Sir Bobby Robson has been immortalised by Newcastle United, after the club unveiled their statue ahead of their game against Manchester City.

The unveiling was performed by his widow Lady Elsie and standing at nine-and-a-half feet tall, the bronze sculpture pays tribute to the former Newcastle United and England manager, who spent five years in charge at United between 1999 and 2004.

The statue of Sir Bobby Robson outside St James' Park.

The statue of Sir Bobby Robson outside St James' Park.

During his spell at the Club, Robson twice led Newcastle into the Champions League and cemented three consecutive top-five finishes in the Premier League, as well as guiding the Magpies to the semi-final of the UEFA Cup during the 2003/04 season.

Former players who played under Sir Bobby, including Paul Gascoigne and Nikos Dabizas were there, as well as current Newcastle manager Alan Pardew and former players like Lee Clark, Peter Bearsley and Bobby Moncur.

Lady Elsie Robson and her family were also in attendance, together with representatives from the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the sculptor, Tom Maley.

Lady Elsie Robson said: “It’s very fitting that there will be a tribute to Bob outside Newcastle United’s ground. This is where his love of football began.

“As a boy he’d come here with his dad and he likely queued to get into the ground where the statue will be sited.

“My husband’s career took him all over the world but he was always a Newcastle fan at heart. He loved this Club and was very proud to be its manager.”

NewsGuardianTV was there to take in the ceremony and spoke to Lee Clark and Niall Quinn about Sir Bobby. To hear their thoughts, click on the video above...