The memory of Newcastle United hero Sir Bobby Robson has been honoured with a new statue unveiled outside St. James' Park.
A towering 9ft bronze sculpture shows the former Toon manager with his hands in his suit pockets and right boot resting on a football.
Hundreds of fans flocked to the unveiling led by Sir Bobby’s family, manager Alan Pardew, Gazza and Peter Beardsley.
Morpeth artist Tom Maley worked closely with Sir Bobby’s family on the design for over a year before it was cast two-and-a-half months ago.
Sir Bobby’s eldest son Paul, said: “The statue makes him look like a man in control and that epitomised the way he managed to make other people feel ahead of a big match. It’s a very real likeness of how he looked. We knew what it would be like but just to see the cloths come off was still an emotional moment for me.”
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See also Sir Bobby Robson Memorial Garden and St James' Park - Sir Bobby Robson Remembrance.
Sir Bobby established a charitable foundation which has so far raised more than £4m for cancer research in Newcastle.
See here for more information Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.