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Donations in memory of Sir Bobby

Foundation spokeswoman Liz Luff said Sir Bobby was held in high esteem

Donations have been pouring in to a fund set up by Sir Bobby Robson to fight cancer.

Over the weekend, fans at matches paid tribute to the County Durham-born footballing legend, who died on Friday after a long battle with the disease.

The tributes included a shrine at Newcastle's St James' Park, which Sir Bobby's family visited on Sunday.

A page on the Just Giving website has been flooded with donations and had reached £1.6m on Monday morning.

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation was set up by the former England manager in March 2008 to raise money to fund clinical trials of new drugs and treatments to beat cancer.

Books of condolence

Professor Ruth Plummer, from the foundation, said: "There have been pages of donations even from early Friday morning looking at the website.

"People have been incredibly generous yet again, this time in memory of Sir Bobby."

Sir Bobby Robson tributes
Thousands of tributes have been left at St James' Park

On Monday, books of condolence were opened at customer service centres around Newcastle. People can also sign a book at the Town Hall, in Durham, while another at Fulham's Craven Cottage ground has been open over the weekend.

Newcastle United said tens of thousands of people had visited St James' Park since Friday, leaving flowers, scarves, banners and shirts.

The Sir John Hall Stand at the ground will be open from 0900 to 1700 BST each day this week for people to continue to pay their tributes.

Minute's applause

There were also tributes at Ipswich's Portman Road ground, where he had a successful 13-year spell as manager.

Sir Bobby was remembered before pre-season matches over the weekend, including a minute's applause at Newcastle's match at Dundee United and Ipswich's game with Real Valladolid on Friday night.

Sir Bobby was England manager from 1982 to 1990, when he led the team to the World Cup semi-finals.

During a lengthy career in club management either side of time as England boss he had spells at Fulham, Ipswich, PSV Eindhoven, Sporting Lisbon, Porto, Barcelona and Newcastle.



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