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Sir Bobby remembered one year on since his death

  • 31 July 2010
  • From the section England
Stan Valckx presenting United manager Chris Hughton with Valckx's shirt
The shirt was presented prior to kick-off in a friendly match between Newcastle and PSV Eindhoven

A ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the death of Sir Bobby Robson has taken place in Newcastle.

The legend was remembered before two of his former clubs PSV Eindhoven and Newcastle United played in a pre-season friendly at St James's Park.

Stan Valckx, captain of PSV during Sir Bobby's time at the club in the 1990s, presented current United manager Chris Hughton with Valckx's shirt.

Sir Bobby, born in County Durham, died aged 76 on 31 July 2009.

A one-minute applause was observed by the crowd after the presentation of the shirt, which happened prior to kick-off.

Cancer treatment

Robson, who grew up at Langley Park near Durham, was first diagnosed with cancer in 1991.

Robson, who took Ipswich Town Football Club to FA Cup victory in 1978, beat bowel cancer in 1992, a malignant melanoma in 1995 and a tumour in his right lung and a brain tumour, both in 2006.

In 2007 he vowed to "battle as I've always done" following the start of chemotherapy treatment after being diagnosed with cancer for the fifth time.

He set up his cancer charity, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, in 2008 to raise funds for a trial and research centre at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital.

More than £2.4m has been raised since it was launched - more than £1m of that was raised or donated since his death.

Sir Bobby managed England from 1982 to 1990, taking the national side to the quarter-finals of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico and reaching the semi-finals four years later.

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