Arise, Sir Bobby - Robson honour leaked

BOBBY Robson is to be knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours list next week – according to a north-east website.If confirmed, it will mean the success of yet another Evening Star campaign.

BOBBY Robson is to be knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours list next week – according to a north-east website.

If confirmed, it will mean the success of yet another Evening Star campaign.

Like the Star, the site talkofthetyne.com has been pushing for Newcastle United manager Robson – the former Ipswich Town and England boss – to be made a Sir.

Today the site insists Robson's name is in the Queen's big list – along with Rolling Stone Mick Jagger, who was tipped a few days ago for a knighthood.

Talkofthetyne editor Kev Fletcher said today: "I would rather not say where this has come from, but it is going to happen this weekend. This is not rumour, this is fact."

Robson, 69, masterminded Ipswich's FA Cup win in 1978 and UEFA Cup triumph in 1981. He went to take England to two World Cups, reaching the semi-finals in Italy in 1990. He has also won Portuguese, Spanish and Dutch club titles.

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When he took charge at Newcastle just over two years ago they were bottom of the Premiership – this season he has taken them into the Champions League.

The son of a County Durham coalminer, Robson played professionally for West Bromwich Albion and Fulham before becoming Ipswich boss.

Kev Fletcher added: "He is such a well-liked figure in football, it is as simple as that.

"Nobody has a bad word for the man, he is always approachable and such a nice bloke."

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