Permission sought for Sir Bobby stand

A FORMAL application has been submitted by bosses at Portman Road to install Sir Bobby Robson's name across the back of the North Stand, it emerged today.

A FORMAL application has been submitted by bosses at Portman Road to install Sir Bobby Robson's name across the back of the North Stand, it emerged today.

Marcus Evans and the board agreed to re-christen the stand in honour of the former Town boss after fans lobbied the club in the wake of the Geordie's death last month.

An application for “non-illuminated vinyl signage” along with an image of Sir Bobby above the club shop has now been submitted to Ipswich Borough Council.

The text will run across the glass which spans the length of the stand.

The application also includes the installation of two Marcus Evans Group steel logos on the east and west elevation of the North Stand.

The bid is expected to be rubber-stamped in time for the planned unveiling of the new name prior to Town's Championship clash with Newcastle United - a club Sir Bobby also managed - on September 26.

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It is hoped this will happen in front of Sir Bobby's wife, Lady Elsie, who will be in attendance at what will be an emotionally charged game.

Following the death of Sir Bobby on July 31, fans called for the stand to be re-named in his memory although club bosses had been cautious to abide by his wishes not to name it after him immediately after his death.