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Robson statue unveiling could be delayed

PUBLISHED: 14:12 04 February 2002 | UPDATED: 15:25 03 March 2010

BOBBY Robson's statue in Portman Road will not be unveiled until the world knows whether he has been knighted in the Jubilee Honours list, The Evening Star can reveal today.

BOBBY Robson's statue in Portman Road will not be unveiled until the world knows whether he has been knighted in the Jubilee Honours list, The Evening Star can reveal today.

The Newcastle boss is due to unveil the statue, which will go outside the Greene King stand, in early July.

And the plinth will be the last part to be completed – so it can include his title if he gets a knighthood.

"Space has been left for a title to be included," said Ipswich council chief executive James Hehir.

"That's certainly something everyone in the town would back and we hope his achievements in soccer will have been recognised by the time the statue is unveiled in July."

The statue was originally planned to be unveiled in early June – but it was decided to postpone the ceremony to give sculptor Sean Hedges Quinn the chance to include the full title on the plinth.

The campaign to get a knighthood for the Town legend – who followed his success at Portman Road with taking England to the World Cup semi-final in 1990 – has attracted high-profile backing within the footballing world.

nDo you think Bobby Robson deserves a knighthood? Let us know your views. Write to: Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@ecng.co.uk.

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