Special screening of Sir Bobby Robson film at ITFC featuring Q&A with Butcher, Wark and Mills
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An exclusive preview of a new film about Sir Bobby Robson’s life and career will be shown at Ipswich Town Football Club this month.
The event will take place at Portman Road on May 25 and will raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which funds cancer research in recognition of the star’s battle with the disease.
Screenings of Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager will also be held at St James’ Park, Newcastle and Wembley Stadium and will involve a Q&A with movie directors, Gabriel Clarke and Torquil Jones, as well as former players who Sir Bobby knew.
At the Ipswich preview, people will be able to question Terry Butcher, John Wark and Mick Mills, who is also a patron of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
Sir Bobby’s widow Lady Elsie and son, Mark Robson – who both feature in the film – will attend all three preview screenings, ahead of its release on June 1.
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Mark said he couldn’t think of anywhere more appropriate to show the film than the three stadiums.
He added: “The team behind the film have shown us their absolute commitment to this project and their love of football. And they’ve involved us, both as a family and as the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, from day one.
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“They’ve worked extremely hard to find unseen footage for the film. When you see it all together it really does bring home the incredible career dad had. The challenges he faced, the triumphs, his beginning, the highs and lows and, of course, the sad ending. And so much of it, latterly, against a backdrop of his own issues with cancer.
“The filmmakers are clearly football people and they’ve shown dad the respect I think his career deserves.”
Starring an A-list cast including Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, Ronaldo, Paul Gascoigne, Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker, the film features never-before-seen archive footage, emotional testimony from Lady Elsie and is led by the intimate recollections of Sir Bobby himself.
The film also covers Sir Bobby’s fight with cancer and the formation of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation – a percentage of the film’s profits will be donated to the charity.
Sir Bobby managed Ipswich Town for 13 years.