Sir Bobby tells Star of improving health

JUST look at him now.Today, The Evening Star once again salutes the amazing bravery and determination of Ipswich Town legend Sir Bobby Robson after he was caught looking the picture of health.

JUST look at him now.

Today, The Evening Star once again salutes the amazing bravery and determination of Ipswich Town legend Sir Bobby Robson after he was caught looking the picture of health.

It comes as he reveals to The Evening Star how he found watching Ipswich therapeutic following his health scare earlier this year.

Sir Bobby was among the thousands supporting the Blues as they beat Norwich City on Sunday and his huge smile, captured by Star photographer Owen Hines, was yet another reason for Town fans to be happy.


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Speaking to the Star, the former Ipswich and England manager has revealed how he felt among friends at Portman Road and said: “I loved every minute of it.”

Just a little over three months ago, the 73-year-old's health was under serious threat. He was taken ill while watching Town's opening game of the season against Crystal Palace and had surgery to remove a brain tumour.

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Afterwards, he was spotted looking frail, walking with a limp and he said the tumour caused an affliction to the left side of his face.

His fans feared the worse. Despite already having survived three cancer fights in recent years, there were worries that his busy involvement in the world of football was taking its toll.

Today, he told the Star: “I'm very pleased I went to the game and this time I survived the whole game.

“I decided to make the journey from the north and I enjoyed it very much.

“It was therapeutic to be back in the Ipswich Town scene again, to see my friends and contacts and to be back at the club.”

After Sunday's game, Robson, who led Ipswich to FA and UEFA Cup victories and steered England to a World Cup semi-final, was applauded by the crowd as he left the ground with his wife Elsie.

He has also now made a return to the Republic of Ireland fold as an advisor.

He said: “I'm a lot better now. I had problems after surgery with slight paralysis of my left arm and leg

“Every day is a better day for me. I'm doing physiotherapy every day and trying to get back to 100per cent.

“It was a nice day for me. I enjoyed the result and thought we were the better team and deserved the win. Anything else but a win wouldn't have been justice.

“I enjoy football so much I'd go anywhere, any time.

“I was very happy to get back and I loved every minute of it.”

n Do you have a message of support for Sir Bobby? What are your favourite memories of the Ipswich legend? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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Sir Bobby took charge at Portman Road in 1969 and took the Blues to 1978 FA Cup and 1981 UEFA Cup victories before becoming the England boss in 1982. A statue of him now stands in Portman Road.

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