Sir Bobby to get special sporting honour

LEGENDARY Ipswich Town manager Sir Bobby Robson is to be given one of the most prestigious accolades in British sport, The Evening Star can reveal today.

LEGENDARY Ipswich Town manager Sir Bobby Robson is to be given one of the most prestigious accolades in British sport, The Evening Star can reveal today.

It is understood the 74-year-old former England manager will be honoured for his lifetime contribution to football at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards next month.

Although the main award is likely to go to either boxers Joe Calzaghe and Ricky Hatton, athlete Paula Radcliffe, or racing driver Lewis Hamilton, the man who took Ipswich to FA and UEFA cup triumphs will get a special accolade.

It will be presented in front of a primetime television audience of millions and luminaries from the world of British sport on December 9.


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Born Robert William Robson in the County Durham coal mining village of Sacriston on February 18, 1933, Sir Bobby has become the father-figure of British football.

Among the many highlights of his career was taking England to the 1990 World Cup semi-finals in Italy, only to be denied by Germany in a heartbreaking penalty shoot-out.

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Sir Bobby's latest award will ensure his name goes down among a pantheon of sporting greats given special awards by the BBC, including Muhammad Ali, Sir Ian Botham, George Best and Pele.

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