Stand bid attracts 2,000 names

A BID to have Ipswich Town's North Stand renamed in Sir Bobby Robson's honour has been backed by more than 2,000 supporters, it emerged today. Blues die-hard Andy Feasey came up with the idea to mark the achievements of the club's legendary former boss in turning Town into one of the premier sides in Europe in the 70s and 80s.

A BID to have Ipswich Town's North Stand renamed in Sir Bobby Robson's honour has been backed by more than 2,000 supporters, it emerged today.

Blues die-hard Andy Feasey came up with the idea to mark the achievements of the club's legendary former boss in turning Town into one of the premier sides in Europe in the 70s and 80s.

Mr Feasey created an online petition - www.ipetitions.com/petition/sir_bobby_robson - which has been signed by 2,051 people.

And dozens more fans have added their weight to the campaign by completing petition slips printed inside The Evening Star.


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Today, club bosses confirmed the idea was being given careful consideration, although any decision is not expected to be made imminently.

The club acknowledged his huge contribution to Ipswich Town when the Galleria Restaurant in the Greene King Stand was renamed in his honour earlier this year, while a statue of Sir Bobby was unveiled in 2003.

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The North Stand is the only part of Portman Road which could be renamed, with the Britannia and Greene King stands named as part of commercial deals, and the Cobbold Stand named after the family of the same name which has been associated with the club since its inception in 1878.

The North Stand is also considered by many as the home of Town's most loyal followers.

Sir Bobby was arguably Ipswich's greatest ever manager, winning the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup, as well as firmly establishing Town as a force at home and abroad.

Do you support the campaign? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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