Support floods in for Sir Bobby

A DELUGE of goodwill messages were today sent from Blues fans willing Sir Bobby Robson to overcome his latest battle with cancer.Their support comes after it emerged the former Ipswich manager is fighting inoperable cancer, an illness he has overcome on four previous occasions.

A DELUGE of get well messages today flooded in from Blues fans willing Sir Bobby Robson to overcome his latest battle with cancer.

Their support comes after it emerged the former Ipswich manager is fighting an inoperable cancer, an illness he has overcome on four previous occasions.

The 74-year-old, who led Ipswich to glory in both the FA and UEFA cups, is set to under go a six-week bout of chemotherapy after doctors discovered small cancer nodules in his lungs.

The news was met with shock from Town supporters, who have always had the greatest affection for the former England boss and elder statesman of the British game.


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Phil Ham, Evening Star columnist and editor of the Those Were The Days fanzine, spoke for all Blues' followers when he said: “Sir Bobby is a great hero and we all wish him a speedy recovery.

“He has shown an incredible resilience in the past and hopefully he will again.

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“People throughout the world respect Sir Bobby and in England he is seen as a legendary figure.

“Everyone will be hoping he gets better.”

After Ipswich's 3-1 victory over Cardiff at Portman Road, Town fan Bronwen Lawrence, from Halstead in Essex, said: “Get well soon, Bobby.

“He did everything he could for the Town. We all hope he will be better soon.”

Jo Rackham, from Bury St Edmunds, added: “I hope he makes a full recovery. Everyone in Ipswich wishes him well.

“Sir Bobby is well-loved and respected at the club.”

Craig Scott, of Stowmarket, said: “Bobby has done so much for this club and for football in general.

“Every Ipswich fan will be praying for him.”

David Jones, of Landseer Road, Ipswich, described Sir Bobby as a “true blue” and said: “Ipswich is his spiritual home and the town is right behind him.”

Sir Bobby, who is Ipswich Town president, was taken ill during Ipswich's home game against Crystal Palace last August. He was subsequently treated in hospital for a tumour on his face.

And in May last year surgeons removed another cancerous tumour from one of his lungs.

Undeterred by his latest illness, Sir Bobby attended Saturday's Newcastle game with Blackburn at St James' Park.

Speaking yesterday to a national newspaper, Sir Bobby, who managed Ipswich between 1969 and 1982, said: “Of course, it's not the greatest news I've ever had but I have fought hard throughout my life and I will continue to fight,” he said. “I will battle as I have always done.

“I've been advised to keep busy and active, and that's what I will be trying to do whenever possible.”

If you would like to send Sir Bobby a get-well message write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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