Son: Sir Bobby's love of the Blues

SIR Bobby Robson's son Paul today confirmed how highly his father valued his time as manager of Ipswich Town - and how much he owed the club and their supporters.

Elvin King

SIR Bobby Robson's son Paul today confirmed how highly his father valued his time as manager of Ipswich Town - and how much he owed the club and their supporters.

The north stand at Portman Road is to be re-named tomorrow after the football legend who led the Blues to success in the FA Cup (1978) and the UEFA Cup (1981) as well as qualifying for Europe nine years out of ten.

Paul with be alongside his mother Lady Robson and brother Mark when the official naming ceremony takes place during the interval of Ipswich Town's Championship game against Newcastle United (kick-off 5.30pm).

Town fans worship the man who had such an impact on their lives before moving on to manage England to a World Cup semi-final and then finding club success on the continent before ending his career at tomorrow's opponents Newcastle.

Robson never forgot his Geordie roots.

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But his son Paul confirmed: “He treasured his time in Suffolk and always spoke so highly of Ipswich Town and their supporters.

“He knew that he may well not have been given the same opportunity to find his managerial feet anywhere else.

“He was shown the door at Fulham and as a ten-year-old I moved to Canada with the family when dad took charge of Vancouver Royals.

“But that was also only shortlived, and when he ran short of money we moved back to England where he was offered the Ipswich job.

“He did not have an easy time and there were mutterings of discontent, and a dressing room upheaval to sort out.

“It took him over two years, and if it hadn't have been for the patience and understanding of chairman John Cobbold and the Ipswich board he may not have been given the time to see it through.

“He was able to find his feet and this gave him confidence to go on and achieve what he did.”

Reflecting on the honour being bestowed on Robson tomorrow when members of the 1978 and 1981 sides will be back in town, Paul added: “Dad will look down with huge pride to see his name on a Portman Road stand.

“It is now an excellent modern stadium, and he was delighted that he started the improvements off.

“He loved the Suffolk area and we lived at Capel, Bentley and then Constitution Hill, Ipswich while he built two differing successful sides and oversaw the development of so many international players as well as making many notable signings.

“I know he wanted to see Ipswich Town back in the Premier League, and hopefully in the not-too-distant future they will achieve this.”

After Monday's memorial service when over 1,000 invited guests attended Durham Cathedral, Lady Robson said: “I was so delighted. So many people said how stunning the service was. It meant so much to us.

“It was the service Bobby wished for and he chose much of the music, and he would have been thrilled by it all and proud that so many people were there and also came together to watch it at his former clubs.”

And third brother Andrew, who will be in the States tomorrow, added: “It was a fitting tribute and he would have been truly honoured.”

To make a donation to The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation visit: or send a cheque to: Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, PO Box 307, Heaton, Newcastle, NE7 7QG. Over �1.8million has already been raised.