Gallery: Town fans celebrate Sir Bobby Robson’s career with screening of film ‘Once More for Bobby’
Ipswich Town fans attended a special screening of a film last night inspired by the life of club legend Sir Bobby Robson.
The Ipswich Film Theatre in the Corn Exchange was near capacity for the showing of Once More for Bobby.
The 82-minute film documents a 25-day, 3,500-mile charity bike ride by triathlete Phil Gray and former Newcastle United left-back Robbie Elliott. It went from Lisbon to Newcastle, via Porto, Barcelona, Eindhoven, Fulham, Ipswich and Wembley – the locations signifying Sir Bobby’s managerial history.
Stephen Tompkinson, who plays television’s DCI Banks, voices Sir Bobby’s own words as the pair make their way through Europe.
The film was followed with a question and answer session led by BBC Radio Suffolk’s Stephen Foster with Mr Gray.
Former Blues player and manager George Burley also told the audience of his time with Sir Bobby, who died of lung cancer in 2009.
Mr Gray said the ride, in 2012, and documentary had been a “tremendous experience”. It raised thousands of pounds for The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Half of the film’s profits will go to The Robbie Elliott Foundation.
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Burley, who joined Town as an apprentice when Sir Bobby was manager, said: “It’s been so many years since Bobby’s death but his memory gets stronger and stronger.
“The one word I would use to describe him is passionate.
“He would be at training, talking to groundsmen and washerwomen, making sure they were all happy.
“He rubbed off on everybody, including myself. You would try to emulate it and do your best, show passion for coaching and playing, which went right through the club.
“What he achieved was incredible. Not just in Britain, but all over the world. Ipswich fans will never forget him.”
Founder of the Sir Bobby Robson auction and charity campaigner, Gina Long, who was at the screening, said: “Sir Bobby is somebody who remains so very special in so many people’s lives.
“There’s no north and south divide when it comes to Bobby – everyone unites.”