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Ale launched in honour of Sir Bobby Robson

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Northumberland, Aug 5 (ANI): Northumberland Brewery has launched an ale called 'Wor Bobby' in honour of former English footballer and ex-manager Sir Bobby Robson, who died at the age of 76 on July 31 after a long battle with cancer.

"Cancer has touched most people's lives one way or another. I lost my mother-in-law and father-in-law to it. When I heard Sir Bobby died I wanted to do something to help his charity," The Sun quoted Dave Roberts, owner of the brewery, as saying.

The first batch of the ale was sold out in days with a penny from each pint going to the cancer fund set up by Robson.

Robson was first diagnosed with cancer in 1991, just a year after perhaps his finest hour, guiding England to the semi-finals of the World Cup in Italy. That it took a further 18 years for the disease to claim him speaks volumes for his courage.

Robson was the first England manager to be ravaged by the tabloid media, but his conduct at Italia 90 and his response to a galling semi-final defeat by West Germany captured all that was admirable about him.

The jig of delight with which Robson greeted Gary Lineker's equaliser in the semi-final encapsulated his transparent love of the game and was perhaps his defining image; the regretful half-shake of the head that followed the fateful final penalty illustrated his perspective. Defeat hurt, but Robson knew how to lose as well as win.

Robson passed on those lessons to his players, who now remember him with great affection. (ANI)

Story first published: Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 20:03 [IST]
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