NUFC Celebrate Sir Bobby Robson Football Day
10 August 2013, 06:01
Newcastle United will celebrate former manager Sir Bobby Robson's contribution to football when they host Braga later.
Their opponents make the trip from Portugal, where Sir Bobby excelled as manager of Sporting Lisbon and FC Porto.
The match will mark the FA's 'Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day'
That day was recently named by the Football Association (FA) and will celebrate all aspects of the game from grassroots to professional level and pay tribute to the lifelong dedication and legacy of Sir Bobby, who passed away four years ago at the age of 76 after bravely battling cancer for the fifth time.
As part of the FA's 150th anniversary celebrations, 150 events focusing on all aspects of the game will be taking place across the country.
The Club will have a presence at an FA coaching clinic and tournament at the Sir Bobby Robson Football Centre in Sacriston alongside Lady Elsie Robson on the morning of Saturday 10th August, while fans have the chance to raise money for two fantastic causes.
Proceeds from matchday fundraising will be split between the Newcastle United Foundation, which posthumously inducted Sir Bobby onto its inaugural Hall of Fame earlier this year, and Sacriston Community Football Club, which is located close to Sir Bobby's birthplace.
The Newcastle United Foundation, which runs a thriving grassroots coaching programme of its own for thousands of children each year, is providing match tickets for Sacriston and will be inviting ten of its youngsters onto the pitch at half-time for a special penalty shoot-out.
Newcastle United's players, meanwhile, have pledged to donate their match-worn strips to an exclusive online auction following the game, giving supporters the chance to bid for their favourite player's 2013/14 home shirts.