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Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

The Football Supporters’ Federation is supporting the Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day on Saturday 10th August – with the country coming together in celebration of the nation’s favourite game and one of English football’s most iconic figures.

In all, 150 community-focused events are taking place across the country with Sir Bobby Robson Day a central part of The FA’s 150th anniversary being held this year – providing a showcase of The FA’s work at grassroots level and giving the nation the opportunity to get involved.

Across the country, the day will focus on every aspect of the game including women’s football, disability football, refereeing and coaching with four flagship events in London, Manchester, Durham and at St. George’sPark in Burton.

Fans are also able to get involved with their support at friendly matches and league fixtures being held up and down the country the day before The FA Community Shield.

FSF Chair Malcolm Clarke, said: “We congratulate the FA, as the guardian and promoter of our great game, on its contribution to the life of the country at every level from the local parks to the top professional teams, for a century and a half.

“Football is a huge part of our national psyche, contributes greatly to health and well-being, and we look forward to the next 150 years.”

Lady Elsie Robson, Sir Bobby’s widow, said: “I’m sure Bob would have been thrilled having a National Football Day named in his honour. He was always so incredibly passionate about football.

“He just loved it, whatever level it was being played at. He was lucky enough to play and manage at the top of the game but he was just as enthusiastic talking to youngsters about their junior club matches.”

Sir Trevor Brooking, The FA’s Director Of Football Development, said: “The Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day has been created as part of our 150th anniversary celebrations to showcase the nation’s love for the game and the huge number of people who get involved in football every week, whether that’s playing, coaching, volunteering or refereeing.

“This day will highlight the sheer breadth of the nation’s favourite game and we hope it will encourage more people to get involved. Whether you visit one of the planned 150 events or simply head to your garden or local park with family and friends, there’s no better day to get into football.”

This October, The FA is once again supporting Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Auction. Organised entirely by volunteers, this online auction will raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and cancer services within Suffolk Hospitals. For more information about how to get involved please visit:

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