Sir Bobby Robson dies aged 76

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Football legend Sir Bobby Robson has died at the age of 76 after a long battle with cancer.

The former England manager died peacefully at home with his family around him.

Sir Bobby was first diagnosed with cancer in 1992 and had several operations and courses of treatment. In February 2007, a routine check-up revealed tumours on his lung, which later proved to be inoperable.

His family has released a statement saying: "It is with great sadness that it has been announced that Sir Bobby Robson has lost his long and courageous battle with cancer.

"He died very peacefully this morning (Friday) at his home in County Durham with his wife and family beside him."

A private funeral will be held for family members, followed by a thanksgiving service at a later date for friends and colleagues.

Sir Bobby is one of the most highly regarded English football managers of all time.

After playing for Fulham and West Brom during the 50s and 60s, Sir Bobby made a name for himself as manager of Ipswich Town, where his 13-year stay saw the club win both the FA Cup and Uefa Cup.

He subsequently managed the England team for eight years, taking them to the semi-final of the World Cup in 1990.

His illustrious coaching career also included stints at a number of major clubs in Europe, notably PSV Eindhoven, Sporting Lisbon, FC Porto and Barcelona, before he finally took charge of Newcastle United - the club he supported as a boy.

Harpal Kumar, chief executive of Cancer Research UK, said: "We are very saddened to hear that Sir Bobby Robson has passed away.

"Sir Bobby was a hugely valued and strong supporter of Cancer Research UK over many years, particularly in his native North East. We are very grateful for all that he helped us with and for the impact this will have on cancer patients and their families in the future.

"Sir Bobby once described those working to find a cure for cancer as 'heroes'. Today we have lost another hero, both on and off the pitch, and one who will be much missed by many."

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