Sadness at the death of Sir Bobby Robson
It was with great sadness that the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) today learned of the death of Sir Bobby Robson.
A legend in the world of football, Sir Bobby acted as International Football Consultant for the FAI from January 2006 until November 2007, after which he continued as an Ambassador for the FAI.
The FAI today expressed its sympathy to Sir Bobby’s wife, Lady Elsie, and their three sons.
FAI President David Blood said that Sir Bobby had left a lasting legacy in the football world:
“Sir Bobby was a legend in the world of football and it was with great sadness that I learned of his passing this morning. We were honoured when Sir Bobby joined the association and throughout his time involved with the FAI his knowledge and passion for the game was invaluable.
“Aside from his many successes on the pitch, Sir Bobby will be best remembered for his humour, his decency and his well deserved reputation as one of the true gentlemen of the game. On behalf of the FAI, I would like to extend my sincerest sympathies to his family. Sir Bobby gave so much to the world of football and he will be greatly missed.”
FAI Chief Executive John Delaney said that Sir Bobby will be remembered as a great man who touched the lives of people around the world.
“Sir Bobby’s contribution to the sport of football is immeasurable. His success was rooted in the fact that he was a thoroughly genuine man and was at all times an absolute gentleman. It was a privilege for me to have worked with him, and I was always struck by his enthusiasm, his love of the game and his professionalism.
“Sir Bobby represented football and the FAI with the pride, passion and dignity which earned him a place in the hearts of football fans around the world. He will be sadly missed.”