Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY JULIE McCAFFREY

When­ever Lady Elsie Rob­son vis­its New­cas­tle, she parks her car near St James’ Park foot­ball ground and walks to the statue of her late hus­band, Sir Bobby.

She ad­mires the like­ness of the hand­some man she fell for in her teens, stands deep in thought for a mo­ment and then has a chat.

Lady Elsie, 82, says: “I look up at him and say, ‘Hi, what’s it like up there?’.”

It’s nine years since we lost our best­loved foot­ball man­ager and Lady Elsie lost her hus­band of 54 years but grief can still catch her un­awares.

“For a while af­ter Bob died, his face was on buses in the North East. When­ever I passed a dou­ble- decker he’d be there, smil­ing down at me. Some­times I had to pull over,” she says.

“If I un­ex­pect­edly hear Bob’s voice on the TV, I need to sit down.”

Elsie has con­tin­ued his

Lady Elsie car­ries on his work

legacy by help­ing The Bobby Rob­son Foun­da­tion raise more than £12mil­lion for can­cer re­search. And ev­ery year, she at­tends the Bobby Rob­son Golf Clas­sic in Por­tu­gal, which has raised €1mil­lion for an or­phan­age in Faro. She feels her late hus­band – who man­aged Ful­ham, Ip­swich Town, PSV Eind­hoven, Porto, Barcelona, and New­cas­tle United as well as Eng­land – would also be proud of her to­day for an­other rea­son. Elsie ex­plains: “When Bob was alive, I dis­missed foot­ball in a way be­cause I was busy look­ing af­ter our fam­ily life. “Af­ter he died I re­alised how much I like it and how much I’d learned al­most by os­mo­sis. So now, when I sit down to watch Match of the Day, I feel Bob near me and smil­ing at me.” Elsie and Bobby both grew up in the min­ing com­mu­nity of Lan­g­ley Park, County Durham. At vil­lage hall dances, Sir Bobby’s feet were as quick as his wit. But some­thing else caught Elsie’s eye. “Bob was a good look­ing young man and al­ready had great charisma. But I

Get­ting his knight­hood with Elsie and sons Paul and Andrew, 2002 Bobby & Elsie wed in 1955

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