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QPR to pay tribute as football season begins

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Queens Park Rangers will be paying a special tribute to Sir Bobby Robson in their first match of the season against Blackpool this Saturday (August 8).

The Football League has asked its clubs to hold a minute's applause to commemorate the life of Sir Bobby, who died last Friday, at all matches played during the opening weekend of the new football season.

Players will also wear black armbands as a tribute to the man who led England to the 1990 World Cup semi-final.

Sir Bobby was 76 and died after a long battle with cancer.

He began his playing career in the south of the borough, in Fulham, from 1950 to 1956 and enjoyed a second spell at Craven Cottage from 1962 until May 1967, when he retired as a player. He also took charge of Fulham for 10 months early in his managerial career.

Football League Chairman Lord Mawhinney said: "I am hugely saddened to hear the news of Sir Bobby's death. He was one of the greats of the English game and will be remembered as a fine player for club and country, an outstanding manager and an ambassador for the sport that he loved.

"He has shown tremendous courage throughout his battle with illness, selflessly raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity from which many others will benefit.”

In a pre-season match against Southampton last Saturday, QPR also held a minute's silence in memory of Sir Bobby.

August 3, 2009

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