Sir Bobby Robson statue

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Sir Bobby Robson's son Mark described the "perfect" moment he watched the new statue of his father being unveiled at the home of Newcastle United ahead of Sunday's game against Manchester City.

The nine-foot sculpture was commissioned by the club last autumn and created by Tom Maley, and will stand proudly outside the South West Corner to celebrate his remarkable rise from a boyhood Magpies fan to manager between 1999 and 2004.

A whole host of big names, including Paul Gascoigne, Peter Beardsley, Bob Moncur, Steve Harper, Nikos Dabizas, current manager Alan Pardew and Sir Bobby's family, including Lady Elsie Robson, attended the ceremony where the statue was revealed for the first time.

And Mark told "It's perfect weather and there's a big match as well, so the timing couldn't be better.

"We've been a little bit involved in the development of it, together with the club, before letting Tom the sculptor get on with it. We were consulted all the way. The club have been fantastic and very generous.

"But that doesn't prepare you for the unveiling, when the actual cloth comes off. It was great; very humbling and a bit of a gulp. It's powerful to me.

"It's nine foot and dad was 5ft 10ins and a bit. And on the bank of the South West corner - it's a perfect spot.

"We're really, really pleased and very thankful. This is his home - he used to come to games as a kid and then 60 years later, here he is, so it's a bit of a story and a very happy one. And with the team doing so well, too, it's perfect."