Sven Goran Eriksson has become the latest big name in football to donate a ‘money can’t buy prize’ for the October auction to raise money for Sir Bobby Robson’s foundation, while Sir Alex Ferguson is the latest to pay tribute to Sir Bobby while donating his own prize.
Eriksson, a former England manager as was Sir Bobby, will host a party of four at a Leicester home game in the Championship this season, including drinks with Eriksson and his coaching staff after the game in Sven’s private office at the King Power Stadium.
Sir Alex, who is donating two VIP tickets with hospitality for the Bolton game on on 14 January, plus a stadium tour and a signed photo, personalised for the winner, says: ‘Sir Bobby’s love of the game and his devotion to his beloved football club, Newcastle, never diminished even during his tough battle to beat his illness. He was an inspiration to us all.
‘Sir Bobby was a great friend of mine and I know he would be extremely proud that the charity work, he was so committed to, is continuing in his name. I am sure Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Auction and Ball will be a great success and I would urge everyone to give generously to this worthy cause.’
Sir Bobby died two years ago, age 76, and the charity auction and a ball – both in October – will raise funds in Sir Bobby’s memory for Sir Bobby’s foundation and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Auction organiser Gina Long is actively seeking as many auction lots as possible to go along many already pledge, ranging from luxury holidays in Britain and around the world to some unique opportunities to be made available by the stars of English football and other sports.
For me details follow the link to the auction site, www.sirbobbysbreakthroughauction.com
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Some of the sports-related lots already pledged include:
A chance to attend England national football training as a guest of Fabio Capello … A chance to play a match at Sir Bobby’s old club, Ipswich Town, with two winning bid teams being trained by Robson-era stars and using the dressing rooms, executive box and boardroom … Tickets to the glitzy, star-studded PFA Player of the Year award bash next April … A rare, signed, limited-edition copy of the autobiography of Pele … one of John Motson’s commentary charts from a big game … the signedChelsea shirt, tickets and chance to meet Villas-Boas … an England Shirt signed by the majority of the squad involved in the recent friendly with Ghana … hospitality and premier enclosure badges at Newmarket races … a pair of Centre Court tickets in the first week of Wimbledon2012 … a pair of tickets to the final of the Masters snooker at Wembley in January … a racing shirt signed by the British Touring Car Championships drivers, Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal … a framed print of the old Wembley Stadium, signed by Bobby Charlton and Sir Geoff Hurst … a day at “The Audi Driving Experience” at Silverstone, with qualified instructors flown in from Germany especially … a Liverpool shirt signed by Andy Carroll (and match tickets).
A full list of ‘money can’t buy’ lots, with more to come, can be found at www.sirbobbysbreakthroughauction.com. The auction takes place in October, online.