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Bobby Robson buried at private funeral service

FORMER England manger Bobby Robson was buried yesterday at a private funeral service in his native northeast England.

The service at an undisclosed location was attended by Robson's widow Elsie and the couple's three sons, Andrew, Paul and Mark.

The 76-year-old Robson died last Friday after a long struggle with cancer.

"Sir Bobby Robson was laid to rest today at a private family service," a family statement said. "Lady Robson has been overwhelmed by the wonderful tributes and messages of condolence and is very grateful that the family's privacy has been respected at this sad time."

A public memorial service is set to be held later in the year.

Robson was England coach between 1982-90 and led the team to the 1990 World Cup semifinals, where it lost a penalty shootout to West Germany.

As a club coach, he won titles with Ipswich, PSV Eindhoven, FC Porto and Barcelona and lifted struggling Newcastle from last when he took over to three consecutive top-five finishes in the Premier League.


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