George Caulkin, Lady Elsie, Steve Harper

Ahead of the release of Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager – the definitive film about Sir Bobby’s incredible life and career – there will be three exclusive preview screenings at stadiums that were very special to him.

Raising money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, the previews at St James’ Park (22 May), Wembley Stadium (23 May) and Portman Road (25 May) will be an opportunity to see the highly-anticipated film on the big screen in the company of Sir Bobby’s family and friends.

Each pitch-side screening also features a Q&A with the film’s directors, Gabriel Clarke and Torquil Jones, and former players who knew Sir Bobby well.

The first takes place at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park, where Sir Bobby’s love of football began – and where he returned as manager in 1999 to ‘save’ his club.

Former Newcastle goalkeeper, Steve Harper, will join fellow Sir Bobby Robson Foundation Patron, George Caulkin from The Times, for the Q&A.

Talking about More Than A Manager, Steve says: It’s a powerful journey through the managerial life of a great man. It’ll make you laugh, it’ll make you smile, it’ll make you cry. They’ve really done it wonderfully, wonderfully well.

“So far, I’ve only seen it on my laptop and Sir Bobby still managed to fill the room somehow. I’m looking forward to seeing it on the big screen and I think it’s very fitting that he’ll be back here in the middle of the pitch at St James’ Park.

“They’ve done very well to capture the spirit, the soul, the passion of a great man. And it takes you on a journey as a football fan.

“I was aware he’d been successful at other clubs but this film shows just how successful he was, and what he had to deal with to achieve that success.

“And as an England fan, the hurt of ’86 and Maradona’s hand ball, Sir Bobby’s vilification in the press, and reliving just how close we came to the World Cup in 1990. It’s amazing.

“It’s fantastic to hear the passion of Gary Lineker and Gazza talking about him and it’s clear Gazza just loves him to bits. That comes across numerous times.

“Sir Bobby’s on-field record is fantastic, and that’s reflected in how well he’s thought of in the football world, and he’d be very proud of that. But he’d be immensely proud of the pioneering work of his Foundation. Because cancer is an awful disease and the work his Foundation is doing is a gamechanger for everybody. It’s a fitting legacy.

“It’ll be powerful stuff seeing this film on the big screen and I would urge people to get a ticket quickly if they want to come because they’re half sold already. We’ll have a wonderful night paying tribute to a great man and enjoying what is a very, very good film.”

Other guests in the audience on the night will include Sir Bobby’s family, friends and former players, and Lady Elsie and son, Mark Robson, will attend all three preview screenings.

Mark is looking forward to seeing More Than A Manager on the big screen and very appreciative of the support the team behind the film have given the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Mark, who appears in the film, along with his Mum, says: “We’re very grateful to Newcastle United, Ipswich Town and the FA for their wonderful support for More Than A Manager. I can’t think of anywhere more appropriate for ‘Dad’s film’ to be shown than St James’ Park, Portman Road and Wembley.

“The team behind the film have shown us their absolute commitment to this project and their love of football. And they’ve involved us, both as a family and as the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, from day one.

“They’ve worked extremely hard to find unseen footage for the film. When you see it all together it really does bring home the incredible career Dad had. The challenges he faced, the triumphs, his beginning, the highs and lows and, of course, the sad ending. And so much of it, latterly, against a backdrop of his own issues with cancer.

“The filmmakers are clearly football people and they’ve shown Dad the respect I think his career deserves. It’s a film full of drama and emotion.”

Starring an A-list cast including Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, Ronaldo, Paul Gascoigne, Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker, and never-before-seen archive footage and emotional testimony from Lady Elsie, More Than A Manager is an intimate portrait of one of sport’s most inspirational and influential figures.

Covering a career that saw some of the greatest moments in footballing history, including Maradona’s ‘hand of God’, Gazza’s tears and England’s greatest World Cup abroad, to titles in Europe’s top leagues and a Barcelona treble, this heartfelt and personal film is led by the intimate recollections of Sir Bobby himself.

The film also covers Sir Bobby’s fight with cancer and the formation and ongoing success of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and a percentage of the film’s profits will be donated to the charity.

Tickets for the St James’ Park preview screening are £20 (including a £5 donation to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation) and are limited to just 1,400. They are selling quickly via www.bobbyrobsonfilm.com.

Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager coming to select theatres (including Tyneside Cinema) 1st June.

Now available to pre-order, Digital Download/Curzon Home Cinema 1st June & Blu-Ray/DVD 4th June.

Tickets for the three special stadium screenings available from www. bobbyrobsonfilm.com.

All preview screenings:
Tickets: £20 per screening (includes £5 donation to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation)
Doors open: 7pm
Q&A Starts: 8.15pm
Film Starts: 8.45pm
Film Finishes 10.25pm

Newcastle – Tuesday 22nd May:
Hosting: George Caulkin
Q&A: Steve Harper, Gabriel Clarke and Torquil Jones
Lady Elsie and Mark Robson will also be in attendance

Wembley – Wednesday 23rd May:
Hosting: Henry Winter
Q&A: Terry Butcher, Gabriel Clarke and Torquil Jones
Lady Elsie and Mark Robson will also be in attendance

Ipswich – Friday 25th May
Hosting: Gabriel Clarke
Q&A: Terry Butcher, Mick Mills, John Wark, Gabriel Clarke and Torquil Jones
Lady Elsie and Mark Robson will also be in attendance

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