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Medal made for Sir Bobby is mint; TRIBUTE: Special honour for former England manager and West Brom player.

Byline: Matt Lloyd

A SPECIAL medal made by the Royal Mint for Baggies legend Sir Bobby Robson will be the first of its kind for a footballer.

Usually made to mark the passing of prominent members of the royal family, the Royal Mint will honour the former England manager with the medal bearing Sir Bobby's face and the names of clubs he played for or managed.

A portion of proceeds from the medal will be donated to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation which raises money for the early detection and treatment of cancer.

Sir Bobby, who died on July 31, became a West Brom hero after his six-year stint in the Black Country during which he scored 56 goals between 1956 and 1962.

His death from cancer was marked with emotional tributes at the Hawthorns in the Baggies' first match of the season against Newcastle United, another of Sir Bobby's former clubs, in August.

Dave Knight, director of commemorative coin at the Royal Mint, said: "Traditionally the Royal Mint marks the passing of prominent members of the royal family in this way. But we believe it right to extend the honour to Sir Bobby.

"The genuine emotion felt throughout the nation at his passing, not just amongst football fans, demonstrated a degree of heartfelt affection for a man who achieved iconic status throughout the United Kingdom."

Sir Bobby's widow Lady Robson welcomed the tribute when she said: "Our family was overwhelmed by the kind words from all over the world at the passing of my husband.

" B o b b y 's thirst for life was unquenchable and I'm sure he would be delighted to know his foundation will benefit as a result of sales of this beautiful medal."

An Albion club spokesman added: "The club paid a full tribute to the life and career of Sir Bobby at our Coca-Cola Championship game with Newcastle in August.

"West Bromwich Albion fans also showed their respects by penning hundreds of heartfelt messages in a Book of Condolence. Sir Bobby's memory will live on at The Hawthorns and the club is delighted The Royal Mint is commemorating a man who was loved and adored throughout the nation with this special medal."

England ace Gary Linekar, who played for Robson in the semi-final team of 1990, said: "I feel very proud to have played for the only football manager to be honoured by the Royal Mint. "His warmth extended beyond the bounds of football and he will be sorely missed by the whole nation."

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Honour: The medal made by the Royal Mint in memory of West Brom hero and ex-England manager Sir Bobby Robson

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