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Robson honoured by game he loved.

Byline: TOM WILKINSON

FOOTBALL royalty paid tribute yesterday to Sir Bobby Robson - one of the game's favourite sons.

Among the 1,000 guests at Durham Cathedral were Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton, England coach Fabio Capello and the president of Barcelona, Joan Laporta.

Premier League managers Steve Bruce, a close friend of the Robson family, Everton's David Moyes, Mick McCarthy and Sam AllardS yce were also present while former England managers spotted included Steve McClaren, Sven-Goran Eriksson, Graham Taylor, Howard Wilkinson and Peter Taylor.

Football fans were invited to watch live broadcasts of the 75-minute service on big screens in Ipswich town centre and at Newcastle's ground.

Paul Gascoigne, who famously wept during the 1990 World Cup semi-final, looked emotional throughout the service.

Gascoigne sat by former team-mate Gary Lineker who was one of four people who read a eulogy.

Former striker Lineker said of Robson: "He was everything that was good about the game.

"He loved the game and the game loved him. He was a lion of a man. No, make that 'three lions'. Sir Bobby Robson, we will miss you but we will never, ever forget you."

Afterwards, Sir Bobby's son Andrew said he hoped the public service, which followed a private funeral last month, will help his family, including his brothers Paul and Mark.

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