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Football fraternity don their golf shoes for Sir Bobby

More than 100 footballers, ex-players and managers donned their golf shoes to take part in the Sir Bobby Robson Celebrity Golf Day and Dinner at Rockliffe Hall, Darlington.

Each of the players wore a specially designed golf jumper to mark the occasion.

Sir Bobby's son, Andrew, started the event, hitting the first tee shot of the day, wearing his lucky multi-coloured golf trousers and explained that the event was something his father would have been proud to be part of.

"His first love was football, of course, but one of his other loves was golf," he told the Northern Echo.

The football community put their allegiances to one side with players and staff from Middlesbrough, Newcastle and Sunderland all taking part in the event.

Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn told the newspaper: " There is only one man who could get all of us together – Middlesbrough, Newcastle and Sunderland – and for us not to even think twice about it.

"It tells you how special he was and it is important that we keep that going. No one else could have united us like this in the past 100 years."

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