Robson tribute planned for league openers

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All Football League matches on the opening weekend of the season will be preceded by a minute's applause to honour Sir Bobby Robson.

The former Fulham, Ipswich and Newcastle manager died this morning at the age of 76 after a long battle with cancer.

Players will also wear black armbands during matches on August 7/8/9 as a tribute to the man who led England to the World Cup semi-finals in 1990.

League chairman Lord Mawhinney said: "The thoughts of the Football League, our clubs and their supporters are with Bobby's family and friends today. We will miss him."