Newcastle Utd boss hopes lads do Sir Bobby proud

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ALAN Pardew’s hoping his Newcastle United side do Sir Bobby Robson proud at St James’s Park tomorrow.

Newcastle on Portuguese side Braga in the club’s final pre-season friendly.

Robson passed away after a long battle against cancer four years ago.

And the game falls on the Football Association’s Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day, which will celebrate grassroots football and honour the former United manager’s achievements in the game.

Pardew has long drawn inspiration from Sir Bobby, who ended his long and successful managerial career at the club closest to his heart.

“He’s somebody we all aspire to - no matter what field of life you are in,” Pardew said.

“I particularly aspire to him as a football manager. Words really don’t do it justice in many ways.

“But it would be nice to honour him on a special day.”

Pardew is looking for an attacking performance from his team, which kicks off its Premier League campaign at Manchester City on August 19.

“I’m looking forward to us putting in a display that he would be proud of,” said Pardew.

“Hopefully, it will be an offensive display which was the hallmark of his teams.”