31st December 2005
Robson, who was first diagnosed with cancer 18 years ago in 1991, fought a brave battle against the disease. He beat bowel cancer in 1992, a malignant melanoma in 1995 and a tumour in his right lung and a brain tumour, both in 2006. In 2007 he vowed to "battle as I've always done" following the start of chemotherapy treatment after being diagnosed with cancer for the fifth time.
He also set up the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation in march 2008 which managed to raise £1,000,000 by November for equipment for the Cancer research Center in Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.