The sad news that greeted fooball fans the world over this week, was that the former England manager Sir Bobby Robson had lost his battle with cancer, and had died at the age of 76.
Sir Bobby, who also managed Ipswich Town and Newcastle United, was hero-worshipped on Tyneside, and as a mark of respect to the great man, Magpies fans have agreed to honour him by wearing special funny commemorative Sir Bobby Robson masks at every Newcastle game this season.
The masks will be similar to those worn in China recently by Hull City fans depicting their own greatest-ever player, Dean Windass.
Printed on flimsy card, and held securely in place by an elastic strap over the ears, the masks will be a constant reminder to football fans of the fantastic influence Sir Bobby had on the game, as well as providing a wonderful source of amusement for opposing supporters.
Hundreds of Newcastle fans were today queueing outside St James Park to buy the masks which will retail at £16.99, with proceeds going towards buying a decent team for the coming season in the Championship.