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SBD Global/January 17, 2013/International Football
FA Launches 150th Anniversary Celebrations, Pays No Appearance Fees To Guests
Published January 17, 2013
HONORING ROBSON: In London, George Caulkin reported the FA is to hold a National Football Day in Bobby Robson's name on Aug. 10 as part of its 150th anniversary celebrations. The governing body is "to highlight the life and work of the former England manager," who died in '09, "as well as his charitable Foundation’s ongoing fundraising in the anti-cancer field, with a series of events based around grassroots football." The Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day "will involve 150 clubs and leagues across the country" (LONDON TIMES, 1/15).
ONLY THE BEST: The London DAILY MAIL wrote the FA has "managed to attract the great and the good from world football" to the start of its 150th anniversary celebrations without "paying anyone appearance money." All the names jetting in from around the globe, including the hugely remunerated former England Managers Fabio Capello and Sven Göran Eriksson, "are only having their travelling and accommodation expenses met." Even Pele, who will be guest of honor next month at England’s friendly with Brazil at Wembley and the inaugural England awards at St. George’s Park and "is well known for his considerable commercial demands, is not receiving a fee for helping to promote the landmark year" (DAILY MAIL, 1/16).