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Sir Bobby Robson taken to hospital

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Robson became honorary president of Ipswich this summer.

IPSWICH, England -- Former England manager Sir Bobby Robson was taken to hospital after becoming ill while watching his former club Ipswich Town on Saturday.

The 73-year-old Robson, who became honorary president of Ipswich this summer, was paraded in front of supporters at Portman Road before the team's opening Championship game of the season.

Ten minutes into the game he complained of feeling unwell and, after receiving attention from the club doctor, was taken to Ipswich Hospital as a precaution.

The hospital's bed-site manager Sandra Churchyard told the BBC:"Sir Bobby Robson is in Accident and Emergency having routine tests performed and his condition is comfortable."

Robson has had successful operations for colon cancer and a malignant melanoma on his face.

After having a tumor removed from his lung in May, it emerged he had more cancer, though it is now in remission.

Robson is one of the legendary survivors of international soccer. He played 584 matches for English clubs Fulham and West Bromwich Albion, then began a managerial odyssey that took him through Canada, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands.

Though he started his managerial career at Fulham in 1968, Robson made his name at Ipswich, where he captured FA Cup and UEFA Cup trophies in his 13 years in charge.

He succeeded Ron Greenwood as England coach in 1982, guiding England to the 1986 and 1990 World Cups.

He held managing spells at PSV Eindhoven, Sporting Lisbon, FC Porto, and FC Barcelona, where current Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho worked as his translator.

The pinnacle

Robson managed at Newcastle from 1999-2004, where he guided his native Magpies from a relegation battle to near the pinnacle of English soccer: an FA Cup semifinal, a third-place place in the Premiership, the second phase of the Champions League and the last four of the UEFA Cup.

He is currently working as an assistant manager with Ireland.

Ipswich lost Saturday's game to Crystal Palace 2-1 but new manager Jim Magilton said the result was of little consequence.

"There was no prouder man in the stadium than me today, knowing that Sir Bobby was in the stand," said Magilton.

"When a man of his stature is rushed into hospital then the result doesn't matter. As long as he's ok, we'll be ok."

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