North East auction house raises funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation


Image credit: Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

Image credit: Sir Bobby Robson Foundation


Newcastle-based auction house Anderson and Garland auctioned off a large collection of signed collectables and ephemera from Sir Bobby Robson’s playing days this week.


The hammer price hit £620, totalling £770 in funds donated to the cancer charity.

Fred Wyrley-Birch, Director and auctioneer at Anderson and Garland, said: “We’re very proud to support Sir Bobby’s Foundation because we know how important the work they fund is.”

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation was founded by the ex-player and manager in 2008 to raise funds for cancer patients and is linked to the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Charity. The charity has raised over £13m to help find more effective ways to treat cancer.

Anderson and Garland auctioneers have supported the charity in the past, including in a 2015 auction where a large collection of Newcastle United memorabilia donated by the family of John Alder went under the hammer.

The football ephemera sold at auction 

The lot sold at auction included a large collection of signed photos, match programmes, cigarette cards, an autograph book and other football ephemera from Sir Bobby Robson’s playing days.

It featured the match ticket, song sheet and fully signed programme from England v Scotland in 1961. Sir Bobby scored and the match ended 9-3.



The items were collected by his cousin, Michael Robson, now 74, who travelled all over the country to watch him play.

We were delighted to welcome Michael and Lady Elsie to our salesrooms to view the collection, during an event which was featured on BBC Look North East and Cumbria.


Image credit: Sir Bobby Robson Foundation


In a BBC interview, Michael said, "Bob was a few years ahead of me and I was still at school when he signed for Fulham."

"My dad and his brothers, including Bob's dad Philip, would go and watch him play whenever he came to the north and when I was about 11, I started to go to as well.

"We'd meet up with Bob before the game and ... often, I'd give him my autograph book and he'd pass it around the dressing rooms for me and give it back afterwards.

"I donated the collection because I want to know it will go to someone who'll appreciate it, and to know it's doing some good, too."


The Collectors’ Auction at Anderson and Garland auctioneers

This lot was placed in our popular Collectors’ Auction which we hold regularly. There is a constant offering of football collectables and ephemera in these auctions.

We sold rare studio portraits of Newcastle United players from the 1950s in our April auction, which had a hammer price of £160, and a Newcastle United season ticket from 1919-20, which cost £1.10 shillings and sold for £130.

Other notable items in the Collectors’ Auction included a collection of 1950s & ’60s Newcastle United Football programmes, which sold for £1,600, a 19th Century Pelisse 12th Austrian Palatine Hussars that sold for £2,200, and a 1796 pattern British Heavy Cavalry Trooper's sword which had a hammer price of £1,900.



These frequent auctions feature a range of an eclectic items including:

  • Sports and Entertainment Autographs & Memorabilia
  • Vintage Cameras
  • Vintage Enamel Advertising Signs and Advertising Ephemera
  • Movie and Railway Posters
  • Railwayana,
  • Tribal Art
  • Scientific Instruments and Vintage Mining Lamps
  • & Woodworking Tools


View our auction archives to see the items previously sold at auction. If you have an item you’re considering selling at auction, contact our auctioneers for a free pre-sale valuation.



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