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    Bobby Moore Player Profile

    Born : Barking, East London
    DOB : 12/04/1941




    The greatest-ever Hammer, Bobby made his first team debut as a raw 17-year-old on September 8, 1958, taking over from his mentor, Malcolm Allison, and never looked back. An essentially quiet, modest man, Bobby played his football with a calm authority that oozed class. He made defending an art, timing tackles to perfection or, more often than not, simply winning the ball by his intelligent positional sense and uncanny reading of the game which enabled him to make so many clever interceptions. His critics tried to argue that he couldn't head a ball well and lacked pace but his many other qualities made light of any such weaknesses, if, indeed, they even existed.

    Captained Hammers during our most successful period, leading the team to our first FA Cup final victory (v. Preston North End) in 1964, when he was named Footballer of the Year, followed just a year later by the epic European Cup Winners Cup triumph over West Germany's TSV Munich 1860. But it was, of course, in the summer of 1966 that Bobby experienced the ultimate glory, leading England to the World Cup. After the 4-2 final win over the Germans, he was rightly named Player of the Tournament.

    Throughout the 60s and 70s, Moore was a football icon. Along with the more controversial and wayward George Best, the blond Bobby attracted the attention of millions beyond football. He and Best were the first footballing celebrities, mingling regularly with showbiz stars at top West End gatherings. Like Bestie, Moore also enjoyed a drink. But, unlike the Irish genius, he exerted more moderate restraints over his off-field life, especially in public terms.

    Never was Bobby's famous coolness under intense pressure tested more fully than on the eve of the 1970 World Cup finals in Mexico. England were near to completing their South American tour in Bogota, Colombia, when he was falsely accused of stealing a bracelet and kept under house arrest while his England team-mates headed on to Mexico without him. Yet, despite days in captivity and the drama associated with the incident, an innocent Bobby re-emerged like the true great that he was to play one of the finest games of his life against Pele's Brazil Ð a game that is enshrined in World Cup folklore.

    Capped for the first time in Peru in 1962, Bobby won a total of 108 full international caps, making his last appearance against Italy in November 1973. By this time, his days at Upton Park were also drawing to a close and after playing against Hereford United in the FA Cup third round on January 1974, he made one inauspicious appearance for the reserves against Plymouth Argyle at Upton Park, before transferring across the Thames to Fulham.

    Not that 'Mooro' had seen the last of Wembley, his spiritual home. He went back there in 1975 when Fulham lost to his former club, 2-0, in the FA Cup final.
    After finishing his playing days in America with San Antonio Thunder and Seattle Sounders in the newly-formed North American Soccer League, Bobby returned to England to enter management with non-league Oxford City (where Harry Redknapp was his assistant) in 1979, moving on to Southend United (where another former Hammers team-mate, Frank Lampard, was a player) in 1984. But, like most of his World Cup-winning colleagues, Bobby found management more difficult and, sadly, was allowed to drift out of the game.

    It was a crime that much more was not made of his talents, at club and international level, as Bobby was left to struggle with various business interests and maintain an involvement with football only as reporter for a downmarket tabloid newspaper and radio summariser for Capital Gold Sport. In fact, Bobby paid his last visit to the Twin Towers to commentate on England v San Marino just seven days before his untimely death.

    With many of his friends and associates still unaware of his private battle, Bobby Moore died at his home in Putney, south-west London, on the morning of February 24, 1993, with his second wife, Stephanie, by his side, after a long and typically brave fight against bowel cancer. West Ham United fans, deeply shocked and saddened by the sudden loss of their favourite son, turned the main gates at Upton Park into a shrine, while supporters of many other clubs also sent messages of sympathy and momentoes in memory of English football's former golden boy.

    In 1994, West Ham named the new South Stand after Bobby and installed a solid bronze bust of our greatest-ever servant in the main reception of the stand. As the new millennium dawned, a special commemorative plaque was added to the stadium.

    Bobby did not die in vain, however. Thanks largely to the continuing efforts of Stephanie, his name has helped to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for the Cancer Research charity.

    At Upton Park and throughout the football world, Robert Frederick Chelsea Moore will always be remembered with great and loving affection.

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    Freddie Flintoff

    A legend in his own time.
     
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