Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Bobby Moore, arguably England's greatest football captain

Yesterday I bought a copy of The Times, rather than the Independent (my favourite daily).  I was tempted by the "free" book, Bobby Moore, by The Person Who Knew Him Best Tina Moore (who was married to him for 24 years). My wife groaned as another book was coming into my cluttered library, which does need a good clear out.

In the media there has been much talk of 1966 when we won the World Cup at Wembley and Bobby Moore lifted the Jules Rimet trophy above his team.  I am so glad that I was able to see him play for England at Wembley and for West Ham at Upton Park and against my team at White Hart Lane. He was not my favourite player, as I used to chant "Jimmy for England" on the Tottenham terraces in North London, but I recognized that he had sheer class on the pitch and showed real quality in defence. Cool under pressure and re-assuringly calm when his team were up against tough opposition, he displayed great composure and skill.  I loved the way he used to dribble the ball away from danger around the penalty area and move forward with such authority.

Today we hear about the Bobby Moore Fund because his life was tragically cut short by bowel cancer. 

We can honour his memory by supporting this fund.  He is also honoured by the retired number six shirt billboard at Upton Park and by the bronze statute near the Boleyn ground.

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