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Moore

England

Full name: Robert "Bobby" Frederick Chelsea Moore
Date of birth: 12/04/1941
Position: Defender
International caps: 108
International goals: 2
World Cups: 1962 - Quarter finals
1966 - Champions
1970 - Quarter finals
Clubs: West Ham United
Fulham
San Antonio Thunder
Seattle Sounders
1958-1974
1974-1977
1977
1978

Bobby Moore with the FA Cup

Bobby Moore joined his local side and boyhood idols West Ham relatively late, but made up for it by winning a clutch of honours including the FA Cup and England's player of the year in 1964, and the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1965. The league title would, however, remain beyond his grasp.

Moore gained his first England cap at the age of 21, eleven days before the start of the 1962 World Cup and impressed enough to gain a place on the trip to Chile.

Moore was different from most other centre halves of his era. He was more like the modern sweeper, refining the role that Beckenbauer invented. He lacked pace and rarely headed the ball, but he could read the game like no other - anticipating his opponents every move to make the crucial interception or to tackle cleanly. Jock Stein once said of Moore: "He knows what's happening 20 minutes before anyone else". Once he had possession of the ball, he would carefully pass it exactly where it needed to go - whether four yards or 40.

Bobby Moore lifts the World Cup

This marvellous passing ability was shown to great effect on the greatest stage of all. As well as marshalling England's defence superbly in the whole 1966 World Cup tournament, he also showed several times that his upfield balls made the difference. In the final, Moore flighted a beautiful free kick towards the waiting head of Hurst who could do nothing else but score the game's first goal. Later, in the dying second of the game (while Kenneth Wolstenhome was saying those immortal words), Moore broke up a German attack and lifted the ball 40-yards over the opposition lines and straight to Hurst's feet, who then crashed it home for his hat-trick. Subsequently, Moore became the first, and so far only, Englishman to lift the World Cup.

Moore was a gentleman on and off the pitch (highlighted when he wiped mud off his hands before shaking the Queen's hand at Wembley) and a true leader. However, just before the 1970 tournament, he had to deal with accusations of jewellery theft in Bogota, Columbia. It turned out to be an elaborate sting by the shop's owners, who were later charged themselves. Moore's image as an ambassador for the game was revived, although officially recognised innocent was delayed until years after. In the football, England overcame the Romanians in their first group game, but then came up against the Brazillians. Moore produced one of greatest tackles of all time on Jairzinho, cleanly coming away with the ball, but could do little to stop the man scoring later on to give a narrow 1-0 victory to the South Americans. England were later beaten by 3-2 West Germany in the quarter finals.

Bobby Moore and Pele in 1970

Moore played his last game for England in 1973. In all, he captained England 90 times in 108 games (first at the age of 22 - an England record until Michael Owen took charge of a few of friendlies in 2002). He played in all 14 of England's World Cup games in the tournaments 1962-70, captaining the squads in the last two.

In 1974, he left West Ham and joined Fulham, helping them to an FA Cup final. After retiring in 1976, he tried his hand at management and then embarked on a career in journalism. Bobby Moore died in 1993 of cancer, aged just 52.

I'll let the great Pele have the final word on Bobby Moore - "The greatest player I have ever played against".