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Bobby Moore Tribute: The West Ham legend’s memorable performances for England

England captain Bobby Moore. Picture: PA Wire England captain Bobby Moore. Picture: PA Wire

Saturday, February 23, 2013
5:30 PM

Sunday will mark the 20th anniversary of the death of England’s 1966 World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore.

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Aged just 51, Moore died on February 24, 1993 following a battle against bowel cancer.

Moore, who played more than 500 times for West Ham, won 108 caps for his country.

Here, we look back at some of Moore’s most memorable performances for the Three Lions:

FIRST CAP

Moore made his England debut aged 21 in a warm-up game for the 1962 World Cup against Peru in Lima. Captained by Fulham legend Johnny Haynes, Walter Winterbottom’s side ran out comfortable 4-0 winners at the Estadio Nacional. Moore would go on to play in all four of England’s matches in the World Cup. The Three Lions progressed through the group, despite opening with defeat to Hungary, and on to a quarter-final date with holders Brazil in Sausalito. However, a brace from winger Garrincha ended hopes of further progress ahead of hosting the tournament four years later.

WORLD CUP GLORY AT WEMBLEY

Moore had won the FA Cup with West Ham, been named Footballer of the Year and also lifted the European Cup Winners’ Cup by the time Alf Ramsey took charge of England, with the defender now national team captain - having become the youngest man to do so aged just 22. Ramsey’s new 4-4-2 system - dubbed the “wingless wonders” at the time - had Moore as its’ lynchpin, and the Irons centre-half rose to the challenge, helping guide England through to the quarter-finals, where they beat Argentina 1-0 and then saw of Eusebio-inspired Portugal with a brace from Bobby Charlton. England’s finest footballing moment followed at Wembley on July 30, 1966, where a hat-trick from Geoff Hurst saw West Germany defeated 4-2 after extra-time, and Moore cemented his place in folklore as he walked up the 39 steps to meet the Queen and raise the Jules Rimet Trophy.

TACKLING BRAZIL IN MEXICO 1970

By the time England travelled to Mexico for the 1970 World Cup, Moore was a football icon around the globe, hitting the headlines off the field when he was arrested following accusations of theft from a jeweller in Bogota, Colombia before eventually being released without charge. England - who had finished third at the 1968 European Championships in Italy - were drawn with Brazil in the group stages. Dubbed ‘the final that might have been’, the two sides met in Guadalajara. Brazil won the contest 1-0, but the game will forever be remembered for Moore’s precision tackle on Jairzinho, which is still replayed to this day. Pele sought out Moore following the final whistle, exchanging shirts in what has since become an iconic image within the game. Both sides progressed to the quarter-finals, where despite leading 2-0 just after half-time in Estadio Leon, England, without regular goalkeeper Gordon Banks through illness after food poisoning, allowed West Germany to fight back in the searing heat and win in extra time. No-one knew it then, but it would be Moore’s last appearance at the World Cup finals, as it took England another 12 years to qualify again.

100 CLUB

Moore became only the third England player to reach 100 caps when he led the team against Scotland at Hampden Park in February 1973. Allan Clarke scored twice as the Three Lions cruised to a 4-0 victory. England, though, were moving through the end of an era, failing to make the finals of the 1972 European Championships, beaten by West Germany again, losing 3-1 at Wembley. Ramsey also failed to guide his side into the 1974 World Cup - with a rare mistake by Moore leading to a goal for Poland in their 2-0 win which was followed by a famous 1-1 draw at Wembley, inspired by “clown” goalkeeper Jan Tomaszewski as Moore watched on from the substitutes’ bench.

END OF AN ERA

Moore made his 108th and final England appearance in a 1-0 friendly defeat to Italy at Wembley on November 14 1973, surpassing both Billy Wright and Bobby Charlton. The record would eventually be passed by goalkeeper Peter Shilton and former captain David Beckham, while current England duo Stephen Gerrard and Ashley Cole both passed 100 caps this season. Moore left West Ham in March 1974 as the club’s record appearance holder with 543 games. Following spells at Fulham, where he reached the 1975 FA Cup final against the Irons, and a stint in the North American Soccer League with San Antonio Thunder and Seattle Sounders, not to mention a brief nine-match stint at Danish side Herning Fremad, Moore finally retired from playing in 1978. A career in management never really developed after time in charge at Oxford and Southend United. Moore’s final role in football was working as a radio co-commentator before his untimely death, aged just 51. In 2007, Moore’s bronze statue was unveiled outside the new Wembley stadium, the inscription reading “National treasure, Master of Wembley, Lord of the game, Captain extraordinary, Gentleman for all time.”

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