Photographs of West Ham legend Bobby Moore on show at National Portrait Gallery

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 March 2018

Bobby Moore by an unknown photographer for the Daily Sketch, early 1970s Picture: National Portrait Gallery London

Bobby Moore by an unknown photographer for the Daily Sketch, early 1970s Picture: National Portrait Gallery London

National Portrait Gallery London

Photographs of England’s only World Cup-winning captain, Bobby Moore, have gone on display in a new exhibition.

The National Portrait Gallery will be showcasing the pictures, which come from the collection of the West Ham legend’s daughter Roberta Moore, until January.

And while the most famous image of the Barking-born defender - holding the World Cup aloft while being carried by fellow players Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters and Ray Wilson - was immortalised in sculpture in Upton Park, the new collection will give fans a chance to see a different side to the star.

Included in the collection are images of him relaxing off the pitch with his family, as well as meeting young fans before a training session.

Other pictures show Moore having fun with fellow footballers, including playing a game of chess with his rival captain from the World Cup final, Franz Beckenbaur, and of him jumping in the rain holding umbrellas with West Ham teammate Johnny Byrne.

The collection goes beyond Moore’s years as a Hammer, with one picture showing him in a communal bath with other members of the Fulham team folliwng his move to west London in 1974.

The exhibition, which has been curated by Dr Sabina Jaskot-Gill, marks 25 years since Moore’s death from cancer aged just 51.

His daughter Roberta said: “My father emanated grace both on and off the pitch.

“He was self-effacing, kind and humble with a dry humour and tremendous sense of fun.

“This display is a wonderful tribute to the high esteem in which he is held.”

Dr Nicholas Cullinan, director of the National Portrait Gallery, added: “Bobby Moore was widely regarded as one of the greatest defenders of all time and an important ambassador for football.

“It is fitting that in this World Cup year, the National Portrait Gallery honours his achievements with this display.

“We are grateful to his daughter Roberta for enabling us to acquire these family photographs for our collection.”

Bobby Moore: First Gentleman of English Football will run at the National Portrait Gallery in Covent Garden until January. Admission is free.

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