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Tributes paid to Bobby Moore at the Upton Park Champions Statue, 25 years after his death

PUBLISHED: 12:36 26 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:36 26 February 2018

Fans laid flowers on the statue to remember Bobby Moore, 25 years after his death. Picture: Cecilia Welsh

Fans laid flowers on the statue to remember Bobby Moore, 25 years after his death. Picture: Cecilia Welsh

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Tributes were paid to Bobby Moore at the Champions Statue by Upton Park on the 25th anniversary of his death on Saturday.

Bobby Moore played his debut for West Ham in September 1958 before going on to win the World Cup with England. Picture: Cecilia WelshBobby Moore played his debut for West Ham in September 1958 before going on to win the World Cup with England. Picture: Cecilia Welsh

West Ham fans and those living nearby placed flowers by the statue to remember the former West Ham and England defender.

Cecilia Welsh, who set up a petition to prevent the moving of the statue to the London Stadium, visited the statue at midday.

“There were already seven or eight people who’d gone and laid flowers by the time we got there,” she said.

“Although we’re part of the campaign getting people’s views on whether the statue should be moved, that wasn’t the purpose of the exercise. It was about paying tribute to the memory of a legend.”

Fans laid flowers on the statue to remember Bobby Moore, 25 years after his death. Picture: Cecilia WelshFans laid flowers on the statue to remember Bobby Moore, 25 years after his death. Picture: Cecilia Welsh

The campaign to keep the statue by the listed Boleyn pub gathered almost 500 signatures in 2016, along with the backing of MP Stephen Timms. It depicts a scene with Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters and Ray Wilson after winning the 1966 World Cup.

To mark the 25th anniversary of Moore’s death, West Ham United added a commemorative mural to the outer wall of the London Stadium, which will remain until the end of the season. They are also launching a free Bobby Moore memorabilia exhibition in the stadium’s store.

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