64 Facts About Bobby Moore


Robert Frederick Chelsea Moore was an English professional footballer.


Bobby Moore is widely regarded as one of the greatest defenders in the history of football, and was cited by Pele as the greatest defender that he had ever played against.


Furthermore, Bobby Moore is sometimes considered to be one of the greatest players of all time.


Bobby Moore was made captain of England in 1964, at age 23, going on to lift the World Cup trophy in 1966.


Bobby Moore won a total of 108 caps for his country, which at the time of his international retirement in 1973 was a national record.


Bobby Moore is a member of the World Team of the 20th Century.


Bobby Moore was given an OBE in the New Year Honours List.


Bobby Moore was made an inaugural inductee of the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002 in recognition of his impact on the English game as a player and in the same year he was named in the BBC's list of the 100 Greatest Britons.


Bobby Moore attended Westbury Primary School Barking then Tom Hood School, Leytonstone, playing football for both.


In 1956, Bobby Moore joined West Ham United as a player and, after advancing through their youth set-up, he played his first game on 8 September 1958 against Manchester United.


At international level, Bobby Moore played for the England national youth team.


Bobby Moore played cricket for the Essex youth team alongside Hurst.


Malcolm Allison never played another first team game for West Ham as Bobby Moore became a regular.


Bobby Moore was sent off once over the course of his West Ham career, for a foul on Dave Wagstaffe in the final moment of a match against Manchester City in November 1961.


In 1960, Bobby Moore earned a call up to the England Under-23 squad.


On 29 May 1963,22-year-old Bobby Moore captained his country for the first time in just his 12th appearance after the retirement of Johnny Haynes and an injury to his successor, Jimmy Armfield.


Bobby Moore was the youngest man ever to captain England at the highest level.


For Bobby Moore, who had scored in the first leg, and his West Ham teammates Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters, considerable consolation lay ahead.


Bobby Moore scored his second and ultimately final England goal in a friendly against Norway, two weeks before the World Cup would begin.


Bobby Moore had let his contract slip to termination, and only after the intervention of Sir Alf Ramsey and realisation he was technically ineligible to play, did he re-sign with West Ham to allow him to captain the England team of 1966.


Bobby Moore was the leader of the World Cup winning side and established himself as a world-class player and sporting icon.


Bobby Moore had not been playing badly, nor had he given the impression that he had been distracted by his contract dispute prior to the competition.


Bobby Moore was fouled by Wolfgang Overath midway inside the German half and, rather than remonstrate or head back into defence, he picked himself up quickly while looking ahead and delivered an instant free kick on to Hurst's head, in a movement practised at West Ham.


The Guardian wrote "Bobby Moore is the calmest person in the stadium as he leads the England players up to the Royal Box".


Bobby Moore became a national icon as a consequence of England's success, with he and the other two West Ham players taking the World Cup around the grounds which West Ham visited during the following domestic season.


Bobby Moore was awarded the coveted BBC Sports Personality of the Year title at the end of 1966, the first footballer to do so, and remaining the only one for a further 24 years.


Bobby Moore was given an OBE in the New Year Honours List.


England, as champions, did not have to qualify for the next World Cup, and Bobby Moore remained the first name on Ramsey's team sheet, winning his 78th cap prior to the squad's flight to South America for a short period of altitude-acclimatisation, before going on to the finals in Mexico.


Bobby Moore then travelled with the England team to play another match against Ecuador in Quito.


Diplomatic pressure, plus the obvious weakness of the evidence, eventually saw the case dropped entirely, and an exonerated Bobby Moore returned to Mexico to rejoin the squad and prepare for the World Cup.


Bobby Moore received a guard of honour from his squad when he arrived at the team hotel.


Bobby Moore went on to play a leading role in England's progress through their group.


Coincidentally, Bobby Moore was featured on TV as the subject on This Is Your Life the night before.


Brian Glanville stated that it was not uncommon for Bobby Moore to drink heavily, but he was often seen training with West Ham the next day, working off the alcohol he had consumed the night before.


Bobby Moore surpassed West Ham's appearances record in 1973 when he played for the club for the 509th time.


Later the same year, Bobby Moore was exposed defensively by Poland in a qualifier for the 1974 World Cup in Chorzow, deflecting a free kick past goalkeeper Peter Shilton to put the home side ahead, and then losing possession to Wlodzimierz Lubanski, who scored the second.


Bobby Moore's form had dipped enough for Ramsey to choose not to select him for the return game at Wembley which England had to win to qualify.


Bobby Moore later told how he sat alongside Ramsey on the bench and kept urging him to make a substitution, but Ramsey was hesitant to do so.


When Kevin Hector finally did come on for Martin Chivers after 85 minutes Bobby Moore could be seen on TV yanking down Hector's tracksuit bottoms while Ramsey sat immobile.


Bobby Moore became England's most capped player, beating Bobby Charlton's record by two appearances, and equalled Billy Wright's record of 90 appearances as captain.


Bobby Moore had a better head on his shoulders than any of the others, and even though he was coming towards the end of his career when he joined Fulham, he was still a great player and a tremendous asset.


Bobby Moore played his last game for West Ham in an FA Cup tie against Hereford United in January 1974.


Bobby Moore played his final professional game in England for Fulham on 14 May 1977 against Blackburn Rovers.


Bobby Moore retired from playing professionally in 1978, and had a short relatively unsuccessful spell in football management at Eastern AA in Hong Kong, Oxford City and Southend United.


Bobby Moore agreed to serve on the board of the club and held this role until his death.


Bobby Moore joined London radio station Capital Gold as a football analyst and commentator in 1990.


Bobby Moore's supporters said that the Football Association could have given a role to him, as the only Englishman to captain a FIFA World Cup winning team or given him an ambassadorial role.


Bobby Moore attended a dinner after the match and made a presentation.


Bobby Moore was the first member of the England World Cup winning side to die, the next being Alan Ball 14 years later.


Bobby Moore's funeral was held on 2 March 1993 at Putney Vale crematorium and his ashes kept in the plot of his father, Robert Edward and his mother, Doris Joyce at City of London Cemetery and Crematorium.


Bobby Moore was only the second sportsman to be so honoured, the first being West Indies cricketer Sir Frank Worrell.


The Bobby Moore Fund is a charity in the United Kingdom, formed in 1993 by Stephanie Moore, and Cancer Research UK in memory of her late husband to raise money for research into bowel cancer and public awareness of the disease.


Bobby Moore was made an inaugural inductee of the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002 in recognition of his impact on the English game as a player.


The south bank at West Ham's ground up until 2016, the Boleyn Ground in Upton Park, was named the Bobby Moore Stand shortly after Moore's death.


When West Ham moved to the London Stadium in 2016, a stand at the north end of the stadium was redesignated as the Bobby Moore Stand, and was officially opened as such before a pre-season friendly match against Italian side Juventus.


On Friday 11 May 2007, a statue of Bobby Moore was unveiled by Sir Bobby Charlton outside the entrance of the newly reconstructed Wembley Stadium as the "finishing touch" to the project, with the stadium officially opening on Saturday 19 May with the staging of the 2007 FA Cup Final.


The twice life-size bronze statue, sculpted by Jackson, depicts Bobby Moore looking down Wembley Way.


On 26 July 2016, Bobby Moore became the first footballer to be honoured with an English Heritage Blue Plaque outside his home.


Bobby Moore is one of the company's six "British tail fin heroes", joining Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, children's author Roald Dahl, pioneering pilot Amy Johnson, novelist Jane Austen and aviation entrepreneur Freddie Laker.


In 2018, Bobby Moore was added as an icon to the Ultimate Team in EA Sports' FIFA video game FIFA 19.


Bobby Moore appeared in the 1981 film Escape to Victory, as Terry Brady, and in cameo roles, as himself, in several episodes of Till Death Do Us Part, including one of its spin-off films The Alf Garnett Saga.


Tina and Bobby, a television drama series about Tina and Bobby Moore's relationship, was broadcast on ITV in January 2017, and repeated in August 2020 and June 2021.


The part of Bobby Moore is played by Lorne MacFadyen.


Bobby Moore publicly supported Margaret Thatcher at the 1979 general election.