Twenty years ago this Sunday, West Ham United and England's greatest-ever defender passed away.

Bobby Moore OBE, the first Hammers captain to lift the FA Cup and the only man to skipper England to FIFA World Cup glory, was just 51 when he lost his battle with bowel cancer in February 1993.

In a week-long tribute to Moore, the official website, West Ham TV and the Official Programme for the Barclays Premier League visit of Tottenham Hotspur on Monday 25 February will feature a series of interviews and features paying homage to West Ham's No6.

Les Strong was a defensive colleague of Bobby's at Fulham and he credits the success he had in west London to the help he received from Moore.


He told West Ham TV: "It was brilliant when he was here [at Fulham]. A great man, as everyone knows, and a great player, as everyone knows, but so humble. The mild success that I had was all down to him really, playing alongside him.

"I played in the whole of the 1974/75 season. We played eleven games to get to Wembley, still a record and I played in every one of those games apart from the final. Unfortunately I got injured two weeks before and missed the big day. When it was confirmed I wouldn't be playing Bobby came up to me and said if he could change places with me he would. That was a nice little touch.

"It was amazing playing alongside Bobby. As a full-back, technically, you shouldn't be too far advanced of your centre-half. I would actually stand on the halfway line and get one ball from him and I was attacking. People used to think I was a great attacking full-back, but when he left I don't think I went over the half-way line."

This week, West Ham TV will bring you interviews with those who knew Moore best, including his daughter Roberta and his former West Ham, Fulham and England team-mates.

A special 100-page commemorative Official Programme is also being published for the visit of Spurs, complete with exclusive interviews with West Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer, broadcaster Jonathan Pearce and many, many more. To order your copy online now, click here.

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