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.

Goalkeeper Phil Parkes made 344 league appearances for the Hammers between 1979-1990, and although his time at the Boleyn Ground didn't coincide with Bobby's, he has fond memories from an appearance.alongside him in a match in 1970.


He told West Ham TV: "Bobby was still playing for England when I first got into the squad, so we were in a lot of those squads together.

"The only time I actually played with him though was way back in 1970 when I signed for QPR. I got called very late to play in a testimonial game at Reading for Dennis Allen, who was Martin Allen's father. It was a London XI v a Reading XI and I think Gerry Francis, myself and Dave Clement got pulled in as young lads to fill places.

"I was only 19 or 20 years old - and four years earlier I'd been watching Bobby Moore lift the World Cup, with everyone else at Wembley - and he was the first person who came over as I walked into the dressing room.

"He put his hand out and said 'hello, who are you? I'm Bobby Moore'. I almost wanted to say 'what are you introducing yourself to me for because everyone knows who you are', but that's the kind of person he was. He'd come over to chat to you and he put us really at ease, even though we were playing with some real superstars. He was an amazing person."

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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