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2013-02-23T12:00:00 Updated 2015-02-19T01:15:06

'I was in awe of Bobby'

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.

Paul Heffer grew up watching Bobby Moore in the West Ham United side and then was honoured to partner the No6 at centre half for the Hammers.

WATCH PAUL HEFFER'S WEST HAM TV INTERVIEW

He told West Ham TV: "I was in awe of him as soon as I joined the club. I had supported West Ham since I was four - I was born near the ground, we used to walk to the games, and Bobby Moore was my hero. I had his pictures on the wall and then was fortunate enough to actually play alongside him.

"It was quite nervewracking to be honest, but I had trained alongside him previously. He was very good to the young players who came into the side. Before my debut, he just said 'go and enjoy it - it's a game of football, go and enjoy it'.

"That's what you tried to do. Nerves did sometimes take over when you were that young, but he always would support you and if you made a mistake he would lift you up and say 'get on with it, go for the next one'."

All this week and over the weekend, West Ham TV brings 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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