IT was a bittersweet moment for former West Ham United striker Brian Dear, who joined supporters at wreath-laying service to mark the 20th anniversary of Bobby Moore's death on Sunday.
Dear, a close friend of Moore as well as having played with him during the 1960s at the Boleyn Ground, said his former team-mate would have been very proud of the tributes being paid to him.
"Bob was man who didn't make a fuss or wanted a fuss. He truly would have been amazed I think at all the tributes being paid to him and how supporters and the club are remembering him. He would be very honoured.
"Credit to the West Ham supporters, the board and the club for remembering him in this way, he was a lovely man and great footballer, nothing pleases me more to see him remembered in this way."
Dear was a member of West Ham's 1964/65 European Cup Winners' Cup side and played countless times in the same team as Moore. With Dear joining the Hammers at the age of 15, he got to know Moore as a friend as well as a team-mate.
He will join other former team-mates this evening when the club pay tribute to Moore around the game with Tottenham Hotspur with the build-up starting from 7.40pm.
Tributes from current and former Hammers players will be screened in the run-up to the game, while the team will be playing in specially-embroidered shirts.
A host of Moore's contemporaries have been invited to attend as special guests of the club and there will be a minute's applause to remember Bobby. Supporters in the Bobby Moore Stand will also be invited to take part in displaying a special mosaic depicting Moore's famous claret and blue No6 shirt which was retired in August 2008 to mark the 50th anniversary of the defender's West Ham debut.
The match is also one of the designated Bobby Moore Fund matches and the fund will be the beneficiary of all charitable activity carried out at this fixture. A special 100-page Official Programme is also being produced, which includes exclusive memories of Moore from those who knew him best, on and off the pitch.
Dear is one of them and will be raising a glass to his late team-mate and remembering him.
"Just standing in the tunnel again, brings back memories for me when running out behind Mooro," reflects Dear. "I got to walk out behind him at Wembley which was great.
"A few of us old boys will be back tonight, to pay our respects at the game to Bob. We are all getting on a bit now, a few are not here anymore and are with Bob now.
"I am looking forward to it. It should make for a good game, a London derby with a packed crowd and great atmosphere. It is a fitting match to celebrate Bob.
"They talk about legends, but Bob was a proper legend. For me, he is the Hammer of all Hammers."