Philip Jackson is the sculptor whose works of Bobby Moore stand outside the Boleyn Ground and Wembley Stadium.

Jackson is a renowned sculptor with an outstanding international reputation. Born in Inverness in 1944, Jackson now lives and works in West Sussex. He was appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2009.

As well as his two fine works depicting Bobbby Moore, Jackson has also sculpted public works of 1966 FIFA World Cup-winning manager Sir Alf Ramsey, Manchester United trio George Best, Bobby Charlton and Denis Law, King George VI and HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

In an exclusive interview with West Ham United, Jackson discusses the process behind his two magnificent sculptures of the late, great Hammers and England captain:

"The first Bobby Moore statue I worked on was the one at West Ham. It was to celebrate the 1966 World Cup victory, with Bobby as captain. It's based on an iconic photograph, showing three of the players holding Bobby aloft.

"As Bobby was unfortunately no longer with us, we were relying on photographs to make sure his features were correct. West Ham were very helpful with supplying images from their archive, and Bobby's widow Stephanie too.

"When you're working on a piece, you start by identifying your audience. In this case there were three - the panel who have put forward the commission, who you work very closely with, the people involved, in this case Stephanie, who would see them differently from the panel, and the fans too, who would have a very high appreciation of what he looked like.

Bobby Moore sculpture

The Champions sculpture stands on the Barking Road

"This piece was one from a snapshot in time, and when you're working from photos they often span a greater period. The difficulty was that there aren't too many of the players involved from before, and although there are plenty from the event and afterwards, ideally you have photographs very close up as you're producing a stature nine feet tall with their head one-and-a-half times real size. You can't fudge the details.

"I was lucky that Stephanie provided such great access to photos from her own archive as they were a huge help.

"The other detail you need to get right is the kit - it changes all the time and if you get it wrong there are hundreds of experts out there who will point it out, so I had to study that very closely too.

"Having been commissioned for the piece at West Ham, that was helpful when it came to the Wembley one. There was a public poll to decide which iconic football figure would be standing in front of the new Wembley Stadium, and more than 50 per cent said Bobby Moore.

"For this one there was a super panel, which included the architects of the stadium itself, the Chairman of the FA and the other football authorities. They were of the mindset that they would be telling us what to do, but I was of the mind that I would do my study into the subject and then tell them what I thought appropriate.

"That involved giving all the people on the super panel a ring, hearing what they thought about Bobby and finding out what it was that stood out about him.

Bobby Moore sculpture

The Bobby Moore Statue stands proudly outside Wembley Stadium

"It became clear that he wasn't the fastest footballer, although he was captain he wasn't a shouter, and he wasn't a goalscorer. But he was a leader, who gave the confidence to his team-mates to win. I found that very interesting, along with the fact that as a defender he was a very difficult man to get past. He was a player who was always thinking and that was why I wanted to show him deep in thought, as a determined, thoughtful tactician.

"The fact there are statues commemorating Bobby at both the Boleyn Ground and Wembley is fantastic, because his is an image which is seen by so many people at both venues and his story is one which will live on. He's the only England captain to lift a FIFA World Cup, and that remains a massive high point in English football.

"Bobby was so popular and liked by the public, and it has been an honour to build up a picture of him in my own mind, from researching his story so deeply and getting to know people who knew him. We have images of him at both the Boleyn Ground and Wembley that will last for 100 or 200 years and that's fantastic."

*For more about Philip Jackson's work, click here.

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