Tribute To The Boys Of '66

West Ham United and Newham Council today unveiled plans for a lasting tribute to England's 1966 World Cup winning team - a bronze sculpture depicting the triumph of 35 years ago. 
Plans for the four tonne bronze sculpture, a joint project between the Club and the Council, were unveiled today in the presence of '66 heroes Sir Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters and Ray Wilson.

Called 'Champions', the sculpture will depict former Hammers and England captain, the late Bobby Moore, showing off the famous trophy with Hurst, Peters and Wilson.

The sculpture is being crafted by renowned British artist Philip Jackson, who produced the famous Matt Busby sculpture at Old Trafford, home of Manchester United.

Due to be completed in June 2002, the 'Champions' sculpture will stand over four metres high and is expected to become a mecca for football fans. It will be situated at the junction of Barking Road and Green Street in Newham.  
Sir Robin Wales, Leader of Newham Council said: "Winning the world cup in 1966 was a momentous achievement for the whole of England. This sculpture is a truly fantastic tribute to a team and three players in particular, who are respected throughout the world and have a very strong connection with Newham."

West Ham United Chairman Terence Brown said: "The image of Bobby Moore and his team mates holding the World Cup is ingrained in the nation's memory. It was a defining moment in both England's and West Ham's history and is an inspiration for us all."