In memory of Moore

Thursday 24 February 2011 marks the 18th anniversary of the passing of West Ham United's greatest ever player - Bobby Moore OBE.

Thoughts have naturally turned to his crowning glory - when he lifted the Jules Rimet Trophy for England at Wembley in the 1966 final - while the club continues to enjoy a strong relationship with the charity founded in his name, the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK.

Born in Barking in April 1941, the accomplished centre-back made his debut for the Hammers in a 3-2 Division One win over Manchester United on 8 September 1958 - when he was just 17.

Moore would go on to captain West Ham to FA Cup glory in 1964 and a European Cup Winners' Cup triumph 12 months later.

Then came July 1966, when he captained an England side containing fellow Hammers Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters in their 4-2 victory over West Germany in the World Cup final at Wembley.

In total, Moore would make 644 first-team appearances for West Ham between 1958 and 1974, scoring 27 goals.


He would go on to play for Fulham - appearing in the 1975 FA Cup final defeat by his old club - before moving to the United States and representing San Antonio Thunder and Seattle Sounders.

At international level, Moore appeared at two World Cup finals tournaments, starring in 1966 and 1970, when he enjoyed a famous battle with Brazilian legend Pele.

Tragically, the elegant defender was taken ill with bowel cancer, succumbing to the disease on the morning of 24 February 1993 - he was just 51.

Thousands of supporters turned out at the Boleyn Ground to mark his passing, turning the stadium into a shrine to their former hero, while a memorial service was held at Westminster Abbey attended by the members of England's 1966 World Cup-winning team.

A short time later, the South Bank end at the Boleyn Ground was renamed in Moore's memory.

Since his death, Moore's widow Stephanie founded the Bobby Moore Fund, raising more than £10m in funds for research into a cure for the disease that took her husband's life.

In 2002, Moore was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame while, in May 2007, a statue of the great man was erected outside the new Wembley Stadium.