Happy Birthday Bobby

West Ham United and England legend Bobby Moore OBE would have celebrated his 71st birthday today.

Moore, who lifted the FA Cup in 1964 and European Cup Winners' Cup 1965, rose to football immortality when he became England's World Cup winning captain in 1966, receiving the Jules Rimet Trophy after Hammers team-mates Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters had scored the goals that led their country to a 4-2 win over West Germany at Wembley.

A year later, Moore was made an OBE.

Born in Barking on 12 April 1941, Moore played 108 times for his country and made 646 appearances for West Ham. During his career, the elegant central defender earned a reputation for being one of the finest players in the world.

An enduring image of Moore is that of him embracing the great Brazilian forward Pele following the 1970 World Cup match in Guadalajara, Mexico, which Brazil won 1-0.

Tragically, Moore died from bowel cancer on 24 February 1993 at the age of 51.

After his death, his widow, Stephanie Moore MBE, set up the Bobby Moore Fund as part of Cancer Research UK, to raise money for research in his memory.

Since the charity's formation, the fund has raised well over £10m in the fight against a disease that claims thousands of lives in the UK every year.

The Bobby Moore Fund raises vital funds for research into bowel cancer and works to increase public awareness of the disease. To find out more about the Bobby Moore Fund and how you can support its work, please click here.