Bobby's stamp of approval

Bobby Moore OBE has been immortalised by the Royal Mail as part of a new set of stamps issued to mark the 150th anniversary of Football Association rules being established.

The Football Heroes first class stamps were illustrated by the artist Andrew Kinsman and show the stars in their home country's strip.

West Ham United legend Moore, who became the first and only England captain to lift the FIFA World Cup in 1966, is one of eleven players featured from across all four Home Nations.

A description of Moore, who died 20 years ago this month, explained: "The most composed of defenders, Bobby Moore was a loyal servant at West Ham United for 16 years. Moore attained idol status at the east London club, while his place in the nation's affections was cemented for all time when he captained England to World Cup glory in 1966."

Moore's former Hammers team-mate and fellow World Cup winner Jimmy Greaves is also selected, as are 1966 heroes Gordon Banks and Bobby Charlton.

Charlton's fellow Manchester United greats Denis Law of Scotland and George Best of Northern Ireland, as well as Red Devils legend and one-time England captain Bryan Robson.

FA director of football development and West Ham legend Sir Trevor Brooking welcomed the new issue. He said: "It is fantastic that that Royal Mail has honoured a whole team of these heroes from across the United Kingdom."

Football Heroes

The Football Heroes XI featuring Bobby Moore (front row, third from left)

Andrew Hammond of Royal Mail added: "The stamps celebrate heroes of the beautiful game who excelled on the pitch at club and national level and are rightly considered icons of the sport."

The Football Heroes XI is completed by Leeds United and Wales great John Charles, Derby County and Scotland captain Dave Mackay and Liverpool and England greats Kevin Keegan and John Barnes.

The stamps will be available nationwide from Thursday 9 May.

West Ham will mark the 20th anniversary of the passing of Hammers and England legend Moore at the Barclays Premier League fixture with Tottenham Hotspur.

The Hammers' 1964 FA Cup and 1965 European Cup Winners' Cup-winning captain passed away at the age of 51 on 24 February 1993 following a dignified battle with bowel cancer.

To honour his memory, a wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the Heroes statue on the corner of Green Street and Barking Road at 11am on Sunday 24 February. There, club officials will pay their respects on the 20th anniversary of Moore's death.

The following evening, at West Ham's home match with Spurs on Monday 25 February, a series of special events are planned to commemorate the life of the man who skippered England to FIFA World Cup glory in July 1966.

A host of Moore's contemporaries have been invited to attend as special guests of the club, including fellow World Cup winners and West Ham team-mates Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst, and five-times Hammer of the Year Sir Trevor Brooking.

Prior to kick-off, a minute's applause will be held in memory of the man who made 544 appearances for the Hammers between 1958 and 1974.

Supporters sitting 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 by the club in August 2008 to mark the 50th anniversary of the defender's West Ham debut.

The Match is also one of this seasons 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 for the occasion, including exclusive memories of Moore from those who knew him best, on and off the pitch. Priced at £4, a donation of 50 pence from the sale of each programme will be made to the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK.

A bucket collection will also be held at the Boleyn Ground to allow supporters to make their own personal donations to the charity founded in Moore's memory devoted to fighting the disease that took his life. The West Ham squad will also warm-up in Bobby Moore Fund T-shirts before kick-off to create awareness for the charity and the first team players will sign the shirts they play in on the night in order that they can be auctioned to further boost the club's fundraising total for the charity.

West Ham TV and will publish a series of exclusive videos and interviews in the lead-up to the anniversary, including memories of the great man from those who knew him best.