On this day - 12 April


Bobby Moore
Born: 12 April 1941
Clubs: West Ham United, Fulham, San Antonio Thunder, Seattle Sounders, Herning Fremad

Bobby Moore OBE, West Ham United's most famous player and England's 1966 World Cup-winning captain was born on 12 April 1941. The central defender made 646 league and cup appearances for the Hammers, scoring 27 goals.

Born in Barking, Moore made his debut for his local club in a 3-2 win over Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground as a 17-year-old on 8 September 1958. It was the start of a glittering career that is remembered by football fans the world over.

As a West Ham player, Moore lifted the FA Cup in 1964 and the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1965. A year later, he was back at Wembley to complete an unforgettable hat-trick by lifting the Jules Rimet Trophy following England's 4-2 victory over West Germany.

Moore would go on to star at the 1970 World Cup finals in Mexico before moving to Fulham, for whom he played against the Hammers in the 1975 FA Cup final. Following his retirement, Moore moved first into management and then into the world of broadcasting before his life was cut short by cancer in February 1993. He was just 51.

Since his passing on 24 February 1993, Moore's widow Stephanie has worked tirelessly to raise awareness and to fund research into bowel cancer by founding the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK.

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.

Classic match

West Ham United 3-2 Chelsea
Division One
12 April 1965

Bobby Moore celebrated his 24th birthday in style, playing his part in a 3-2 win at home to Chelsea at the Boleyn Ground. World Cup hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst struck twice, while John Sissons also scored for the home side in a victory that lifted the Hammers three places up to ninth.

Four days later, West Ham famously put six past West Bromwich Albion, with Brian Dear bagging his memorable five-goal haul in just 21 minutes either side of half time.

This 3-2 win saw the Hammers complete a league double over the west-Londoners, after a comprehensive 3-0 triumph at Stamford Bridge in November 1964. Defeat, meanwhile, for then leaders Chelsea derailed their title campaign, as they lost four of their final six fixtures to finish third behind Leeds United and champions Manchester United.

Ron Greenwood's West Ham, however, enjoyed a fine conclusion to the campaign, recording a wholly respectable ninth-placed finish, before lifting aloft the European Cup Winners' Cup at Wembley in May.

Complete record - 12 April

1924 West Ham United 3-1 Preston North End (Division One)
1930 Sunderland 4-2 West Ham United (Division One)
1947 West Ham United 4-0 Southampton (Division Two)
1952 Everton 2-0 West Ham United (Division Two)
1954 West Ham United 2-2 Stoke City (Division Two)
1958 Cardiff City 0-3 Cardiff City (Division Two)
1963 West Ham United 1-3 Ipswich Town (Division One)
1965 West Ham United 3-2 Chelsea (Division One)
1968 West Ham United 3-0 Nottingham Forest (Division One)
1969 West Ham United 0-0 Chelsea (Division One)
1974 West Ham United 4-1 Southampton (Division One)
1975 Derby County 1-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1986 West Ham United 3-1 Oxford United (Division One)
1988 West Ham United 0-1 Arsenal (Division One)
1997 Southampton 2-0 West Ham United (Premier League)
2000 West Ham United 2-1 Newcastle United (Premier League)
2003 West Ham United 2-2 Aston Villa (Premier League)
2004 Crystal Palace 1-0 West Ham United (Division One)
2008 Bolton Wanderers 1-0 West Ham United (Premier League)

Played 19, Won 8, Drawn 3, Lost 8, Scored 32, Conceded 25