Boleyn Memories - Roberta Moore

Roberta Moore has special memories of the Boleyn Ground and seeing her father Bobby become one of the greatest ever players to have performed for the east London club.

This week marked 23 years since the former England World Cup winning captain sadly passed away but he will never be forgotten at West Ham United.

The 1960's themed game against Sunderland on Saturday sees a number of Bobby's former team-mates make a return to the Boleyn Ground and Roberta says it promises to be a special day as she looks back at some magical memories.

Roberta said: “I remember on Saturday lunch-time dad would have a steak at home and then we would wave him off to the game. We always parked in the same parking spot and everyone was so friendly. It felt like we were going home.

“We would always sit in the same three seats and keep our eyes on dad the entire time.

“He would lift his arm up and give us a secret wave every match – at half-time we would always go downstairs to the wives lounge and I don't think I ever made the second half!

“My dad used to own the shop directly opposite the ground and I had a Saturday job so along with my cousins we would sit outside selling rosettes and we used to work there during half-term.

“On Christmas Day the training would be at the ground and I also used to sweep the terraces and help the groundsman. I don't think my mum was too impressed when I used to come home grubby.

“The ground has lots of memories for me and it is where my father spend the majority of his career. For us a family it is all about West Ham United. I feel a lot of warmth from everyone at the club.

“I remember when my father passed away it was very special seeing all the flowers and tributes and it is a very special place.

“I remember coming over for the 20th anniversary and when everyone lifted up the Bobby Moore cards and had the number six shirt I felt that my dad was here!

“I will be back for the Sunderland game on Saturday and it will be very special to see the players from the 1960's again. To be moving onto the new Stadium is a fantastic opportunity and I am sure my father would be 100 per cent behind the move.”