Bobby Moore - Gone but never forgotten

The greatest player to ever wear the Claret and Blue would have been 78 today.

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

Moore was born in Barking on 12 April 1941, making 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 fondly 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.

Bobby Moore, gone but never forgotten.

Bobby was voted the Greatest Hammer in our rundown of the top 50 last summer - read more here