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15 Adorable Truths On Bobby Moore

1. Robert Frederick Chelsea “Bobby” Moore OBE was an English professional footballer.

2. He captained West Ham United for more than ten years and was captain of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup.

3. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest defenders of all time, and was cited by Pelé as the greatest defender that he had ever played against. Moore is a member of the World Team of the 20th Century.

4. He won a total of 108 caps for the England team, which at the time of his international retirement in 1973 was a national record.

5. He attended Westbury Primary School and Tom Hood School, Leytonstone, playing football for both schools.

6. In 1956, Moore joined West Ham United as a player and, after advancing through their youth set-up, he played his first game on 8 September 1958 against Manchester United. In putting on the number six shirt, he replaced his mentor Malcolm Allison, who was suffering from tuberculosis.

7. Allison never played another first team game for West Ham nor indeed any other First Division game as Moore became a regular.

8. A composed central defender, Moore was admired for his reading of the game and ability to anticipate opposition movements, thereby distancing himself from the image of the hard-tackling, high-jumping defender.

9. Bobby Moore also played county cricket for the Essex youth team alongside fellow West Ham player Geoff Hurst.

10. In 1960, Moore earned a call up to the England Under-23 squad.

11. Also débuting that day was Tottenham Hotspur defender Maurice Norman.

12. On 29 May 1963, 22-year-old Moore captained his country for the first time in just his 12th appearance after the retirement of Johnny Haynes and an injury to his successor, Jimmy Armfield.

13. He was the youngest man ever to captain England at the highest level.

14. England defeated Czechoslovakia 4–2 in the game and Armfield returned to the role of captain afterwards, but new coach Alf Ramsey gave Moore the job permanently during a series of summer friendlies in 1964, organised because England had failed to reach the latter stages of the European Championships.

15. As well as gaining the England captaincy, he lifted the FA Cup as West Ham defeated Preston North End 3–2 in the final at Wembley, courtesy of a last-minute goal from Ronnie Boyce.

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