England Football Cap
BOBBY MOORE O.B.E.
A handful of footballers are held in high esteem by World football supporters and public alike, and without doubt, Bobby Moore is one of them. His grace and poise as part of the last line of defence for England throughout the 1960s and 70s is perhaps best represented when he captained the English national side to their one and only World Cup Tournament win in 1966. His elegance and flair when going forward was countered by his grit and sheer determination, not to mention skill when he had to defend against the World's most famous strikers - who will ever forget his performance against the Brazilian striker Pele in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico?
Born in Barking, Essex on 12th April 1941, Robert Frederick Chelsea Moore played for his local school teams Tom Hood School, Leyton, Barking & Leyton Schools and Barking Youth Club before joining West Ham United as an amateur early in 1958. He turned professional with "The Hammers" in June 1958 and made his League debut for them against Manchester United on September 8th 1958 in a match which West Ham United won 3-2. Moore played exceptionally well in his debut for the club but was brought down to earth three days later when he and his team-mates travelled to Nottingham Forest and the East End side were defeated 4-0. Moore hardly played for West Ham United again that season and it wasn't until the arrival of Ron Greenwood as manager in 1961 that Moore was given the chance that would bring him outstanding success at both club and international level for the rest of the decade. Prior to joining Fulham in March of 1974 for a fee of £25,000, Moore made a then record 642 League and Cup appearances for West Ham United.
Moore's introduction to playing for England at full international level was something of a surprise to him when he was brought in as cover for Bobby Robson by the then England manager Walter Winterbottom in the pre-World Cup Tour match against Peru on 20th May 1962. The following year during Alf Ramsey's first season as manager of the national team Moore switched to centre-half and became captain of the national side in only his 12th international appearance. Moore was a natural leader for both club and country and it is thought that he is England's youngest-ever captain. His relationship with his manager Ramsey began to flourish and both had the highest regard and utmost respect for each other. Ramsey was an ex-international himself and had appeared for England on 32 occasions and had managed Ipswich Town for seven years taking them from the Third Division to the First Division, winning the Second and First Division titles in successive seasons. He was also part of the famous Tottenham Hotspur 'push-and-run' team of the late 1940s/early 50s and was known as "The General" at White Hart Lane. Moore's rise to international stardom was set in stone as he played a record 18 times for the England Youth Team prior to making eight under-23 international appearances before making his full debut for his country.
During the 1960's and early 1970s Moore made 12 appearances for The Football League on top of his then England international appearance record of 108 (the previous record had been the 106 attained by Bobby Charlton between 1958 and 1970).
If Moore's mentor at international level was Ramsey, then at club level it was Ron Greenwood (who himself became England manager in 1977). They may not have seen eye-to-eye in a personal sense but both thought highly of each other in a professional capacity which saw the master of strategy (Greenwood) using his captain to United's advantage in both the 1964 F.A. Cup final win against Preston North End and the European Cup-Winners' Cup win the following year, again played at Wembley when United defeated the firm favourites Munich 1860 2-0. Moore's hat-trick of back-to-back Wembley appearances was completed the following year with England's triumph in the 1966 World Cup final. The mid-1960s proved, without doubt, to be the best year's of Moore's professional career. Not only did he captain club and country to the domestic, European and international awards already mentioned, but on a personal level he was awarded the Football Writers' Footballer of the Year Trophy in 1964; he was presented with a solid gold trophy as Player of the World in 1966, followed by the Football Writers' Association "Player of Players" Trophy for captaining the England team to their 1966 World Cup Success. The BBC Sportsview Personality of the Year followed and in 1967 Moore was awarded the OBE. However, in 1973 he was awarded a large silver and enamel inlaid salver measuring almost 17" in diameter which was presented to him by The Football Association as one of only a handful of players to make 100 appearances for England.
The above cap represents Moore's 6th International appearance. In the match played on 3rd October 1962 at Hillsborough, England and France drew the match 1-1
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