Bobby Moore honoured with Blue Plaque

The man who captained England to World Cup glory today became the first footballer to be honoured with a blue plaque.

A boy from barking

A blue plaque for the first and only England football captain to lift the World Cup was unveiled today at the player's childhood home in Barking, East London, where he first joined the sport and developed into a talented young player. Present for the occasion were Football Manager Harry Redknapp, and Moore's daughter Roberta, who unveiled the plaque.

West Ham United Vice-Chairman Karren Brady, also attending, said of the player:

"We are absolutely delighted that Bobby is being honoured in this fashion. Not only is he a true sporting icon, but, without question, West Ham's favourite son.

"It is our duty and pleasure, as custodians of the Club, to honour his memory in every way we can and, with the Bobby Moore Stand, the exquisite BM6 Lounge and his iconic No6 shirt, we will always continue to do so at our new home.

"Bobby is the ultimate local boy done good and so it's particularly poignant that English Heritage should celebrate his life and magnificent career just along the road, at his childhood home in Barking, where it all began for a young Bobby."

Moore's daughter, Roberta, added:

"I know my father would be truly humbled and deeply touched today. This blue plaque is a wonderful tribute in recognition of his achievements for our country in this special year and the high esteem in which he is held."

From west ham to world cup victory

At the age of just 16, Bobby Moore joined West Ham United, and signed professionally a year later on an initial wage of £12 per week. The club's talent scout at the time reported that "whilst he would not set the world alight, this boy certainly impressed me with tenacity and industry." Moore made the first of his 647 appearances for the club on 8 September 1958, and by 1960 was a regular fixture in the team.

Four years later, in 1964, Moore captained his club to victory in the FA Cup Final at Wembley, and repeated the feat in the European Cup Winners' Cup the following season. His finest moment, for which Moore is most remembered, came in 1966, when he led England to a thrilling 4-2 win over West Germany to become World Cup champions on home soil. The image of Moore wiping his muddy hands before receiving the Jules Rimet trophy from the Queen remains a symbol of the historic occasion.


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