Anyone who talks about the history of English football cannot ignore Bobby Moore. In fact, you just have to wander around Wembley to understand the importance of the legendary London player in the Islands. A statue of six meters and two tons welcomes in the new version of the mythical stadium. The recognition, fully deserved, is also a clear tribute to that glorious July 30, 1966, in which the often and agile defense raised the world cup before thousands of people.
It was the first and the last, hence the symbolism and mythification of that image multiply as the year’s pass. In that picture, the protagonist is Moore, captain of that magnificent generation that formed the Bobby Charlton, Nobby Stiles or Geoffrey Hurst. It was the 1966 World Championship, the Eusebio Grand Prix, the England tournament before the public, that controversial goal in Hurst’s overtime in the final against Germany, the biggest day in Bobby Moore’s career.
Pelé called him “the best defense” he had faced
The leadership of the center was evident at that time. Its 108 international cities, only surpassed by Shilton and Beckham, attest. His game was based, unlike most defenses, on his agility and cunning. His physical deprivations forced him to remove the mental and Moore became a myth. By his way of reading the game, by his excellent sense of anticipation, he was all a safe and the leader on the pitch. The good guy from Pele already said: “It’s the best defense I’ve ever faced.”
With a fragile appearance and innocent face, the good Bobby was always looking forward to the intentions of his rival, but when he did not, also used to fail to go to the ground or even have to jump to stop a play above. Qualities that they also enjoyed at Upton Park. And it is that, at the level of clubs, Moore became a legend of the hammers. From his debut with 15 years to his farewell to the club of his loves with 31. 16 seasons and more than 500 games in the shirt grana that, although they were not very prolific regarding titles, if it was one of the golden times of the club London.
This is so that the only European West Ham title (if the Intertotode 1999 is omitted) was obtained during those years in which “The Academy of Football,” of which Moore was a part, managed to lift the Recopa after beating Munich 1860 in 1965. Also, one of the three FA Cups that have the hammers in its history and the only Community Shield in its almost 115 years of history. Then came four seasons at Fulham and a fleeting adventure in American football.
All the success that he obtained on the field was elusive outside him. Bad luck with the business, a marriage that ended bad and two types of cancer that ended up overthrowing him. The last, of the colon, took it in 1993. Its image raising the only Worldwide one of England, by contrast, will be eternal.