Profile Bobby Moore was a born leader and one of the greatest defenders in football history. In 1966 he captained and led England to the World Cup title at Wembley.
Moore was a product of the West Ham United football academy, those days usually and simply called juniors or apprentices. He went on to make a staggering 642 appearances for West Ham during an illustrious career, playing at first at right half, later as centre half or stopper. In 1964, at the age of 23, Moore was named the youngest ever English Footballer of the Year. That same year Moore picked up his first major silverware when he captained West Ham United to a 3-2 FA Cup final win against Preston. The following season, Moore was at the helm of West Ham United when they beat 1860 München 2-0 in the final of the 1965 Cup-Winners’ Cup.
However, his finest hours were yet to come. In 1966, he led England to the World Cup title at Wembley as captain of the team, beating West Germany, after extra time, 4-2 in the final. He was also voted the Cup’s Player of Players.
He captained England for a record 90 matches between 1963 and 1973. He was a great leader, never under pressure. He played for England 108 times. At West Ham he had two great England team-mates, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters, all three of them playing in that victorious World Cup final.
Bobby Moore died of cancer in 1993, at the age of 51. Franz Beckenbauer, an opponent in the 1966 World Cup Final, said: "Bobby was my football idol. I looked up to him. I was so proud to have played against him."