Tuesday, February 26, 2013
20 YEARS AFTER: WEST HAM PAYS TRIBUTE LEGEND BOBBY MOORE AS GRANDCHILDREN LEADS PROCEEDING AT UPTON PARK
Grandchildren of England's 1966 World winning captain Bobby Moore led the teams out before West Ham entertained Tottenham in the Barclays Premier League at Upton
Park on Monday night as his former club marked the 20th anniversary of his death.
Twenty one years old, Sixteen years old Poppy Freddie and 13-year-old Ava placed the ball on the spot for the kick-off and fans of both clubs provided an impeccably-observed minute's applause for the late West Ham legend who died of cancer aged 51 on February 24, 1993.
West Ham fans also held aloft cards making up a mosaic reading 'Moore 6'.
West Ham also made a special tribute to Moore on their shirts, with the words: ‘Bobby Moore OBE, 20 YEARS GONE, NEVER FORGOTTEN’ stitched on the front.
Hammers stars were seen training in shirts paying tribute to Moore last week.
A 100-page programme was also on sale with 50p from each one sold going towards the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK.
Moore's family, club officials and supporters gathered to pay tribute on Sunday with his former West Ham and World Cup-winning team-mate Martin Peters and club co-chairman David Gold attending a wreath-laying ceremony at the World Cup 'Champions' statue near West Ham's ground.
'He was our England World Cup-winning captain, but also more personally for all of us here at West Ham, a legend at our club and always will be,' Gold said.
'It was great to see so many West Ham fans turn out in what was bitterly cold weather. But they wanted to pay their respects to a man we hold very dear at this club.'
Moore played 646 times for West Ham between 1958 and 1974, leading them to victory in the 1964 FA Cup final and 1965 European Cup Winners' Cup final.
However, Tottenham spoilt the fun as they won the game 3-2 thanks to a late wonderstrike from Gareth Bale.