Tuesday, February 26, 2013

20 YEARS AFTER: WEST HAM PAYS TRIBUTE LEGEND BOBBY MOORE AS GRANDCHILDREN LEADS PROCEEDING AT UPTON PARK

Emotional night: Moore's grandchildren Poppy (left) Freddie (centre) and Ava (right) lead West Ham and Spurs out 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'.
Six of the best: Fans lifted cards to unveil a mosaic reading 'Moore 6'

West Ham

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.

Minute's applause: Fans and players remembered Moore before the start of the game

Hammers stars were seen training in shirts paying tribute to Moore last week.
Emotional night: Moore's grandchildren Poppy (left) Freddie (centre) and Ava (right) lead West Ham and Spurs out at Upton Park

A 100-page programme was also on sale with 50p from each one sold going towards the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK.
Watching brief: Moore's daughter Roberta and his grandchildren watch on from the sidelines
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.
Tribute: Martin Peters laid a wreath at the 'legends' statue as Moore's family watched on

'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.
Bobby Moore

'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.'

Club legend: Bobby Moore played over 500 games for West Ham
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.

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