West Ham and English football paid tribute to iconic captain Bobby Moore on the 20th anniversary of his death, as the FA finally conceded regret over his treatment while he was alive. Hundreds of fans attended a wreath-laying ceremony at Moore's statue outside Upton Park, and the flag of St George was flown at half-mast for the Capital One Cup final at Wembley.
Moore, who led England to World Cup glory in 1966, was honoured 20 years to the day since he lost his battle with bowel cancer aged 51.
Celebration: Bobby Moore's daughter Roberta (fourth from left) with his grandchildren and West Ham owner David Gold and Martin Peters with shirt
Old friend: Peters walks past the statue as West Ham fans gather to pay tribute to their hero
Former club and international team-mate Martin Peters was joined by West Ham co-owner David Gold in setting down a claret and blue floral tribute in the design of Moore's No 6 shirt, as his daughter Roberta and granddaughters Poppy and Ava watched on. Another tribute depicting Moore's famous red England shirt was laid by his statue at Wembley in a ceremony attended by Sir Trevor Brooking, the FA's director of football development and former Upton Park hero.
Big day: Gold and Peters lead out the crowd at Upton Park (left) before they laid down the wreath for Moore
The tributes will continue tonight during West Ham's Barclays Premier League clash with Tottenham. Prior to kick-off, a minute's applause will be held and fans will also be asked to display a special mosaic.
The No 6 who was No 1: Moore's England shirt hangs next to West Ham tributes at the Upton Park gates
Touching: Wreaths were laid for Moore below the statue outside the ground
Moore, who won 108 caps at the heart of England's defence, only received an OBE during his lifetime rather than a knighthood and was never given any sort of role within the FA.
Pride: Moore's daughter Roberta watches on with his grandchildren on the 20th anniversary of his death
David Bernstein, FA chairman, yesterday expressed sadness at the way Moore was not welcomed into the organisation.
'The FA has been criticised over its treatment of Bobby once he retired,' he said. 'It saddens me that this is the case and while I am not privy to exactly what happened, it is clear the organisation could have done more. 'If Bobby were alive today I am sure we would have asked him to be the chief ambassador for the FA in its 150th anniversary year.'
Gold praised fans who braved bitterly cold weather to attend the service.
'They wanted to pay their respects to a man who we hold very dear at this club,' said Gold. 'This is our way of paying respect to an iconic footballer, who had personality, charm and modesty and is a legend.'
Silver lining: Moore poses with West Ham's FA Cup and Charity Shield trophies in 1964 (left) and lifts the World Cup at Wembley in 1966
Meanwhile, Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has dismissed the statistical analysis so favoured by opposite number Sam Allardyce ahead of tonight's game.
'I don't believe in it,' he said. 'You always have to be very, very careful with statistics. It doesn't mean that we ignore them completely; we just don't use them to the extent that people might think.'
- 2013/02/25(月) 11:15:53|