English football’s failure to acknowledge 1966 World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore in his lifetime remains a cloud over the game which can never be removed, despite honours like this statue outside West Ham’s Boleyn Ground (Picture: Getty Images)
Next week, Sir Trevor Brooking will become only the second recipient of West Ham’s Lifetime Achievement award. He follows in the footsteps of Billy Bonds, and few people can challenge him in terms of deserving such a honour. There was one who can, though; however his lack of acknowledgement in his lifetime is a black mark that can never be erased. Bobby Moore.
In the 21 years since the shockingly early death of West Ham and England’s greatest ever player at just 51 from bowel cancer, honours and tributes to old pros have become par for the course. But the fact Moore had to wait for posthumous bocquets rather than garlands around his neck when…
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