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Bobby Moore

"Robert Frederick Chelsea "Bobby" Moore", OBE (April 12, 1941 - February 24, 1993) was an English footballer and captain of West Ham and the English 1966 FIFA World Cup-winning team. He is widely regarded as the finest captain England has ever had, and one of the greatest defenders the World has ever seen.

Moore joined West Ham as a schoolboy, and after advancing through their youth set up played his first game on November 8 1958, against Manchester United. In putting on the number 6 shirt, he replaced his mentor Malcolm Allison.

Allison never played another first team game for West Ham or another First Division game at all, as Moore became a regular. A composed central defender, Moore was admired more for his reading of the game and ability to anticipate opposition movements, thereby distancing himself from the image of the hard-tackling, high-jumping defender. Indeed, Moore's ability to head the ball or keep up with the pace was average at best, but the way he read the game, marshalled his team and timed his tackles marked him out as world class. In fact, Pelé used to call Moore the fairest defender he had ever played against.

He was in the England squad for th...

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