Hammers hand ‘Mooro’ ultimate honour at awards


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Bobby Moore is to honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award at the West Ham United Player Awards on Tuesday night.

In a piece on the official site the club say: ‘Bobby’s daughter Roberta will be in attendance at the InterContinental London at The O2 to accept the award in memory of her father, whose status as one of the finest players the game has ever seen remains as bright as ever, 24 years after his tragic passing at the age of just 51.’

To mark the very special moment the club invited  four of Bobby’s former team-mates to London Stadium to offer their special memories of the greatest footballer to represent this club – Trevor Brooking, Ronnie ‘Ticker’ Boyce. Kenny Brown and Brian Dear.


Brown, played alongside Bobon his debut as a 17-year-old against Manchester United in 1958 and in both the 1964 FA Cup and 1965 European Cup Winners’ Cup triumphs, summed up the greatest defender’s in the history of the game.

“Mooro was just different class,” said Ken. “He read the game like nobody else. I lost count of the number of times I ran behind him to cover and just watched him collect the ball. And he didn’t just clear it, he always tried to create something.”

‘Ticker’ – who carries the nickname because he was the buy who was forevBoyce, who famously scored the last-minute winning goal in that 1964 FA Cup final victory over Preston added: “I was just in awe of him. I loved every minute of my time playing for West Ham, and I would put three quarters of that down to Bobby Moore.”

Sir Trevor, who played both with Bobby and then against hier making things ‘tick’ along in that fantastic team – said: “As a young player, it was a privilege to play with someone of that level. It is sometimes an over-used word, but you can look back over the last 50 years and say that Bobby Moore is a genuine world football legend.”

Brian Dear, a close friend of Bobby off the pitch, added: “Just a perfect person. He was great at everything.”

And Sir Trev said: ““As a young player, it was a privilege to play with someone of that level. It is sometimes an over-used word, but you can look back over the last 50 years and say that Bobby Moore is a genuine world football legend.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • vor says:

    Surprised they didn’t invite you Hugh, perhaps Roberta will take you as her plus one, I’m sure Matt won’t mind 🙂

  • John says:

    I need reminding of who has won it previously? Bonzo was first I believe. Sir Trev and Sir Geoff? Anyhow Bobby is most certainly due, nice touch by the club. We need to get some statues around the stadium. Do you think that will happen Sean?

    • mywhufc says:

      Seans drunk in Munich, he cant hear you John.

      • John says:

        The Germans have no wifi? The war really hit them hard. Imagine no wifi tv and motor car? It’s time that treaty was torn up.

  • HamburgHammer says:

    Easy now, we are just experiencing with running water (cold) and electricity.r
    And that’s just in the big towns like Hamburg, Berlin and Cologne.
    Some communicate by sending smoke signals. Or playing the washboard, a banjo or an accordion.
    I have just recently left my dwellings on an oak tree to move into a flat with walls and a roof. But as for my fellow Germans I feel we are slowly getting there…;-))

  • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

    Lol H,of all the choices of musical instrument did you really need to choose the Banjo to mention on here 😂😂

  • John says:

    Lmao HH it’s much advanced than it was when I flew over it in 1944 with Stanley at my side 😂😂

    • HamburgHammer says:

      Yeah thanks, we made it all nice, cosy and efficient after you guys helped with the demolition. It’s quite nice in most parts of Germany now actually. As most of you will know as plenty of Englanders flock into Berlin, Munich and the Black Forest every year…

      • John says:

        I am pulling your leg mate. I’ve done Frankfurt Hanover Berlin and Munich (not on raids lol) and only have good memories. Twice each and 4 times Hanover on business where I was repeatedly reminded by my host Otto that we bombed the city flat. Tell you what you did a better job rebuilding it than we did Coventry 😂😂😂

  • HamburgHammer says:

    Hannover, eh? Well, that’s not exactly a tourist hotspot, but as a functional run of the mill city it works quite well. And of course the ancestors of yr Royal Family hailed from that neck of the woods.
    I know by the way your pulling my leg, it’s your national sports, my mates do it all the time, I am getting used to it and try to return the favour.
    I ain’t too good at leg pulling though, but I keep on practising…

  • Boogabenson says:

    Not gonna mention what they did to our chip shop. Its not big or clever

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