Rare pics: When Mooro met Muhammad


13307468_10154282526023179_3760849634799956353_n13321971_10154282526308179_8617498234015793118_nI have had many sporting HEROES but really only two “idols” – Bobby Moore and Muhammad Ali… and as I write I unashamedly admit there have been tears in my eyes as the second of them has passed on.

Let’s not make a comparison between the two. Bob was essentialy a private man  of real dignity who would ony do a good turn rather than the opposite. As a footballer he remains unsurpassed in my eyes.

But Muhammad was a global figure and having pondered before writing this, I do actually believe he was the greatest man of my generation.

He transcended his sport…indeed all sport – stood against evil in all its forms, survived death threats because of his beliefs and  every one of them has proved correct over half a century on.

I remember him as a civil rights campaigner and refusing to go to war at one of the most politically sensitive periods of American history.

He was was ready to die rather than go to war “on the poor”..everything he stood for and fought for has proved 100 per cet correct, defying the vicious and disgustng ignorance of those times .

There’s so much to think, so much to say, so much to thank him for, but today is a day for mourning.

Bob loved him and we  reproduce a couple of pictures of the two great icons together above at the  farewell game of another – Pele – in 1977.

Mooro and Muhammad were magnificent men and I could write a million more words but only four really matter:

Thanks Muhammad …thanks Mooro!

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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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  • sleepswithdafishes says:

    possibly the greatest sportsman and personality of all time

    • sleepswithdafishes says:

      and thats even without his civil rights and humanitarian work.

      • sleepswithdafishes says:

        how many people were so brave as to oppose and expose the Viet Nam war while under threat of assassination?
        That took some courage.

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    Definitely the greatest so far, hard to see how he can be transcended RIP Muhammad and Mooro of course.

  • essexclarets says:

    On his headstone simply put
    enough said

  • johnboy says:

    Like you Hugh , privileged to have witnessed both from their beginings to their sad ending ,
    As said , the greatest of their generation’s , and some .

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