Bobby Moore

Bobby Moore Known in his heyday as the ‘golden boy of English football’, Bobby Moore will always be best remembered for the iconic photograph of him being held aloft by teammates Geoff Hurst and Ray Wilson, Jules Rimet trophy in hand, at the end of the World Cup final at Wembley Stadium on July 30, 1966. Indeed, manager Sir Alf Ramsey later said of Moore, ‘Without him England would never have won the World Cup.’

Born in Barking, Essex on April 12, 1941, Moore was outstanding centre-half, renowned for calmness, composure and intelligence on the pitch and humility, modesty and integrity off it. He made his senior debut for England in a friendly against Peru at Estadio Nacional del Perú, Lima on May 20, 1962 and impressed manager Walter Winterbottom sufficiently to play in every game of the 1962 World Cup in Chile, where England reached the quarter-finals.

The following year Sir Alf Ramsey replaced Walter Winterbottom as England manager and, on the first anniversary of his first senior cap, on May 20, 1963, Moore captained England for the first time in a friendly against Czechoslovakia at Tehelne Pole Stadion, Bratislava. All told, Moore made 108 appearances for England, including 90 as captain.

At club level, Moore made his professional debut for West Ham United at Upton Park on September 8, 1958, at the age of 17, against Manchester United. He was appointed captain for the first time on April 20, 1962, having just turned 21, and subsequently led his club to victory in the FA Cup in 1964 and the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1965. All told, he made a then record 544 league appearances, and 642 in all, for West Ham United, nefore being sold to Fulham in 1974. Thereafter,

he spent short spells in America, with San Atonio Thunder and Seattle Sounders, and in Denmark, with Boldklubben Herning Fremad, before finally hanging up his boots in 1979.

Bobby Moore – The Legend

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Daley Thompson

Daley Thompson Daley Thompson had the distinction of becoming just the second Olympic decathlete, after American Bob Mathias in 1948 and 1952, to win gold medals at two consecutive Summer Games. Born Francis Morgan Thompson in Notting Hill, London on July 30, 1958, Thompson was called Ayodele – subsequently shortened to ‘Dele’ and Anglicised to ‘Daley’ – by his Nigerian father. In 1974, at Crystal Palace, the 16-year-old Thompson attracted the attention of Newnham & Essex Beagles coach, Bob Mortimer, who directed his attention towards the decathlon.

Fast forward to July, 1980 and, having set his first world record, of 8,648 points, in Götzis, Austria two months earlier, Thompson, still a few days short of his twenty-second birthday, started worthy favourite to win the decathlon at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow. That he did, comfortably.

In 1982, he won gold at the European Athletics Championships in Athens, raising his own world record to 8,743 points in the process, and gold again at the inaugural IAAF World Championships in Helsinki in 1983. Thus, Thompson simultaneously held all the international decathlon titles. Indeed, he defended his Olympic title at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 1984; his winning points total, of 8,797, was adjusted to 8,847 when new scoring tables were introduced in 1985, thereby giving him a world record that would stand for nine years.

An outgoing, gregarious indvidual, Thompson attracted public admiration not only for his athletic prowess, but also for his colourful, often irreverant, personality. However, his anti-establishment attitude was not universally appreciated; after winning his second Olympic gold medal in Los Angeles in 1984, for example, he cheekily whistled along to the national anthem and made ‘disrespectful’ remarks about Prince Anne, President of the British Olympic Association, at a subsequent press conference.

Daley Thompson’s Decathalon highlights (Olympic Games 1984)

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