Bobby MOORE OBE (1941-1993)

Bobby Moore
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Bobby Moore, footballer, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews in a private cinema at the London headquarters of the oil company Esso.

Bobby was born in Barking, Essex, and attended Westbury Primary School and Tom Hood School, Leytonstone, playing football for both schools. In 1956, Bobby joined West Ham United as a player and, after advancing through their youth set-up, he played his first game in September 1958 against Manchester United. He went on to captain West Ham for more than ten years.

He played his first game for England in 1962 and captained the team for the first time a year later. Bobby led the team that won the 1966 World Cup, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest defenders of all time.

“That’s not fair you know!”

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Bobby Moore's biography

In his biography of Bobby Moore - The Man in Full - writer Matt Dickinson makes references to this particular ediiton of This Is Your Life...

Moore spoke very little about his parents – and they preferred it that way – but we can catch the essence of them, and him, on This Is Your Life, the painfully stiff television programme that, in 1971, celebrated his glories as a footballer.

With a fond grin, genial ‘Big’ Bob starts to tell how Doss would painstakingly wash and iron young Robert’s laces on the night before every schoolboy football match. Clutching her handbag, Doss tries to scold her husband for betraying her secret. “Don’t you dare,’ she mutters. But inside she will have been glowing with pride at the memories of her precious Robert being so smart with his clean, pressed laces, his pristine kit and his hair neatly combed. Never did a young boy emerge more freshly scrubbed and polished from the East End of London.

Moore always recalled that his worst day at school was the time he was ordered to go up in front of his classmates and sing ‘God Save The Queen’. He was mortified, and the words came out in a half-hearted drone. Talking about it years later, he could still feel the hot flush of embarrassment.

Moore looks similarly pained on This Is Your Life when asked to recall his childhood nicknames. ‘Tubby’ they called him. Or ‘Fatso”. ‘Nicknames which can hurt a boy,’ he admitted.

It was unfortunate timing, then, that Moore was due to be featured on This Is Your Life in the same week as the Blackpool scandal. Tina had been running around setting up all sorts of surprises for her husband just as trouble was brewing.

No wonder Moore looks particularly bashful when Eamonn Andrews suddenly surprises him with his big red book, emerging from the shadows after Moore had been set up to receive an award in his testimonial year.

Moore blushes when Andrews says: ‘We could have chosen a better week. It’s not the happiest in West Ham’s history.’

‘You can say that again, Eamonn,’ Moore deadpans.

Moore’s old friends and colleagues roll out to pay their respects and there is a short message played from Ramsey. But Greenwood is notable by his absence.

Bobby Moore's biography

In his biography of Bobby Moore, writer Jeff Powell briefly mention this particular ediiton of This Is Your Life...

While Greenwood plunged into a round of meetings with the club’s directors, BBC television [Bigredbook editor: Thames Television] were making their usual secretive arrangements for that Wednesday night’s This Is Your Life programme, with Moore as the surprised subject.

West Ham delayed announcing their verdict on Moore and company until Thursday therefore allowing the BBC [Bigredbook editor: Thames Television] to go ahead with their programme unembarrassed.

Moore: ‘One night I’m a TV star. Next day, the big hammer.’

programme details...

  • Edition No: 290
  • Subject No: 292
  • Broadcast live: Wed 6 Jan 1971
  • Broadcast time: 7-7.30pm
  • Venue: Euston Road Studios
  • Series: 11
  • Edition: 8

on the guest list...

  • Tina - wife
  • Bob - father
  • Doris - mother
  • Kenny Lynch
  • Tom Russell
  • Wally St Pier
  • Jack Turner
  • Lady Hoare
  • Jimmy Greaves
  • George Cohen
  • Ray Wilson
  • Nobby Stiles
  • Roger Hunt
  • Bobby Charlton
  • Martin Peters
  • Geoff Hurst
  • Alfonso Senior
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Roberta – daughter
  • Dean – son
  • Colin Milburn
  • Alf Ramsey

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production team...

  • Researchers: Jack Crawshaw, John Stapleton
  • Writers: Jack Crawshaw, John Stapleton
  • Director: Margery Baker
  • Producer: Robert Tyrell
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 11 subjects: Bob Hope > Vidal Sassoon > Talbot Rothwell > Mike and Bernie Winters > Joe Brown > Patrick Campbell > Bobby Moore > Robert Soutter > Graham Hill > Sandy Powell > Edward Woodward > Moira Lister > Dickie Henderson > Wilfred Pickles > Kenny Ball > Marjorie Proops > Basil D'Olivera > Clive Dunn > Peter Noone > Monica Dickens > Jon Pertwee > Lionel Jeffries > Adam Faith > Googie Withers > Matt Busby