Friday, 29 June 2018


With the World Cup in full swing, we will always look back at 1966 and the images of England captain Bobby Moore lifting the trophy.

So during a jaunt around London this week I popped into the National Portrait Gallery in London to look at the tiny exhibition about this legendary footballer. 

Although it only has 10 photographs, the Bobby Moore: First Gentleman of English Football gallery captures the man and his sport.
From his early beginnings at West Ham as a youngster in the late '50s, his England days, to the end of his career at Fulham and beyond.

All are black and white prints and exquisitely presented.

During the 60s he completed an unusual hat-trick of winning trophies at Wembley. With West Ham he won the FA Cup in 1964, the European Cup Winners Cup the following year, then finishing off with the famous World Cup win with England in 1966.

I actually had the honour of meeting him once. In the mid-80s he had a spell as manager of Southend United, so at a pre-season open day, before the 1984/85 campaign, I eagerly went along with my autograph book! 
Not only did I get a load of Southend players' signatures, but there was Bobby himself standing on the pitch happily signing away for everyone.
What a true gent, patiently talking to all. I also remember thinking how tall he was!

In case you are interested, this is the link to the exhibition HERE

Bobby also features on a number of my RETRO FOOTBALL designs, including these ...

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