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The other side of West Ham and England’s Bobby Moore ‘King of the Bar Stool’

by | 25th, February 2013

AS the West Ham faithful congregate at the Bolyn Ground to remember Bobby Moore, here are some memories of the maestro, not all of which are likely to be mentioned in the match programme…


Moore’s drinking exploits were legendary, and a couple of crates of lager were always on hand when Bobby held court. He was once even sensationally dropped from the West Ham team for breaking curfew the evening before an FA Cup tie in Blackpool. Best friend Jimmy Greaves called Mooro the ‘King of the Bar Stool’. Usually, however, Tina and Mrs Peters were not involved…


Moore’s interest in pubs extended to owning a few, including the legendary Blind Beggar, where the Krays committed one of their most notorious killings, and where Harry Redknapp recalls being told by a gangster that, “You can tell your mate Bobby Moore that I’ll cut him from ear to ear.”

Here he appears with footballing chums at the opening of Mooro’s, an altogether more convivial establishment..

Snappy dresser

Bobby was always immaculately dressed, according to Jack Charlton, who says that his kit was spotless after the World Cup Final. Mooro was a style icon off the pitch too, as he shows here, with Graham Moore of Chelsea and Charlton’s Eddie Firmani…

And here, with his clothing range…

And here with Kate Howard, who is modeling Norlyn Niknax tights that are “visually protective and take away the need for pants”.


Bobby’s one big failing was his business acumen, which led to a series of disastrous investments. Should have stuck with the sports shop. Oh, wait a minute, looks like there’s a sale on…

Model of discretion

Moore was famous for his sociability but also for his stoicism and reliability. Here was a man, after all, who had a testicle removed because of cancer and came back to win the World Cup, without the public ever becoming aware of it.

And we all know the story of the stolen bracelet, for which Moore was arrested in Bogata, and it is generally assumed that this was a set-up. But football writer Jeff Powell says that Moore told him, under promise of secrecy, that he saw the incident and named the person responsible. Rodney Marsh confirms the story and says that, for taking the flak and not grassing, Moore rose even higher in his estimation.

Television personality

Moore was a regular of TV, and was the first footballer to appear on This is Your Life. On the other side of the pond he was less well known,

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