Bobby Moore: The Man in Full

Bobby Moore: The Man in Full

by Matt Dickinson


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Bobby Moore: The Man in Full by Matt Dickinson

  "Immaculate footballer — Imperial defender — Immortal hero of 1966... National treasure — Master of Wembley — Lord of the game — Captain extraordinary — Gentleman for all time"

     So reads the inscription beneath Bobby Moore's statue at Wembley stadium. Since his death at just 51 from pancreatic cancer, this has been the accepted view of a national hero. But how much do we really know of England's only World Cup-winning skipper?

     We all know that Bobby Moore was an extraordinary captain and defender, but alongside his legendary feats on the pitch he knew scandal, death threats, bankruptcy business and the sack. He divorced after a long affair, was rumoured to have friends in the East End underworld, and he loved a drink. The tragedy of his life was to be ignored by football in his latter years and to drift into obscurity. After he applied to be England manager, the FA didn't even bother to send a rejection letter. There was no job in the game and, famously, no knighthood.

     As well as the undeniable moments of glory, this long overdue, definitive biography won't shy away from the grit. Tracing his journey from the East End to a pedestal outside Wembley Stadium, it will, for the first time, look at Moore's life from all sides, through the testimony of teammates, rivals, family and friends. What was Moore like to play with, to drink with? What was he like as a husband, father, opponent, and captain? A struggling manager and a failed businessman?

     This book will tell the story of an Essex boy who became the patron saint of English football, revealing a lifetime of intrigue, triumph and tragedy in between.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780224091732
Publisher: Random House UK
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

MATT DICKINSON is Chief Football Correspondent for The Times. He won Young Sports Writer of the Year (1993) and Sports Journalist of the Year (2000). He is most famous for conducting the interview with England Manager Glen Hoddle which led to the latter's resignation.

Table of Contents

Prologue: On a Pedestal ix

1 The End 1

2 Barking 6

3 Big Mai 14

4 Ron 29

5 The First WAG 45

6 The Best Footballer in the Country 56

7 Alf 66

8 Cancer 79

9 Spurs 94

10 1966 106

11 On Top of the World 122

12 Cashing in 134

13 Win or Lose, on the Booze 144

14 Bogotá 159

15 Pelé 178

16 Read All About It 198

17 Death in Poland 218

18 Fulham 232

19 The Worst Businessman 247

20 Elton 260

21 Barely Managing 273

22 Stephanie 291

23 Tits and Bums 302

24 The Old Enemy 315

25 Aftermath 329

Epilogue: Under a Magnolia Tree 341

Acknowledgements 346

Bibliography 349

List of Illustrations 353

Index 355

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