Stood up by Bobby Moore – how Gav’s missus missed out on a tea-time date with West Ham’s hero

Prepare for a volley of Bobby Moore-related stories and social media posts on the anniversary of the great man’s passing on February 24.

Graybo and Gav share their Bobby Moore reflections …

From Gav:

For me it can be summed up in one word – Pride.

Imperious defender who gained accolades from the very finest in the game including Pelé, Beckenbauer and so many more.

Gentleman, Leader, Grafter, Highly Skilled, Generous, Polite, Caring… the list of his attributes goes on and on.

As for the boys – they get it. They really do. They’ve keenly watched footage of Bobby Moore wherever they could – especially the younger one.

Their sense of pride may be borne of a desire for success that they’ve never tasted, an affliction for which I can only blame my Grandfather, the old man and myself.

Then again what better famous role model could you wish your kids looked up to?

‘West Ham won the World Cup’ is also great for them to come back at all the Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool fans with, but it’s Bobby Moore who’s front and centre when they talk about the club at that time.

Is Southampton’s development model ‘lucking out’ or should West Ham try to emulate it?

For several years now Southampton have produced fantastic results within a limited budget. Part of this has been through the production of players from their fantastic academy, part of the credit should go to the club’s board for their savvy team management appointments and, IMO, there’s an admirable ‘quietly going about their business’ approach to the way they recruit players. All of which has yielded a regularly competitive team on the field, with some great league season position finishes, and, generally, happy supporters of the club.

Speaking to a couple of their fans over the last year they commented that they were almost happy to see the back of Ronald Koeman as he had started to break with Southampton’s track record of bringing youth academy players through to the first team. Koeman was an understudy of the famous ‘Total Football’ stable formed by Rinus Micheals and further popularised by the legendary Johan Cruyff in his time as a player and coach. So it came as a surprise when I heard the Saints supporters reticence about their former manager. Whether it was a mistake or not remains to be seen however feedback from many quarters points to the fact that there’s a hard edge to Mr Koeman’s management style.

Search for West Ham goalkeeper footage unearths this gem

Hunting for some footage of West Ham goalkeeper Bobby Ferguson purely because he was the first No. 1 I had the pleasure of seeing in the flesh (more of that below) and I came across this footage.

It’s the 1972 FA Cup replay against Hereford United and I’d never seen this particular report before.

It’s filmed from the Hereford angle, with footage around the town, part-time players having to secure time off work, and the British Rail specials (six trains) bringing fans to Paddington.

But once they arrive at Upton Park it’s a wonderful trip back in time, with the commentator mentioning the formidable West Ham forward line of Best, Hurst and Robson ‘costing half a million pounds.’ Heh-heh.

Grab a coffee and enjoy the clip, then carry on reading, below.

I’m going to go into Goatygav Bullets mode now …

  • Do you remember why this was played midweek in daylight (not under floodlights)
  • Who remembers singing ‘We’ve got ’Arry ’Arry ’Arry Redknapp on the wing, on the wing’?
  • The sound effects were strange, obviously added afterwards
  • Great to see the sandwich-makers hard at work on the train, and what about all that ale?
  • Poor old Bobby with muddy shorts – and a rip in them! He wouldn’t have been happy about that
  • Silky skills of Sir Trevor on that mudbath of a pitch. I can remember the sound the ball used to make as it plopped onto the interesting combination of mud and sand