Filed: Friday, 7th September 2012
By: Staff Writer
A new book is calling for West Ham United legend Bobby Moore to be posthumously knighted.
Former Fulham manager Bobby Campbell - who managed the Cottagers during Moore's brief stint at the club in the mid-1970s - calls for the former England captain to receive the ultimate honour in 'The Centurions: England's 100 Club', which is published next week.
"I don't believe that he received the accolade and credit that he deserved," says Campbell. "He should have been knighted.
"Tell me this, if any player captained England to a World Cup triumph in the future, do you think they would be knighted? I am sure that they would. So why wasn't Bobby knighted?
"In fact, it's not too late. He should be knighted posthumously."
Moore, who was capped 108 times between 1962 and 1973 is one of only five players to have made more than 100 appearances for England; the others being Billy Wright, Bobby Charlton, Peter Shilton and David Beckham.
At the end of 1966 he was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire), the second-lowest of the five orders of chivalry - but no further honours until his passing in 1993.
Bobby Charlton - a team mate of Moore's in that 1966 World Cup-winning team - was knighted for his services to football in 1994. Geoff Hurst, another of the 1966 team and a team mate of Moore's at West Ham was also knighted four years later.
Yet as of now, the captain of the team, the only Englishman to lift the World Cup and the player considered by many to be the greatest English footballer of all time is yet to have received that ultimate accolade.
*Do you agree with Bobby Campbell and believe Bobby Moore should be posthumously knighted? Have your say on the KUMB.com forum.
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12:37AM 8th Sep 2012
''A lot of people call him Sir Bobby; it's just unthinkable that he wouldn't have got a knighthood. The Olympians expect to be rewarded and some of them have done great things, but lets face it there are a lot of them now and yet Bobby remains the ONLY one to lift the world cup for England. Let's put things right NOW.''
by Pete Richards
02:45PM 7th Sep 2012
''We've got Sir Trev and Sir Geoff, of course Bobby should be up there with them. But in many ways it IS too late. What about Sir Martin Peters?''
11:39AM 7th Sep 2012
''Simply the greatest defender that has ever graced the game, my hero and how I came to support West Ham. The tackle on Jairzinho in 1970, simply the best tackle ever made and how he was allowed to go off in to the wilderness by the FA when his career ended I will never know and is to their everlasting shame.
Taken too early and never held on high as our greatest ever captain, should he be posthumously knighted, you're damn right he should and the FA should apologise for the shameful way they treated him post his playing career.''
by Chris pohl
11:35AM 7th Sep 2012
''Bobby Moore was a great player, my hero as a kid. Things like a knighthood, naming a stand at Upton Park after him and of cause the statute at Wembley. All this was
done after he died which I think was a disgrace. All of this should have been done when he was alive. Is this how we treat the greatest sports star this country has ever produced?''
10:49AM 7th Sep 2012
''Do not know of any reason why the greatest British player of them all has not been knighted! But then who needs to be a sir when you are GOD?''
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