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Fans flock to Bobby service

Filed: Sunday, 24th February 2013
By: Staff Writer

There was an emotional gathering at the World Cup winners statue this morning as a large crowd congregated to remember Bobby Moore, who died 20 years ago today.

Scores of fans gathered on the corner of Barking Road and Green Street to observe a minutes' silence in honour of former West Ham United and England legend Moore, who died from bowel cancer aged just 51.

Accompanied by members of Bobby's immediate family including daugher Roberta and her children, plus Martin Peters and David Gold, the crowd listened to a service by West Ham United chaplain, Reverend Alan Bolding.

"It was a lovely service and it is an honour for us all to remember Bobby today, on what is the 20th anniversary of his sad passing," Gold told whufc.com. "He was our England World Cup winning captain, but also more personally for us all here at West Ham, a legend at our club and always will be.

"Bobby will continue to be remembered at our club. Greats are almost immortal and he is one of those greats. I am quite sure that Bobby will be continued to be remembered for another century and more."

Gold also revealed that West Ham will be led out against Tottenham in tomorrow night's Premier League clash by Moore's grandchildren, Poppy and Ava - a match that promises to be an emotional affair.

"We take our tributes into our game with Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow," he said. "We will have a minute's applause and much more. Tomorrow's game will have it all for Bobby; I think it is just fitting for him."

Goodbye, Bobby: The Boleyn Ground, 20 years ago today

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