Blue plaque for former Bobby Moore home

Bobby Moore, the only England captain to ever win the World Cup, will be honoured with a blue plaque later.

The memorial will be placed on his childhood home at 43 Waverley Gardens in Barking, east London where he first learned to play football.

As well as captaining the team, Moore set up two of Geoff Hurt’s goals in the 1966 World Cup final before receiving the Jules Rimet trophy from the Queen.

He was described as “one of the greatest” by ex-FA chairman Greg Dyke.

‘Tenacity and industry’

Mr Dyke, who is an English Heritage Blue Plaque Panel member, said the plaque “honours… the house and the streets where he grew up and first learned his footballing skills”.

Bobby Moore, who was born at Upney Hospital in Barking in 1941, developed his footballing skills while playing with his father and uncle in Greatfields Park, near to 43 Waverley Gardens.

He was living in the house when he won his first silverware, the Crisp Shield in the 1950-1 season, and when he joined West Ham United at the age of 16.

At the time, a scout for the club said Moore “would not set the world alight” but praised his “tenacity and industry”.

He was appointed England captain in 1963, a year after being a surprise call-up for the 1962 World Cup.

Moore’s father, known as “Big Bob”, watched the 1966 final on television at 43 Waverley Gardens, although his mother was too nervous so spent the game potting plants in the garden.


Bobby Moore’s football facts

  • Signed for an initial wage of £12 a week when he became a professional for West Ham
  • Made his West Ham debut on 8 September 1958 and was a regular for the team by 1960, making 647 appearances overall
  • Captained West Ham to victory in the FA Cup Final in 1964 and the European Cup Winners’ Cup the following year
  • Led his country in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico where England were eliminated in the quarter-finals by West Germany
  • Given final England cap in 1973, reaching 108 appearances for his country, the fifth in the all-time list
  • He is the first footballer to ever receive a blue plaque

After retiring, Moore enjoyed a career in the media as lead sports columnist for the Sunday Sport and a football analyst on radio for Capital Gold.

He died from cancer on 24 February 1993, aged 51, a week after making his final radio commentary.

His daughter Roberta said her father would be “truly humbled and deeply touched” by the blue plaque.


Blue Plaque facts

  • The scheme began in 1866 after the idea of erecting “memorial tablets” was first proposed by William Ewart MP in the House of Commons in 1863
  • The first plaque was for the poet Lord Byron, although this was lost when the building it was on was demolished in 1889
  • More than 900 plaques have been unveiled across London
  • An official plaque can only be proposed for a person who has been dead for at least 20 years
  • A plaque put up in Chalk Farm in 1937 to mark Karl Marx’s final address had to be taken down because it was repeatedly vandalised

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