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Bobby Moore

Bobby Moore

Name: Robert Frederick Chelsea Moore
Date of Birth: 12th April 1941
Place of Birth: Barking, England
England Debut: 20th May 1962
Against: Peru
Final Game: 14th November 1973
Against: Italy
League Club: West Ham United, Fulham, San Antonio Thunder, Seattle Sounders

Bobby Moore was born in Barking, Essex and attended Westbury Primary School and Eastbury Secondary Modern. He played youth football for both schools.

His senior team career began in 1958 with West Ham United, and he debuted against Manchester City on 8 September that year, immediately becoming a regular first team player. He played for West Ham for 15 years, and in January 1974 played his last match for them against Hereford United.

He transferred to Second Division Fulham for £25,000 and played for them until his final game in May 1977.  Brief appearances followed with two North American soccer teams, San Antonio Thunder and Seattle Sounders.

Moore’s first England cap came in May 1962 in a friendly against Peru in Lima.  By May 1963 he had taken on the England captaincy for the first time in a match against Czechoslovakia, a game England won 4 – 2

Moore nearly missed out on playing in the 1966 World Cup after letting his contract with West Ham United lapse, but after intervention by the England team, he re-signed with his club and went on to captain the England side in the tournament of a lifetime.

After winning the World Cup with some dramatic play, Moore was picked for the England side again in the 1970 World Cup, but England were defeated by West Germany and they exited the competition after reaching the last eight.

Professionally retired in 1978, Bobby Moore tried his hand at management with Oxford City, Southend United and Hong Kong Team Eastern AA but none of the teams did particularly well.  His business ventures, including a sports shop next to the West Ham United ground, began to fail and he eventually became a sports columnist for the Sunday Sport and a commentator for London’s radio station Capital Gold.

On 14 February 1993, Moore announced to the World that he was suffering from Bowel Cancer.  He’d already undergone an operation two years earlier.  Only ten days later, Bobby Moore was dead.  Cancer Research UK has a Bobby Moore Fund dedicated to raising money for research into the disease.

Peter Shilton

Peter Shilton

 
Peter Shilton
 
Name: Peter Leslie Shilton
Date of Birth: 18th September 1949
Place of Birth: Leicester, England
England Debut: 25th November 1970
Against: East Germany
Final Game: 7th July 1990
Against: Italy
League Club: Leicester City, Stoke City, Nottingham Forest, Southampton, Derby County, Plymouth Argyle, Wimbledon, Bolton Wanderers, Coventry City, West Ham United, Leyton Orient
 
Shilton was born in Leicester and educated at King Richard III Boys School in the city.  He played as a schoolboy for Leicester City from 1963 until he signed a professional contract with the senior squad in 1966.  In May 1966 he played his debut match against Everton and was so impressive that the regular goalkeeper, Gordon Banks, was sold not long afterwards to Stoke City
 
He remained with Leicester City even after relegation from the First Division, but in 1974 he moved to Stoke City for £325,000.  He remained with them until 1977 when he asked for a transfer, and moved to Nottingham Forest after an offer of £250,000.  He had an impressive career with the club, missing just 18 goals in 39 appearances and earning himself the PFA Player of the Year Award
 
1982 saw a move to Southampton, followed by a spell with Derby County before accepting a position with Plymouth Argyle as player – manager.  Between the years 1995 – 1996 he signed with four clubs, Wimbledon, Bolton Wanderers, Coventry City and West Ham United, but rarely played a first team game for any of the clubs
 
In 1996 he signed for his final club, Leyton Orient and remained with them for just one year, reaching his 1000th game target on 22 December 1996 in which he played against Brighton and Hove Albion.  He only played five more matches after reaching this milestone, retiring at the age of 47
 
Peter Shilton’s England career began with his debut against East Germany in November 1970, a game which England won 3-1.  He found himself the number two choice for goalkeeper, behind Gordon Banks, at the age of 22, but when Banks was tragically involved in a car accident through which he lost the sight in one eye, Shilton became the regular number one, with Ray Clemence who had just been called up from Liverpool as his only real competition
 

In the 1986 FIFA World Cup, Shilton was given captaincy of the England team and they moved through the stages until they met Argentina in the quarter finals.  It was in this match that Shilton jumped to save a ball at the same time as Diego Maradona, who struck the ball with his fist and into the net.  Despite the infringement, Maradona’s goal was allowed and England went out of the competition.  Finally, in 1990, after defeat at the hands of Italy, Shilton announced he was standing down from International football, and ended his career with 125 caps.

 
Life after football saw Shilton struggle with failing businesses coupled with gambling problems.  More recently he has appeared in television commercials, including one for Mars Bar, the official supplier to the England Team.  He now spends most of his time working as an after dinner speaker.
 
Jermain Defoe

Jermain Defoe

Jermain Defoe  
Name: Jermain Colin Defoe
Date of Birth: 7th October 1982
Place of Birth: Beckton, London
England Debut: 31st March 2004
Against: Sweden
Position: Striker
   
League Club: Tottenham Hotspur
 
Jermain Defoe, born and brought up in London, was educated at St Bonaventure’s Catholic Comprehensive.  As a schoolboy he played for Senrab, before joining the FA National School of Excellence in 1997 under the guidance of Charlton Athletic.  At 16 years old he signed a professional contract with West Ham United and went on to play in their U19 team before moving up to the senior squad.
 
After a year on loan to Bournemouth which saw him score once in ten consecutive matches, Defoe returned to West Ham where he became their 2001-2002 top scorer even though he rarely started a game.  Defoe remained with the club until an offer from Tottenham Hotspur of around £6 million was accepted in January 2004.
 
His debut for Spurs came in February where he scored one of the goals which led them to a 4-3 win against  Portsmouth.  He continued to show great form, including a hat trick in their 5-1 win against Southampton that December.
 
Defoe remained with the club until January of 2008 when he transferred to Portsmouth in a £6 million deal.  His first season went well although his cup-tied status kept him out of the remaining FA Cup games for Portsmouth.
 
Exactly a year after joining his new club, Defoe announced he wanted to leave in the 2009 January transfer window and on 6 January 2009 he rejoined Tottenham in a deal worth over £15 million.  An impressive run followed, with a hat trick in the 5-1 win over Hull City just two matches into the 2009 – 2010 season, and an overhead kick 38 seconds into a Premier League match against champions Manchester United in September 2009.
 
His international appearances began as part of the U21 squad.  In March 2004 he was called up to represent England against Sweden and made his first start in September of that year when he scored one of the goals in the 2 – 1 win.
 
Defoe won Player of the Month Award in September 2009
 
At the time of writing this (May 2012), Jermain Defoe has appeared 120 times for Tottenham, scoring 53 goals. He has been capped by England on 46 occassions, scoring 15 goals.
 
Glen Johnson

Glen Johnson

 
Glen Johnson  
Name: Glen McLeod Cooper Johnson
Date of Birth: 23rd August 1985
Place of Birth: Greenwich, London
England Debut: 16th November 2003
Against: Denmark
Position: Defender
   
League Club: Liverpool
 
London-born Johnson began his early career as a 15 year old schoolboy for West Ham United, eventually signing his first professional contract with them to wear the Number 23 shirt although he remained in the Reserves for the beginning of the season.
 
His first championship game came during a loan deal with Millwall when he played against Norwich City on 19 October 2002.
 
His Premier League debut for West Ham finally came on 22 January 2003 in a defeat to Charlton Athletic when he came on as a substitute.  By the time that season ended, Johnson had made 15 appearances in the league for West Ham and was beginning to make an impression.
 
On 15 July 2003 Johnson signed with Chelsea for £6 million and debuted for them less than a month later in a win in the Champions League against Zilina.  His first goal for Chelsea came when they played the second leg at home a fortnight later.
 
Johnson made 41 appearances for Chelsea between 2003 – 2007, including an impressive save in the fifth round of the FA Cup when he stopped a free kick taken by Newcastle after their goalkeeper, Cudicini, was sent off and there were no substitutions remaining.
 
On 31 August 2007 Johnson signed for Portsmouth, where he stayed until 2009.  He started in the first match, which ended as a 3-1 loss to Arsenal, but became a regular starter after that.
 
An impressive goal, after taking the ball from the halfway line against Wigan Athletic, followed by an FA Cup win in 2008, attracted attention and at the close of season 2009 several bids were placed for him.  Portsmouth accepted two bids, from Liverpool and Chelsea, leaving Johnson to make his choice.
 
On 26 June 2009, Johnson signed a four year contract with Liverpool.
 
Johnson debuted for England in 2003 in a friendly against Denmark, but didn’t appear again until a 2008 victory against Andorra.
 
At the time of writing this (May 2012), Glen Johnson has appeared for Liverpool a total of 99 times, scoring 6 goals, all of which were scored in the Premier League. He has been capped 35 times for England and has scored 1 goal.
 
Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard

 
Frank Lampard  
Name: Frank James Lampard
Date of Birth: 20th June 1978
Place of Birth: Romford, Essex
England Debut: 10th October 1999
Against: Belgium
   
   
League Club: Chelsea
 
Frank James Lampard was born on 20th June 1978 in Romford. He is from a big footballing family as several members of his family including his father, uncle and several cousins have all been involved in the game. Frank followed in their footsteps from an early age and could always be seen with a football at his feet. He has always been a determined person and his never say die attitude landed him a place in Heath Park’s youth team. This breakthrough led him to get trials for Tottenham, Arsenal and finally West Ham who he signed a youth contract with in 1994.
 
After a year at West Ham he was sent out on loan to Swansea. His determined nature shone through again as Frank saw this as a need to improve as a footballer and so this is what he set out to do. Even though the training facilities at Swansea weren’t as high a standard as those at West Ham frank used them to their fullest and built up his strength. On his return to Upton Park he was ready to fight for a first team place. However, it wasn’t until the 1998/99 season that he finally established himself as a regular first team player, playing every game that season. Both his uncle and father quit their jobs in the 2000/01 season as manager and assistant manager respectively and so Frank Lampard took the decision to make a move also, signing for Chelsea for a reported fee of £11 million.
 
The Chelsea manager at the time, Ranieri, was a huge Frank Lampard fan and so Frank found himself in the thick of first team action as soon as he arrived at Stamford Bridge, making his debut against Newcastle United on 19th August, and going on to appear in every game that season, scoring 8 goals. His game continued to improve and in the 2002/03 season Frank Lampard hit double figures for the first time, scoring 10 goals. Frank was already an England player by this time but it wasn’t until the match against Croatia on 20th August 2003 that he scored his first goal for his country.
 
Frank Lampard started to show what he was really made of though when in the Summer of 2003 one of the richest men in the World bought Chelsea Football Club and Frank suddenly found himself surrounded by World class footballing talent. In the 2004/05 season he netted 19 goals across all competitions and hit 20 the season after that. Picking up trophies along the way, Frank Lampard scored his 100th goal for Chelsea during the 2007/08 season which for a central midfield player is an astounding achievement.
 
Frank Lampard has come along way from playing in his back garden with his uncle and his father, and although now in his thirties, he still plays at the highest level of football and is recognised as one of the best midfielders in the world.
 
At the time of writing this (May 2012), Frank Lampard has appeared for Chelsea a total of 558 times, scoring 186 goals, 126 of which were scored in the Premier League. He has been capped 90 times for England, scoring 21 goals.