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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.

James Milner

James Milner

 
James Milner  
Name: James Philip Milner
Date of Birth: 4th January 1986
Place of Birth: Wortley, Leeds
England Debut: 12th August 2009
Against: Holland
Position: Midfielder
   
League Club: Manchester City
 
Milner was born in Wortley, Leeds to Peter and Lesley Milner and attended Horsforth School.  He began his early football career at 10 years old when he joined the Leeds United Academy and he impressed them enough that they took him on as a trainee when he left school.
 
Milner debuted for Leeds United on 10 November 2002 when he came on as a last minute substitute in a game against West Ham United. At 16 years and 309 days old, that six minute appearance made him the second youngest person to ever play in the Premier League and on the 26th December 2002 he also broke another record by being the youngest player to ever score in the Premier League.  Everton’s James Vaughan has since claimed that title.
 
Milner spent a month on loan to Swindon Town where he gained status as a first team player and other clubs began to show interest in signing him.  In July 2004 he signed for Newcastle in a deal worth £3.6 million.
 
Milner continued to show flair and he started the 2005-2006 season with a goal in the Intertoto Cup, but he was chosen to go on loan to Aston Villa as part of their purchase deal for Solano and spent the remainder of the season at Villa Park.
 
Milner became a regular starter and helped Villa win 8-3 against Wycombe Wanderers in a League Cup game not long after starting.  Aston Villa were impressed enough with the midfielder’s form that they began talks with Newcastle in a bid to keep him in Birmingham.
 
However, Newcastle were keen to have him back, and Milner returned to his own club for the start of the 2006 season where he started every game.  Milner remained with Newcastle until the end of 2008 when, despite rumours he would be moving to Liverpool, he personally requested a return to Aston Villa.  He signed for them on 29 August 2008 in a £12 million deal.
 
On 19th May 2010, it was reported that Aston Villa had rejected an offer of £20 million for Milner from Manchester City. Martin O’Neill, who was Aston Villa’s manager at the time said that as Milner had expressed a desire to go to Manchester City he could be released, but only at Villa’s valuation. On 17th August 2010 it was reported that an agreement had been reached in a deal worth around £24 million, which included a player exchange for Stephen Ireland. Milner made his debut for Manchester City on 23rd August in a 3-0 win over Liverpool.
 
Milner’s International career began at youth level but he came on for his first England game with the senior team in 2009 for the final 23 minutes of a friendly against Holland.  His most recent match was against Egypt on 3 March 2010.
 
At the time of writing this (May 2012), James Milner has appeared 78 times for Manchester City, scoring 4 goals. He has been capped by England on 25 occassions. No goals.