West Ham captain to draw Barking and Dagenham’s school World Cup tournament

West Ham United's Mark Noble will make the initial draw this afternoon (Pic: Nick Potts/PA)

West Ham United's Mark Noble will make the initial draw this afternoon (Pic: Nick Potts/PA) - Credit: PA WIRE

Hammers captain Mark Noble will make the draw for a primary school football tournament this afternoon, celebrating the 50th anniversary of England’s World Cup win.

Up to 19 schools from across Barking and Dagenham will be involved in the competition, with each side set to find out which nation from the ‘66 competition they will represent.

The mini World Cup will take place in July and Noble hopes the tournament will act as a platform for the borough’s next generation of footballing talent.

“It’s a real pleasure to back Barking and Dagenham’s mini world cup,” he said, ahead of the draw at Dagenham and Redbridge’s Victoria Road ground.

“The borough has produced so many West Ham and England greats – it’s phenomenal.

“You never know what will come out of the competition, we may discover the next Bobby Moore.”

The tournament, which starts on July 4, is supported by the West Ham United Foundation with the final on July 23 to be complemented by a family fun day, backed by McDonald’s.

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Ahead of that, a special screening of sporting documentary Bo66y Moore The Movie will take place at The Broadway Theatre in Barking on June 2, at 7pm, with all ticket proceeds going to the Moore Family Foundation.

Council leader Cllr Darren Rodwell said: “While many fans know that the Hammer’s won the World Cup for England in ’66, it is also true to say Barking and Dagenham had a massive part to play in the win, because Bobby Moore was from Barking, Sir Alf Ramsey from Dagenham and Martin Peters lived here too.

“That’s why we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of England’s win with an exciting programme of events including our school’s world cup competition.”

There will also be a special World Cup One Borough community day in Parsloes Park on 30 July – 50 years to the day since England lifted the Jules Rimet trophy.