England cup-winning captain Bobby Moore commemorated with plaque at his old school in Barking
PUBLISHED: 15:23 22 May 2013 | UPDATED: 15:23 22 May 2013
World-cup winning England and West Ham United player Bobby Moore was commemorated with a plaque at his old school unveiled by former Hammers teammate Sir Trevor Brooking.
The defender, who famously led the England football team to their only World Cup victory in 1966, attended Ripple Primary School in Barking as a young boy from August 30, 1946, to July 10, 1952.
The blue plaque celebrates his life and sporting achievements and was unveiled by Sir Trevor Brooking, who also attended the school, on Monday.
Sir Trevor Brooking, the Football Association’s director of football development, said Bobby was a “true sporting hero”.
He added: “It was at Ripple School that I was first played competitive football.
“I am very pleased to hear that my old school team are successfully carrying on the tradition and I am honoured to be part of today’s ceremony to celebrate Bobby.”
Council leader Cllr Liam Smith, who this year launched a campaign for a posthumous knighthood for Bobby Moore, said: “2013 marks two decades since the death of Bobby Moore still England’s greatest and most iconic football captain.
“Born in Barking in 1941, he remains one of the game’s true giants, regarded by people far and wide as one of the greatest footballers of all time.”
During his visit to the school Sir Trevor Brooking met with pupils at that had recently played in a football tournament at Anfield, home to Liverpool FC.
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