WEST HAM 1965: Brown says ‘Mooro’ was simply the best
PUBLISHED: 15:30 22 May 2015
If you ask any England fan, or any West Ham supporter of an age, then there is little doubt about who is their greatest ever player, writes Dave Evans.
Barking-born Robert Frederick Chelsea (Bobby) Moore played for the Hammers over 500 times and notched up 108 England caps
And while players today are paid money beyond most people’s wildest dreams, for Moore it was about honour, trophies and about the game itself.
He captained West Ham to FA Cup glory in 1964, lifted the European Cup Winners’ Cup the following year when he was just 24 and returned 12 months later to skipper England to that famous World Cup victory.
He was simply the best England ever had, but do not take my word for it, listen to the man who played alongside him in defence for both the FA Cup and Euro triumphs.
“He was unique,” said 81-year-old Ken Brown. “He was a great fella who would work his socks off for the lads. He wasn’t the quickest though, in fact he was probably the slowest in the team, whereas I was like lightning, especially when I was running away from the bar!”
So what was Moore like?
“All I could see was danger and I just wanted to get it away, but I lost count of the times when balls were punted up towards us and I would go behind ‘Mooro’ to cover.
“But he never, ever missed it. He could read the game brilliantly. He made me look so good!”
Moore, who tragically died in 1993 at the age of just 51, was England’s biggest star of the mid-sixties and Brown knew what sort of pressure he was under.
“I was quite close to ‘Mooro’ and he was unbelievable, I didn’t know how he coped with the stardom because everybody wanted to talk to him – everybody loved him.
“But I remember when we went to New York on a summer tour, you could see the change in him. You could see him relaxing because no bugger knew him there.
“It was like Beckham and Rooney now, but I doubt they would be as popular, he was the best,” said Brown.
Or as talented. Just imagine if he was playing in today’s game.