Was Bobby Moore one of the best defenders in history?

Off the Ball spoke to Brian Glanville on the anniversary of Moore's death

BY Daniel Kelly 11:23 Thursday 25 February 2016, 11:23 25 Feb 2016

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Wednesday marked the 23rd anniversary of the death of England's 1966 World Cup captain Bobby Moore.

On 24th February 1993, Moore passed away as a result of colon cancer. Aged 51, he was the first member of England' World Cup-winning team to die. He was outlived be manager Alf Ramsey and coach Harold Shepardson. Alan Ball, was the second member of the iconic team to die, which happened 14-years later. 

To mark the anniversary of Moore's death, Off the Ball spoke to journalist Brian Glanville about the player described by Franz Beckenbauer as "the best defender in the history of the game".

Moore's career was best remembered for his exploits in 1966, but his club career was dominated by his time at West Ham United. He played for the East London club for over 15 years before he concluded his career with spells at Fulham and American and Danish clubs.

Glanville told the show that while people like Beckenbauer and Alex Ferguson called him one of the best defenders ever "He hadn't the particular talents of a Beckenbauer. What he has were the talents of a great defender".

Moore's legacy lives on in English football. West Ham are linked with the Bobby Moore Fund, supporting cancer research. He is also immortalised outside Wembley with a statue commemorating his life.

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