Cafe Football is back with another episode on the Football Purists Network. In this episode, Jeff Hallett hosts Nick Davies and Jimmy Torrejon to chat about the famous Bobby Moore biography, The Man In Full.
We learn Bobby’s a complicated hero & favorite son of England, one of the precious few to win a World Cup for England. So many interesting off-shoots to the current game, Bobby’s character as a player, his public persona & contrast with current players, the roots of “build from the back” play West Ham & England ultimately made popular, inspired of course by South American play.
Check out Matt Dickinson’s book Bobby Moore – Man in Full
About this book: The definitive biography of England’s greatest footballer, and World Cup winning captain by one of the Country’s most-respected football writers.
‘Immaculate footballer — Imperial defender — Immortal hero of 1966… National treasure — Master of Wembley — Lord of the game — Captain extraordinary — Gentleman for all time.’
With these words, inscribed beneath the statue of England s World Cup-winning captain, the nation remembers Bobby Moore. But what do we really know about this iconic figure? Pele called him the greatest — and fairest — defender he ever played against. His feats for West Ham United and England are legendary and his technical mastery of the game years ahead of its time. Yet off the pitch, Moore knew scandal, bankruptcy, divorce and drink. He endured a string of business failures and maintained links with the East End underworld. Ignored by the football world post-retirement, this great of the game drifted into obscurity and, famously, was never honoured with a knighthood.
Acclaimed football writer Matt Dickinson traces the journey of this Essex boy who became the patron saint of English football, peeling away the layers of legend and looking at Moore s life from all sides — in triumph, in failure, in full.”