Bobby Moore became England’s youngest captain on this day.
Early in Alf Ramsey’s reign as England boss he took the team on a three-match tour to Europe. For the opening match with Czechoslovakia in Bratislava, played on this day in 1963, Ramsey made Bobby Moore his captain for the first time.
At 22 years 47 days the West Ham United defender was England’s youngest skipper and it’s a record that he still holds.
In the space of three weeks England faced internationals against Brazil and Czechoslovakia, the two teams which had contested the World Cup Final in Chile the year before.
England held the Brazilians, 3-1 winners in Santiago, to a 1-1 draw at Wembley and then went on to achieve an impressive 4-2 victory against the Czechs with the young Moore wearing the armband.
It was one of England’s best-ever performances on foreign soil. They used a cleverly retreating defence to soak up some early Czech pressure and then took an 18th-minute lead.
Moore started the move, intercepting a pass in midfield and finding Bobby Smith. He put Spurs team-mate Jimmy Greaves through to slip past a clutch of defenders and slot the ball past the advancing Schroif.
Further goals by Smith, Greaves and Bobby Charlton sealed a great win for Ramsey’s England. Moore had made his debut almost exactly a year earlier, in a 4-0 friendly win in Peru, and finished with 108 caps.
His 90 appearances as England captain is a record that he shares with Billy Wright.