Trevor Brooking and Bobby Charlton recall Bobby Moore's famous performance in 1970
It was perhaps the most anticipated match of the 1970 World Cup Finals and provided one of the most iconic images in football history.
Reigning champions England captained by Bobby Moore
against the now legendary Brazil side, led by Pele.
The Brazilians won 1-0 in this group match, but both teams qualified for the quarter finals. At the end of the game Moore and Pele swapped shirts and the resulting scene encapsulated the mutual respect the two players had for each other.
FA Director of Football Development Sir Trevor Brooking
and Moore's team-mate that day Sir Bobby Charlton
recall a true captain's performance.
Brooking said: "Everyone talks about a football brain and Bobby's reading the game was second to none.
"He anticipated interceptions and then of course his distribution - he was one of the first central defenders to play out from the back.
"The good thing about the game against Brazil was that it summed up everything about his strengths. It was a really hot day, the pace of the game can drag you down - it was all about his timing, his reading of the game. It never looked as though his energy was sapping.
"Whenever it looked as if a danger was coming, you felt confident that this blond figure would emerge to sweep up the play."
Charlton played alongside Moore that day and remembers the performance well.
He said of his skipper: "He would come out and you would think, 'how did he read that, how did he get that ball?'
"People say one of the best performances that any defender has ever produced. I wouldn't argue with that - it was a fantastic performance."
The Manchester United Ambassador expanded on Moore's qualities as a captain and relationship with England Manager Sir Alf Ramsey
Charlton added: "He was a born captain, he was a leader.
"If you thought he was busy on the field playing a match it was nothing compared to the number of times that he used to take you to one side to talk about a situation.
"He was the communications between the team and Alf Ramsey. Alf obviously thought a lot of him because it was very soon after he was in charge that he picked Bobby Moore and made him the captain of England."The Bobby Moore Fund
In 1993 when Bobby Moore OBE died prematurely from bowel cancer at the age of 51, the nation grieved for a football legend and a true gentleman. Stephanie Moore MBE established the Bobby Moore Fund, in partnership with Cancer Research UK in 1993. Since its launch The Fund has raised over £18.8m for ground-breaking bowel cancer research projects and awareness.
20th Anniversary – Make Bobby Proud
2013 is the 20th anniversary of the Bobby Moore Fund so to mark the occasion the Bobby Moore Fund are launching a new campaign for Bowel Cancer Awareness month in April 2013 to ‘Make Bobby Proud’.
There are plenty of ways to get involved to help Make Bobby Proud in 2013. The Bobby Moore Fund benefited from a direct association with The FA England Awards at St. George’s Park
earlier this month while The FA donated £25,000 to the Bobby Moore Fund
, which was then matched by the England players through the England Footballers Foundation.
You can make a donation to the Bobby Moore Fund quickly and easily. Just text Hero065 to 70070 to donate £5 to the Bobby Moore Fund.
100% of donations will go to Cancer Research UK’s Bobby Moore Fund. UK residents 16+ only. See Terms & Conditions at www.bobbymoorefund.org Reg charity nos: England (1089464); Scotland (SC041666); IoM (1103)