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Though he passed away 20 years ago today, the admiration and respect for England's FIFA World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore remains undimmed among peers and football fans at large.
Not just an outstanding player and leader, the defender – who made his name at West Ham United FC – was revered as much for his qualities off the field as for his talents on it. "Bobby was a great guy, a fantastic man, I'm so sorry he's still not here," said former West Ham and England team-mate Martin Peters.
Yet even if Moore – an FA Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup winner with West Ham prior to lifting the 1966 World Cup – is no longer with us after his death aged 51 from bowel cancer, his legacy lives on through the Bobby Moore Fund (for Cancer Research UK).
"We are starting a new campaign to raise awareness of bowel cancer, targeting men between the ages of 35 and 65, to raise funds for research and raise awareness of the symptoms," said his widow Stephanie Moore. "This new campaign is called 'Make Bobby Proud'." Legendary footballer that he was, it may be away from the pitch that Bobby Moore leaves his most lasting impression – helping to save lives.
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