Bobby Moore on Channel 4

Last updated : 16 April 2002 By Mike Reich
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As part of their Football Stories series, Channel 4 are showing When Bobby Moore Met Jimmy Greaves on Tuesday night at 9pm.

They were two of Britain's greatest footballers. For over 30 years Bobby Moore, England's inspirational captain, found his life intertwined with Jimmy Greaves, England's maverick striker and loveable rogue.

They were fellow East Enders, international room-mates, drinking partners, on-field rivals (for West Ham and Spurs) and best friends. Together they experienced the emotional roller-coaster of England's World Cup campaigns. They'd hoped to share the World Cup victory of '66 but Greaves missed out through injury.

By the time Moore led England into the 1970 World Cup, Greaves was retired from international football and participating in a London to Mexico rally.
He was on-hand to visit Moore after his arrest for theft in Bogota.

In the early Seventies their friendship grew firmer when Greaves signed for Moore's West Ham. But their drinking exploits the night before a West Ham match against Blackpool in 1971 signalled the end of their on-field partnership.

After their playing days, they both struggled to find a suitable role in life, and had to confront Greaves's alcoholism and Moore's cancer. Jimmy came back from the brink to star on television in Saint & Greavsie, but Bobby was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He died in February 1993.

The cast includes Jimmy Greaves, Tina Moore plus Roberta and Dean Moore (Bobby's wife and children), Sir Geoff Hurst, Sir Bobby Charlton and other members of the 1966 England World Cup winning team.

For more on not only the greatest footballer ever to play in claret and blue, but probably the best footballer ever, go the excellent Bobby Moore online site.