Saturday 23 February 2013

True legends are made of this

Welcome to Upton Park
Even in this era where everything is talked up to the point of being ‘sensational’, ‘unprecedented’ and ‘legendary’,  there are moments when we get to appreciate what true legendary status means. In our lifetimes we have experienced Charlton, Best and Moore to go with International phenomena of Pele, Beckenbauer, Cruyff and Maradona, and yes from today’s crop, Messi and Ronaldo.

Another good day at the office
It would be churlish to try and sum up what made Bobby so special, but equally, one cannot overlook his unusual capacity to read and predict a game couple with a precision of timing that gave him such presence on the field of play. Today’s coaches, including our own present incumbent, might have judged the young Moore a little short for a centre half, but thankfully the coaches at West Ham back then knew better.

                                                         Even legends have to endure training fads
The seasons come and go, relegations and promotions, with cup runs and occasional forays into Europe, but Bobby forever remains in our consciousness.

Now that is true legend.


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