Google+ Followers

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Bobby Moore's First Game

On 16th September, 1957, Malcolm Allison was taken ill after a game against Sheffield United. Doctors discovered he was suffering from tuberculosis and he had to have a lung removed. Noel Cantwell became the new captain. That season West Ham United won the Second Division championship. The authors of The Essential History of West Ham United point out that Allison was the main reason the club had won promotion: "A footballing visionary who in six short years would revolutionise the club's archaic regime and transform training, coaching techniques and tactics to secure promotion to the first division in 1958".

Allison returned to the club and played several games for the reserves but with only one lung he struggled with his fitness. West Ham had an injury crisis for its home game against Manchester United on 8th September 1958. Malcolm Pyke, Bill Lansdowne and Andy Nelson were all injured. The manager, Ted Fenton asked Noel Cantwell who he should select for the game. Cantwell told Brian Belton, the author of Days of Iron: The Story of West Ham United in the Fifties (1999): "The game against Manchester United was on a Monday night. Fenton called me into the office asking who should play left-half, Allison or Moore. He didn't really want the burden of the decision."

Cantwell added in another interview for the book, Moore than a Legend (1997): "Malcolm came out of hospital and trained while Bobby was cruising along in the reserves. Malcolm was ready for the United game but the vacancy was for a left-half. Malcolm was more of a stopper and it needed someone more mobile. When Ted asked me who to pick, it was a hard decision. The sorcerer or his apprentice?" Cantwell eventually selected Moore over Allison.

Bobby Moore later talked about this decision to Jeff Powell for this book, Bobby Moore: The Life and Times of a Sporting Hero (1997): "The Allison connection could only be dredged up from the bottom of a long, long glass. Even then, Moore probed gingerly at the memory". Eventually Moore told him: " After three or four matches they were top of the First Division, due to play Manchester United on the Monday night, and they had run out of left halves. Billy Lansdowne, Andy Nelson, all of them were unfit. It's got to be me or Malcolm. I'd been a professional for two and a half months and Malcolm had taught me everything I knew. For all the money in the world I wanted to play. For all the money in the world I wanted Malcolm to play because he'd worked like a bastard for this one game in the First Division."

Moore added: "It somehow had to be that when I walked into the dressing room and found out I was playing, Malcolm was the first person I saw. I was embarrassed to look at him. He said Well done. I hope you do well. I knew he meant it but I knew how he felt. For a moment I wanted to push the shirt at him and say Go on, Malcolm. It's yours. Have your game. I can't stop you. Go on, Malcolm. My time will come. But he walked out and I thought maybe my time wouldn't come again. Maybe this would be my only chance. I thought: you've got to be lucky to get the chance, and when the chance comes you've got to be good enough to take it. I went out and played the way Malcolm had always told me to play."

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/WHmooreB2.htm

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/WHallisonM.htm

26 comments:

Peris Wanjiru said...

This a great article. i wonder how to compare what this writer can write. For business Writing Services contact http//:BusinessWritingServices.org

ARMAAN said...

It was amazing as you say - bet I won't be tickets like that to an England game again!!!
Torso Ball

ARMAAN said...

It was amazing as you say - bet I won't be tickets like that to an England game again!!!
Hcg Free Trial

ARMAAN said...

I already thought of getting Metal Gear Solid 4, War Hawk or Call of Duty 4, but I still can't choose a game.
Wrinkle cream

ARMAAN said...

Contra is the first game that deals with political content.
Plaque Attack

ARMAAN said...

The game Phantasy Star 2, which is recognized as one of the better RPGs of all time, revolves around genetic engineering experiments gone horribly awry, futile attempts to control the environment and ultimately humans destroying Earth and their quest to take over planets from another solar system.
Slim Fuel

ARMAAN said...

I already thought of getting Metal Gear Solid 4, War Hawk or Call of Duty 4, but I still can't choose a game.
Force Factor

ARMAAN said...

I am not referring to any built-in games but the first game sold in stores. Master was Sega's first well known gaming system.
Genie Bra

ARMAAN said...

For me it was a game back in 1981. Jets Vs Dolphins. Richard Todd threw a winning TD with only seconds left & won the game for the Jets 16-15.
Aquascoop

ARMAAN said...

I'm writing a paper on games with customization and how players view them versus other games for my college class.

Xtreme No

ARMAAN said...

I'm writing a paper on games with customization and how players view them versus other games for my college class.
HCG Ultra Diet

ARMAAN said...

I already thought of getting Metal Gear Solid 4, War Hawk or Call of Duty 4, but I still can't choose a game.
Hcg Activator

ARMAAN said...

I'm just curious. In the early years, games would just repeat after you finished the last level.
Shimia Age Reversal System

PCOOL said...

customizable features?
I'm writing a paper on games with customization and how players view them versus other games for my college class.
Lean 180

PCOOL said...

I'm writing

Pure Collagen Skin Carea paper on games with customization and how players view them versus other games for my college class.

PCOOL said...

I already thought of getting Metal Gear Solid 4, War Hawk or Call of Duty 4, but I still can't choose a game.
Your Free Meds

PCOOL said...

Ok this sounds bad but the first game I played was pong on the atari. I feel old now.
HCG Activator

PCOOL said...

For me it was a game back in 1981. Jets Vs Dolphins. Richard Todd threw a winning TD with only seconds left & won the game for the Jets 16-15. After that i got hooked.
Perfect Radiance

PCOOL said...

I'm writing a paper on games with customization and how players view them versus other games for my college class.
Nitro Muscle Mass

PCOOL said...

I'm writing a paper on games with customization and how players view them versus other games for my college class.
Revitaderm

PCOOL said...

I'm just curious. In the early years, games would just repeat after you finished the last level.
Equinox Beauty

PCOOL said...

I already thought of getting Metal Gear Solid 4, War Hawk or Call of Duty 4, but I still can't choose a game.
Vistaprint Coupons

PCOOL said...

I already thought of getting Metal Gear Solid 4, War Hawk or Call of Duty 4, but I still can't choose a game.
Lipotrim

PCOOL said...

I'm just curious. In the early years, games would just repeat after you finished the last level.
Revitaslim

PCOOL said...

I am not referring to any built-in games but the first game sold in stores. Master was Sega's first well known gaming system.
Eye Secrets

PCOOL said...

I'm writing a paper on games with customization and how players view them versus other games for my college class.
Gamefly