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CHARLES SALE: West Ham ‘snub’ to Bobby Moore charity revealed in biography of Hammers legend

By Charles Sale for the Daily Mail 22:48 07 Sep 2014, updated 10:15 08 Sep 2014

Biography: Matt Dickinson’s book on Bobby Moore

A new biography of World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore has revealed the divisions that still exist at West Ham over the legacy around his fabled name.

The book, an outstanding work of research by Matt Dickinson, outlines Moore’s second wife Stephanie’s upset at West Ham no longer supporting the cancer charity she formed in his memory after his death in 1993.

Yet the club still commercialise Bobby’s legend through a number of marketing initiatives, including a BM6 hospitality suite, his image on tickets and posters and ‘Moore than a football club’ as a licensed trademark.

Stephanie, who says she has not been properly consulted on the use of the Moore name, adds: ‘There’s no ongoing financial contribution to the Fund.’

West Ham counter that the club still have an awareness day promoting the Bobby Moore Fund at a big match during the season and they are working on Moore-related charity projects to be announced soon with his first wife Tina and daughter Roberta, focusing on social mobility and supporting young people in the local community.

Roberta is also backing the proposed Bobby Moore memorial garden at Upton Park as part of the redevelopment when the club move to the Olympic Stadium. A Hammers spokesman said: ‘We are always going to support charities linked with Bobby Moore.’

The book’s many anecdotes include ‘worst businessman’ Moore turning down being represented by Mark McCormack’s IMG and Chigwell Golf Club deciding England’s greatest defender was not the ‘right type’ for membership.

It didn’t go unnoticed at Sky Sports that their best-paid cricket pundit Sir Ian Botham said in his prestigious Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s last week that the Indian Premier League should be abolished.

Sky have just spent a considerable sum securing the IPL rights from next year, although Botham and fellow commentators David Gower and Michael Holding have nothing to do with Sky’s T20 cricket.

Pundit: Former England cricketer Ian Botham believes the Indian Premier League should be abolished

Milton Keynes has emerged as a likely temporary venue for Tottenham while their new stadium is being built, probably in 2016-17.

Spurs had representatives at MK Dons for their Capital One Cup victory over Manchester United to experience the atmosphere when the ground is full to its 32,000 capacity.

They say Stadium mk, which was one of the proposed venues if England had hosted the 2018 World Cup and is staging three 2015 Rugby World Cup games, is one of four of five options being looked at, with no firm decision made.

One plan is to rotate between Wembley, the Olympic Stadium and Stadium mk, depending on the fixture.

Options: Milton Keynes’ Stadium mk has emerged as a likely temporary home for Tottenham

FA chairman Greg Dyke’s B-team proposals from his England Commission may have been kicked into the long grass but his recommendation that the visa entry requirements for non-EU footballers playing here become stricter, to increase chances for English talent, is in the pipeline. Following consultation with the Home Office, a new system has been approved by the FA board and has gone out to wider football consultation.


Kevin Pietersen had media accreditation from India’s Star TV for a pundit role during the England-India one-day series and Twenty20 match.

That would have made for fascinating confrontations in the TV and radio booths with arch foes Andrew Strauss and Graeme Swann — but KP was a no-show throughout.

Meanwhile, Amazon are offering KP’s upcoming autobiography at half price five weeks before publication.

No show: Kevin Pietersen had media accreditation for the England-India 0ne-day series and Twenty20 match

The Racing Post are not hosting their usual box at Doncaster for their title sponsor trophy race on October 25 in protest at track owners Arena Racing Company being part of a racecourse collective charging the paper for commercialising racecard data. The Post, in their email to Doncaster guests, call it a ‘huge and disproportionate hike in charges’.

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