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‘Like Superman stopping a runaway train’: when Bobby Moore tackled Jairzinho

A review of ‘Bobby Moore: The Man in Full’, by Matt Dickinson. Moore was born to be England captain

20 September 2014

9:00 AM

20 September 2014

9:00 AM

Bobby Moore: The Man in Full Matt Dickinson

Yellow Jersey, pp.384, £20, ISBN: 9780224091725

Nothing illustrates the transformation in the working lives of professional footballers since the end of the maximum wage better than the story of how Bobby Moore only just made it to the West Ham ground for his first team debut against Manchester United. Today the players arrive from their luxury mansions insulated from the world in a Lamborghini or Maserati a few hours before kick-off to be pampered by an army of physios, clinicians, sports scientists and dieticians.

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