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  • Published: 15 June 2015
  • ISBN: 9780224091732
  • Imprint: Yellow Jersey
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $22.99

Bobby Moore

The Man in Full




The definitive biography of England's greatest footballer, and World Cup winning captain by one of the country's most-respected football writers.

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER AND SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR

‘Immaculate footballer. Imperial defender. Immortal hero of 1966. Master of Wembley. Captain extraordinary. Gentleman of all time.’

With these words, inscribed beneath the statue of England’s World Cup-winning captain, the nation remembers Bobby Moore. But what do we really know about this iconic figure?

Pelé called him the greatest – and fairest – defender he ever played against. His feats for West Ham United and England are legendary and his technical mastery of the game years ahead of its time. Yet off the pitch, Moore knew scandal, bankruptcy, divorce and drink. He endured a string of business failures and maintained links with the East End underworld. Ignored by the football world post-retirement, this great of the game drifted into obscurity and, famously, was never honoured with a knighthood.

Acclaimed football writer Matt Dickinson traces the journey of this Essex boy who became the patron saint of English football, peeling away the layers of legend and looking at Moore’s life from all sides – in triumph, in failure, in full.

‘This should be essential, sobering reading for anyone who cares about West Ham, England or English football’ Metro

  • Pub date: 15 June 2015
  • ISBN: 9780224091732
  • Imprint: Yellow Jersey
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Matt Dickinson

Matt Dickinson is Chief Sports Correspondent for The Times, where he has worked for 17 years and covered five World Cups. He has won numerous awards including Sports Journalist of the Year. He has previously written books with David Beckham and Gary Neville but this is his first biography.

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Praise for Bobby Moore

“Brilliant”

Oliver Holt, Daily Mirror

“Devastating. No ghosted autobiography can match the nuanced insight of the latest book on Bobby Moore, a hero flawed by alcohol”

Ian Herbert, Independent

“Well-researched and written, this book brings us the real Bobby Moore”

Matthew Syed, The Times

“A tragic tale, admirably researched and poignantly told”

Nick Pitt, Sunday Times

“It’s an immaculately researched voyage of discovery into a footballing enigma. We’ll never know the man in full, but this comes close”

Ben East, Metro

“We know this story, but it's still a page-turner”

Marcus Berkmann, Daily Mail

“The strength of the book lies in the way Dickinson has been able to go beyond football and find Moore’s real character… Dickinson’s achievement has been to honour the memory of Moore while also allowing us to understand that he was far from perfect”

Mark Segal, When Saturday Comes

“Absorbing”

Spectator

“This should be essential, sobering reading for anyone who cares about West Ham, England or English football”

Julian Shea, Metro

“Bobby Moore will rightly be forever remembered as the champion of his era, the most serenely masterful footballer ever to have hailed from these shores; “The Man in Full”, not shying away from human fallacies, serves as a reminder that he was the same as every one of us”

Jack Gaughan, Mail Online

“Full marks to Matt Dickinson”

Steven Howard, Sun

“Dickinson makes Moore sound more human… One suspects this excellent biography comes close to describing the real Moore”

UK Press Syndication

“Excellent”

Jon Wise, 5 stars, Weekend Sport

“Outstanding”

UK Press Syndication

“Dickinson manages to bring balance to this incredibly well-researched book”

4 stars, FourFourTwo

“Dickinson is tender to the memory of the Essex lad who, for a breathtaking instant, was glorious”

Ain Finlayson and Kate Saunders, Saga Magazine

“Matt's work is the most impressive West Ham book of the year, a genuine and sincere attempt to get to the root of the man. It is an excellent, thought-provoking book”

Knees Up Mother Brown

“A compelling and complete account”

Sport

“In The Man in Full, acclaimed football writer Matt Dickinson traces the journey of this Essex boy, peeling away the layers of legend and looking at Moore’s life from all sides – in triumph, in failure, in full”

Bert Wright, Nudge


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