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  • Published: 18 September 2014
  • ISBN: 9781473513280
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 9 hr 58 min
  • Narrator: Colin Mace
  • RRP: $19.99
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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.

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

These are some of the words inscribed beneath the statue of England’s World Cup-winning captain, Bobby Moore, at Wembley stadium. Since Moore’s death, of bowel cancer at just 51, these accolades represent the accepted view of this national treasure. But what do we actually know about Bobby Moore as a person? What about the grit alongside the glory?

Moore was undeniably an extraordinary captain and player. 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 ahead of its time. Few footballers since have come close to his winning combination of intelligence, skill, temperament and class.

Yet off the pitch, Moore knew scandal, divorce and drink. What about the string of failed businesses, whispers of bad behaviour, links to the East End underworld and turbulent private life? Ignored by the football world post-retirement, this great of the game drifted into obscurity and, famously, there was no 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.

  • Published: 18 September 2014
  • ISBN: 9781473513280
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 9 hr 58 min
  • Narrator: Colin Mace
  • RRP: $19.99
Categories:

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

Excellent

Jon Wise, 5 stars, Weekend Sport

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

UK Press Syndication

Absorbing

Spectator

Full marks to Matt Dickinson

Steven Howard, Sun

Brilliant

Oliver Holt, Daily Mirror

Outstanding

UK Press Syndication

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

4 stars, FourFourTwo

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

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

Ian Herbert, Independent

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

Ain Finlayson and Kate Saunders, Saga Magazine

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

Julian Shea, Metro

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

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

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

Matthew Syed, The Times

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

Marcus Berkmann, Daily Mail

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

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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