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Southend Managers From Yesteryear – Bobby Moore

30 May 2018

When you mention the name Bobby Moore you’d be forgiven for remembering him as one of, if not the, greatest player to ever play for West Ham United and England’s World Cup winning captain.

But for two years the defender, who was cited as the greatest ever to play against the legendary Pele, was manager of Southend United. 
 
Born in Barking in 1941, Moore’s legacy as a player is unquestioned, winning both the FA Cup and UEFA Cup Winners Cup in over 600 appearances for West Ham. 
 
And he is mostly remembered as the only England captain ever to lift the World Cup trophy, having led his country to victory in the final of the 1966 World Cup. 
 
Moore would go on to represent England 108 times, which was a record for an outfield player, and has only been surpassed by Steven Gerrard, David Beckham and Wayne Rooney. 
 
Having briefly had spells managing in Hong Kong as well as in England with non-league Oxford City, Moore was appointed Blues boss in February 1984. 
 
Moore was unable to save Southend from relegation to the Fourth Division in the 1983/84 season, and in his first full season he barely staved off having to seek re-election to the Football League. 
 
All of this happened during a time when Blues were in dire-straights financially under the ownership of Anton Johnson, who the Football League would go on to ban from football following an investigation by the Serious Fraud Squad. 
 
As much as Moore’s managerial record at Roots Hall can be considered unsuccessful, he can be credited with helping the sinking ship that was Southend United stay afloat after the Johnson debacle. 
 
Thrust into the position of manager unexpectedly, Moore was languished with a squad who couldn’t be paid and off the field distractions taking up most of his attention. 
 
Despite the club being saved by incoming owner Vic Jobson, Moore’s tenure at the club would end in April 1986 after the two fell out over team selections. 
 
Moore will forever be remembered as one of the greats of English football, but he was unable to translate that success into management with the managerial position at Southend his last. 
 
Factfile:
 
Date of Birth: 12th April 1941
Place of Birth: Barking, Essex
Managed Southend: 1984-1986
Playing Honours: World Cup 1966, FA Cup 1963-64, UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup 1964-65
Managerial Honours: None
Previous Clubs: Oxford City, Eastern AA

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