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West Ham to erect new statue of Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters outside the London Stadium

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West Ham have announced the commissioning of a new statue at the London Stadium honouring a trio of club legends in Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters.

The 1966 World Cup winners, who all progressed through the club's academy, will be immortalised outside the Stratford stadium in a bronze statue depicting them lifting the European Cup Winners’ Cup trophy in 1965 as part of the club's 125th anniversary plans.

In 2003 Moore, Hurst and Peters were commemorated as part of the 'Champions Statue', alongside Ray Wilson, near the Hammers' former home at Upton Park - where that statue will remain.

“It is a tremendous honour and I feel very proud that Bobby, Martin and I, along with our team-mates in 1965, have been recognised in this way," said Hurst. "We were all very fortunate to play together for West Ham United at a time when the Club enjoyed such great success, and it was our development in that period which ultimately paved the way for the achievement of winning the World Cup with England.

“Bobby, Martin and I shared such wonderful times. We grew up together as young players and managed to reach the pinnacle of the game alongside one another for both club and country."

The statue will be located outside the Bobby Moore Stand, as part of the 'Champions Place' area outside the ground, and the formal name will be decided by the fans as part of an online vote.

The original statue will remain Photo: PA Archive/PA Images

Roberta Moore, daughter of the late England and West Ham captain, said: “This is a wonderful tribute and I am very proud that my father, along with his teammates, will be honoured in this way at the home of West Ham United. Dad, Geoff and Martin, along with all the players at West Ham during that time, shared such great camaraderie and spirit. They were teammates on the pitch and friends off the pitch; they grew up together through the ranks of the Academy, and achieved fantastic success with the first team.

In Pictures | Bobby Moore 1/48 One of the most iconic images in English sporting history. July 30, 1966 England captain Bobby Moore, carried shoulder high by his team mates, holding aloft the World Cup trophy. England defeated Germany 4-2 in the final, played at London's Wembley Stadium AP 2/48 1962: Bobby Moore in his West Ham kit Getty Images 3/48 August 1962: Young fans photograph the England and West Ham United star Getty Images 4/48 1963: Moore heads the ball during a training session at the Allen and Hanbury ground, Chadwell Heath, Essex Getty Images 5/48 Posing with the FA Cup and Charity Shield in August 1964 Getty Images 6/48 Bobby Moore leads his West Ham teammates in celebrating their 1964 FA Cup win Getty Images 7/48 1964: Bobby Moore carrying a giant inflatable hammer after West Ham won the FA Cup Getty Images 8/48 Bobby Moore volleys a ball at Upton Park in 1965 Getty Images 9/48 1965: The defender often put in extra hours at the Hammers' home ground Getty Images 10/48 Bobby Moore trains at Upton Park in 1965 Getty Images 11/48 1965: England and West Ham duo Booby Moore and Johnny Byrne. Getty Images 12/48 With Sir Alf Ramsey during training in 1965 13/48 Bobby Moore and West Germany captain Uwe Seeler exchange pennants ahead of the World Cup final, 1966 AFP/Getty Images 14/48 1966: Queen Elizabeth II smiles after presenting England captain Bobby Moore with the Jules Rimet trophy. Getty Images 15/48 Moore (centre) is congratulated by squad member Jimmy Armfield (left) as he clings onto the World Cup PA 16/48 The England football team with the Jules Rimet trophy which they won in the 1966 World Cup final PA 17/48 England captain Bobby Moore kissing the Jules Rimet trophy as the team celebrate winning the 1966 World Cup final against Germany at Wembley Stadium Getty Images 18/48 1966: Bobby Moore and his wife, Tina, celebrate winning the World Cup Getty Images 19/48 1966: Bobby Moore and Portugal legend Eusebio pose with the Jules Rimet and their BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards. Getty Images 20/48 West Ham and England trio (left to right) Geoff Hurst, Bobby Moore and Martin Peters pose in 1966 Getty Images 21/48 1966: Bobby Moore models a suit by couturier Sir Hardy Amies Getty Images 22/48 Sir Alf Ramsey, England manager with Bobby Moore during a training session in 1967 Associated Newspapers 23/48 1967: Posing at Upton Park during his West Ham days 24/48 Bobby Moore at Buckingham Palace with his wife Tina after receiving his Isignia as an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) from The Queen in 1967 PA 25/48 1968: Bobby Moore leads England out at Wembley ahead of a friendly against Sweden. Getty Images 26/48 1969: Bobby Moore poses at Harrison-Moore Ltd leather coat factory in east London, of which he was a co-owner Getty Images 27/48 Booby Moore leads out the West Ham team at Upton Park, closely followed by Geoff Hurst, circa 1970 Getty Images 28/48 Moore looking stylish in 1970 PA 29/48 Brazil's captain Carlos Alberto, left, and England's captain Bobby Moore, prior to their World Cup match in the Jalisco Stadium in Mexico on 7th June 1970 AP 30/48 1970: Bobby Moore at his home Getty Images 31/48 Bobby Moore at home with his wife Tina, circa 1970 Getty Images 32/48 1971: Bobby Moore at home with his two children, Roberta and Dean Getty Images 33/48 England's captain Bobby Moore (left) exchanges momento's with West German captain Franz Beckenbauer in 1972 PA 34/48 1972: Bobby Moore in England training Getty Images 35/48 Bobby Moore (right) captain of West Ham United and Geoff Hurst of Stoke City watch closely for a corner kick in 1972 PA 36/48 1973: West Ham United's Bobby Moore (left), who broke the record for the most appearances for the Hammers by reaching 509. He is with the old record holder Jimmy Ruffell, whose record of 508 has stood since 1936 PA 37/48 1974: Bobby Moore faces Plymouth Argyle reserves with the West Ham reserve side, his last game in a Hammers shirt Getty Images 38/48 1974: Bobby Moore poses with teammates Flemming Hanssen (centre) and Alan Mullery (right) Getty Images 39/48 1975: Moore in action for Fulham during a League Division One match played at Craven Cottage 40/48 1976: The Fulham Three: Bobby Moore alongside George Best (centre) and Rodney Marsh (right) Getty Images 41/48 Playing for Fulham, Moore goes for the ball with Sheffield United's Keith Edwards during a match at Craven Cottage, 1977 Getty Images 42/48 1977: Bobby Moore gives the thumbs up on a train at Euston Station before leaving for Blackburn for his last ever league game before retirement Getty Images 43/48 1987: Moore in action in a celebrity match prior to the FA Cup final between Tottenham Hotspur and Coventry City at Wembley Stadium. Coventry won the final 3-2. 44/48 Bobby Morre with Michael Caine and Sylvester Stallone in 'Escape to Victory' (1981) 45/48 1981: Michael Caine (left) and Bobby Moore pose before the Charity Premiere of 'Escape to Victory' Getty Images 46/48 July 1997: General view of the Bobby Moore Stand at Upton Park the home of West Ham United FC in London 47/48 Sir Bobby Charlton unveils the Bobby Moore statue at Wembley Stadium on 11th May 2007 in Wembley, England. Artist Philip Jackson created the sculpture of the former England and West Ham captain. The statue of the 1966 world cup hero will be positioned to look down Olympic way, standing six metres in height and weighing approximately two tons. Getty Images 48/48 2015: The Bobby Moore statue stands proudly outside Wembley stadium PA

“It has been a real privilege to be actively involved in the early stages of the design process for the statue. As someone with a huge passion for art and sculpture, I was delighted to be asked by the club to provide my views, and obviously the fact that it is to honour my dad makes it a real labour of love.

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Joint-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold said: “We are extremely proud and honoured to have commissioned this statue, which we believe will be a magnificent and fitting tribute to the three greatest players in our history and the finest hour they shared with their team-mates in a claret and blue shirt."




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