Bobby Moore TV tribute filmed in Thorpe Bay

Echo: Brian Dear with Sky Sports reporter and cameraman Brian Dear with Sky Sports reporter and cameraman

A MOVING tribute to England football great, and one-time Southend United manager, Bobby Moore has been filmed in Thorpe Bay.

It’s now almost 20 years since West Ham United legend Bobby, the only man to captain England to World Cup glory (in 1966), died of bowel cancer, aged 51.

As part of a tribute his friend, and former West Ham United team mate, Brian Dear from Shoebury, has been interviewed for the planned Sky Sports Soccer Saturday programme.

Sky is producing the piece to mark the anniversary of Bobby’s death - February 24, 1993 - and Brian was filmed at The Roslin Beach Hotel.

There, he recalled how the pair lived together for a while, went for regular seafront strolls with their dogs and often popped into the cockle sheds in Old Leigh.

Brian, 69, said: “It’s been like a trip down memory lane.

“I met Bobby in the Sixties when I was on ground staff at West Ham and he became professional, it took me another two years to become pro.

“We played together there but were also became great friends. We socialised together and enjoyed a pint of lager or two.“

Brian went on to continue his career at Fulham and Millwall before returning to West Ham and after retiring he settled in Southend where he ran a hotel at Southend Airport in the Eighties.

He also worked as a publican for some years, and joined Southend United as catering manager.

Bobby managed the Blues between 1984 and 1986 and went on to be non-executive director at the club.

Brian added: “Before Bobby had a property here with his wife he lived with me at the hotel. Our friendship grew even stronger.

“We used to go to the cockle sheds in Old Leigh or walk the dogs.

“He was a very popular fellow.

“He left Southend in 1985 and went to live in London, but we remained close.”

He added: “I can’t believe it’s 20 years since he died.

“I’m quite involved with his charity the Bobby Moore Bowel Cancer Fund, they’ve raised about £17million an unbelievable amount of money.”

The tribute will be aired on Saturday February 23.

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6:37pm Tue 12 Feb 13

lucy10 says...

brian dear what a joke
brian dear what a joke lucy10
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8:20pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Andycal 172D says...

The Roslin Hotel is in Southchurch not Thorpe Bay. Stop giving it airs it doesn't have.
The Roslin Hotel is in Southchurch not Thorpe Bay. Stop giving it airs it doesn't have. Andycal 172D
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8:59pm Tue 12 Feb 13

saddo99 says...

lucy10 wrote:
brian dear what a joke
I was at Upton Park in 1969 when Brian Dear scored 5 goals in 20 minutes against West Brom so..not a joke! As for Mooro, a legend and sadly missed.
[quote][p][bold]lucy10[/bold] wrote: brian dear what a joke[/p][/quote]I was at Upton Park in 1969 when Brian Dear scored 5 goals in 20 minutes against West Brom so..not a joke! As for Mooro, a legend and sadly missed. saddo99
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11:31pm Tue 12 Feb 13

pussycats says...

One programme I'll not miss. Excellent. Well done Sky Sports.
One programme I'll not miss. Excellent. Well done Sky Sports. pussycats
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1:13pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Thunder64 says...

Andycal 172D wrote:
The Roslin Hotel is in Southchurch not Thorpe Bay. Stop giving it airs it doesn't have.
Really, has it moved then?
[quote][p][bold]Andycal 172D[/bold] wrote: The Roslin Hotel is in Southchurch not Thorpe Bay. Stop giving it airs it doesn't have.[/p][/quote]Really, has it moved then? Thunder64
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1:49pm Wed 13 Feb 13

jessloulau says...

Andycal 172D wrote:
The Roslin Hotel is in Southchurch not Thorpe Bay. Stop giving it airs it doesn't have.
You are wrong .Basic knowledge .If you don't know don't comment.And take the chip off your shoulder.
[quote][p][bold]Andycal 172D[/bold] wrote: The Roslin Hotel is in Southchurch not Thorpe Bay. Stop giving it airs it doesn't have.[/p][/quote]You are wrong .Basic knowledge .If you don't know don't comment.And take the chip off your shoulder. jessloulau
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2:11pm Wed 13 Feb 13

seasider1965 says...

lucy10 wrote:
brian dear what a joke
A few years ago I got a signed SUFC football for a present for the other half, money going to charity via the club. I asked if Mel Capleton could also sign it, him being one of her favourite players at the time but he was out on loan at Grays or something like that. When I went to collect it Brian came and saw me. He had knocked on Mels door, got him to sign the ball and a pennant as well. Not a bad gesture from a bloke who is a joke!!!
[quote][p][bold]lucy10[/bold] wrote: brian dear what a joke[/p][/quote]A few years ago I got a signed SUFC football for a present for the other half, money going to charity via the club. I asked if Mel Capleton could also sign it, him being one of her favourite players at the time but he was out on loan at Grays or something like that. When I went to collect it Brian came and saw me. He had knocked on Mels door, got him to sign the ball and a pennant as well. Not a bad gesture from a bloke who is a joke!!! seasider1965
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2:47pm Wed 13 Feb 13

sosad 1 says...

lucy10 wrote:
brian dear what a joke
lucy what are you saying i have known brian over 30 years brash sometimes but thats his way and a big heart of gold, a joke never
[quote][p][bold]lucy10[/bold] wrote: brian dear what a joke[/p][/quote]lucy what are you saying i have known brian over 30 years brash sometimes but thats his way and a big heart of gold, a joke never sosad 1
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11:09pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Andycal 172D says...

Thunder64 wrote:
Andycal 172D wrote:
The Roslin Hotel is in Southchurch not Thorpe Bay. Stop giving it airs it doesn't have.
Really, has it moved then?
Nope - always been in Southchurch.

Thorpe Bay is the area bounded by Maplin Way to the East and Thorpe Hall Boulevard to the West. West of there - like the Roslin - is Southchurch.

Basic knowlegde :-)
[quote][p][bold]Thunder64[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andycal 172D[/bold] wrote: The Roslin Hotel is in Southchurch not Thorpe Bay. Stop giving it airs it doesn't have.[/p][/quote]Really, has it moved then?[/p][/quote]Nope - always been in Southchurch. Thorpe Bay is the area bounded by Maplin Way to the East and Thorpe Hall Boulevard to the West. West of there - like the Roslin - is Southchurch. Basic knowlegde :-) Andycal 172D
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11:11pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Andycal 172D says...

jessloulau wrote:
Andycal 172D wrote:
The Roslin Hotel is in Southchurch not Thorpe Bay. Stop giving it airs it doesn't have.
You are wrong .Basic knowledge .If you don't know don't comment.And take the chip off your shoulder.
I refer you to my previous comment - stop trying to ramp the price of your house up!
[quote][p][bold]jessloulau[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andycal 172D[/bold] wrote: The Roslin Hotel is in Southchurch not Thorpe Bay. Stop giving it airs it doesn't have.[/p][/quote]You are wrong .Basic knowledge .If you don't know don't comment.And take the chip off your shoulder.[/p][/quote]I refer you to my previous comment - stop trying to ramp the price of your house up! Andycal 172D
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