Harry Redknapp and Frank Lampard call for Bobby Moore statue on World Cup 50th
As part of their 50th anniversary celebrations of England winning football's biggest tournament, Barking and Dagenham council have launched an appeal to raise more than £160,000 to commission, cast and erect a new monument of Moore in Barking, which would sit close to the current £725,000 statue of the ex-defender in nearby Upton Park.
English Heritage held a Blue Plaque ceremony at Moore's childhood home in the area this week, and Redknapp and Lampard Snr were present to echo the sentiments of current West Ham captain Mark Noble and former England manager Terry Venables in backing the building of the new statue.
"Being a local lad from Barking - I come from Canning Town which is just down the road - this is history," Lampard Snr said.
"He [Moore] is a massive man in terms of what he did. For our area, Bobby is a massive, massive person."
Redknapp added: "He came from Barking and was very proud to represent the borough so I think it's a great idea. It would be fantastic for Barking and a great honour for Bobby's family."
Barking and Dagenham council have so far raised £1,532, and Councillor Darren Rodwell emphasised that a new monument of Moore in Barking would help younger generations remember the achievements of the England legend, who died of bowel cancer aged 51 in 1993.
"We are extremely proud, as a borough that Bobby Moore was born and grew up in Barking and it is important that we honour this great man," he said.
"We need to remember all of the iconic people that come from the borough including our footballing heroes. Let’s remember what success looks like and help to fund a statue of a real great - Bobby Moore, in his home town, Barking."