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The day Bobby Moore took the ball off George Best

By Catherine Wylie

A striking image of Bobby Moore winning the ball from George Best while playing against Northern Ireland half a century ago features in a new exhibition.

Family photographs of Bobby, the former England captain, have gone on display to mark the 2018 World Cup.

The National Portrait Gallery in London has acquired a selection of photographs of the legendary West Ham defender on and off the pitch from his daughter, Roberta Moore. These will form an exhibition called Bobby Moore: First Gentleman Of English Football.

Bobby was captain of the England team which won the World Cup in 1966.

The portraits date from 1962 and among them is a striking image of him winning the ball from George Best while playing against Northern Ireland in 1964.

Best, who was later his team-mate at Fulham, remembered that in 20 years of playing against each other, he only got past Moore once.

A portrait of Moore with footballer Johnny Byrne jumping in the rain by Daily Mirror sports photographer Monte Fresco captures the two friends after training, suggesting the increasing public interest in footballers' lives.

Another portrait shows Moore engaged in a game of chess with West German defender Franz Beckenbauer, the player's rival in the 1966 World Cup final.

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