New wax figure of footballing great Bobby Moore unveiled!
With only weeks to go before the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, we've unveiled a new wax figure of the hero of the 1966 competition, England Captain, Bobby Moore. The figure was revealed for the first time on the pitch where Moore played for most of his career - West Ham United's Boleyn Ground, standing in front of the Bobby Moore Stand.
The staggeringly lifelike figure shows Moore in jubilant celebration after leading England to a 4-2 victory over West Germany. Smiling triumphantly, the figure is dressed in vintage England kit and holds aloft a replica of the Jules Rimet Cup, which has been faithfully replicated by the attraction’s talented studio artists.
One of the first fans to meet the Bobby Moore wax figure this morning was well-known, 12-year-old West Ham supporter, Jonjo Heuerman, from London. He said: “The figure looked so real! I've watched a lot of videos of him so I loved seeing him here on the pitch today. It's quite emotional - Bobby's come home." Another fan to meet the figure, Kelly Ward, 41, from Reading, added: "It's amazing, seeing the figure gave me goosebumps it's so lifelike, everything is just spot on." He continued: "Having the Jules Rimet Cup in his hands is the cherry on the top."
The figure's creation was the result of a hotly contested public vote last year, with Bobby Moore taking more than 90% of our online poll to determine which footballing great should be honoured at the world famous attraction in time for this year’s FIFA World Cup™.
“We wanted to create a figure of a footballing legend for this year's competition, but who that should be opened up huge debate," commented Nicole Fenner, our PR Manager. She continued: "We decided to let football fans decide, and there was overwhelming consensus with Bobby Moore beating other legends like Ronaldo, Maradona and Pelé with the lion share of votes. It was a total landslide victory, and we’re delighted to be able to introduce him to football fans this morning on a pitch he knew and loved. Moore undoubtedly holds a special place in the nation’s heart and we can’t wait for fans to meet his figure in the attraction from tomorrow.”
West Ham United Joint-Chairman, David Sullivan, said: “It’s fantastic to see Bobby’s wax figure beginning its journey at the Boleyn Ground, where he spent so many wonderful years with us.” He added: “I’m sure West Ham United fans are going to love it and that their support made this happen in the first place, makes it all the more special. As a Club we will forever honour Bobby’s memory and I look forward to seeing his latest wax figure in person.”
Roberta Moore, Bobby Moore’s daughter, who is already planning a trip to Madame Tussauds London to see the figure first hand, commented: "I remember going to Madame Tussauds with my dad when I was a little girl for the unveiling of the original wax figure so this has brought back very fond memories. Madame Tussauds have really done an amazing job, the new figure really captures his smile which made me cry! I feel very proud."
Our sculptors worked on the figure for four months. The Moore figure will join a host of other sporting personalities including Olympians, Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill, and fellow footballing legend, Pelé.