A pair of vintage football boots, complete with shin pads owned by Bobby Moore circa 1952 and also hand signed by Stanley Matthews.
The boots would have been owned by a young Bobby during an era where he played for Leyton District U13’s and his school team Tom Hood Technical High School for whom in 1952 he helped them win the Crisp Shield. We believe that Bobby would of worn these boots during this period of games.
As a school boy Bobby Moore’s childhood hero was the late Stanley Matthews. In 1952 Matthews was the star player for Blackpool and was an integral part of the England National Team, a level and standard that a young Bobby would have seen as the promise land for his ambitions. Stanley Matthews helped Blackpool win the FA Cup in 1953. A final that later became known as the ‘Matthews Final’.
At some point of Bobby’s budding and developing career Moore met his hero Matthews as one of the shin pads has a faint Stanley Matthews autograph that Bobby Moore would have obtained himself.
The size of the boots appear to be a size 7. Later in Bobby Moore’s adult career he grew into a size 9 which he wore for the remainder of his glorious career. Moore made his professional debut for West Ham Utd in 1958, 6 years after he helped his school team win the Crisp Shield.
For nearly 7 decades the boots and pads have been kept in an old fashioned style boot box that resembles a form of lock case. The front of the case has Bobby Moore’s initials “BM” in a cut square. The boots are obviously in extremely vintage condition. Lots of signs of usage, mud and wear adding to the nostalgic feel of authenticity. The screw-in studs have some exposed nails and on the left boot a stud is missing. The shin pads are very fragile and have been re-taped several times. One of the pads as stated before has been autographed by Stanley Matthews in a dark ink.
A wonderful piece of footballing memorabilia – classified extremely rare.
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