Welcome back to the Creative Awards blog where we bring you the very best in bespoke awards and bespoke design. In this week's entry we head across town to the London Stadium to honour one of the greats of not only English football but world football too.
Creative Awards are proud to have worked with Premier League football club West Ham United for a number of years. We have worked together to produce their player of the year awards, lifetime achievement awards and the Mark Noble 400 appearances award for the current club captain. As avid football fans, not all of us Hammers unfortunately, we are delighted to share a passion for the biggest sport in the world with a local club that is beloved across a certain part of London.
February the 10th saw West Ham United host Watford F.C in the Premier League. Not only was the match known for the spectacular goals of Mexican starlet Chicharito and Austrian play-maker Marko Arnautovic but also the very special ceremony that took place before the Hammers' much needed win.
February 24th marks the 25th passing of the greatest hammer and only Englishman to lift the World Cup, Sir Bobby Moore. A tough, tenacious player, More was beloved by those across the game not only for his exceptional talent but his gentlemanly conduct and leadership. Indeed, so revered is Moore within world football that these few quotes from football's greats barely do the man justice:
- "He was my friend as well as the greatest defender I ever played against. The world has lost one of its greatest football players and an honourable gentleman." Pelé
- "Bobby Moore was a real gentleman and a true friend." Franz Beckenbauer
- "Moore was the best defender I have ever seen." Sir Alex Ferguson
- "Bobby Moore was the best defender in the history of the game" Franz Beckenbauer
Moore made over 600 appearances for the East London club between 1958 and 1974 lifting the FA Cup, the UEFA cup with the club and, of course, the World Cup in 1966 with the national team. During this period Moore received countless personal honours including finishing 2nd in the Ballon D'Or in 1970, featuring in FIFA's team of the tournament in 1966 and winning the Hammer of the year award 4 times. Moore captained the Hammers for over 10 years and is quite rightly remembered fondly as both a player and person both inside and outside the club.
The ceremony marked a series of tributes that the club are holding in memory of Moore. Murals, special dinners and tributes we all take place in the lead up to the anniversary of his unfortunate passing in 1993.
Once again, Creative Awards would like to thank all at West Ham United for entrusting our teams with such a special award for a truly iconic individual who transcended the sport he conquered.