West Ham United has confirmed that full planning approval has now been received for the installation of the new statue at London Stadium honouring the club’s three most famous sons – Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters.
The statue, to be located at Champions Place and unveiled as the focal point of the club’s 125th anniversary celebrations before the end of the 2020/21 season, is part of a continued commitment to bring the rich heritage and history of the club across from Upton Park to London Stadium.
The design of the statue itself has also been finalised, with the full involvement and input of Sir Geoff Hurst, Roberta Moore – daughter of Bobby – and the family of Martin Peters. The process will now move to the next phase, to be cast in bronze at a London foundry.
The club conducted a comprehensive of consultation with supporters over the past 12 months, which provided a clear and widespread view that any design should focus on the three golden greats of the 60s – Moore, Hurst and Peters, who all came through the famous Academy of Football to reach the very pinnacle of the game in 1966, when they led England to World Cup Final glory against West Germany at Wembley.
Furthermore, to ensure West Ham United’s own greatest achievement under the Twin Towers is also recognised, the lifesize-and-a-quarter bronze statue will depict the three immortal legends lifting the European Cup Winners’ Cup trophy in 1965, commemorating a performance that catapulted the Club on to the world stage after two second-half goals from Alan Sealey, saw Ron Greenwood’s Hammers overcome German side TSV Munich 1860.