England travelled to the 1970 World Cup in Mexico with a squad that was regarded as stronger than the one that won the tournament four years previously. But preparations took an unexpected turn when the team landed in Bogotá for a warm-up friendly.
With the addition to the 1966 World Cup-winning squad of Terry Cooper in defence and Alan Mullery and Colin Bell in midfield, hopes were high in England before the 1970 World Cup. In order to best prepare for the heat and altitude that awaited the team in Mexico, The Football Association arranged for two friendly matches before the finals – in Colombia and then Ecuador. However, the one thing coach Alf Ramsey couldn’t legislate for was team captain Bobby Moore being arrested in Bogotá after he was accused of stealing a bracelet from a shop in the opulent Hotel Tequendama where the team was staying.
In the FIFA Museum Collection, we have a telegram sent by Moore on 30 May 1970 to Morris Keston and his wife, thanking them for helping Bobby’s wife Tina through what was a stressful time. The Kestons were family friends of Bobby and Tina’s, a friendship that flourished despite them being passionate Tottenham Hotspur fans and not fans of Bobby’s West Ham United!