Trevor Brooking

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Trevor Brooking
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Brooking in 2005
Personal information
Full name Trevor David Brooking
Date of birth (1948-10-02) 2 October 1948 (age 65)
Place of birth Barking, Essex, England
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
West Ham United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1984 West Ham United 528 (88)
1985 Blue Star 1 (0)
1985 Cork City 2 (0)
Total 531 (88)
National team
1974–1982 England 47 (5)
Teams managed
2003 West Ham United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Sir Trevor David Brooking CBE (born 2 October 1948) in Barking, Essex is a former footballer, manager, pundit and current director of football development in England. Brooking played most of his career for West Ham United making 647 appearances for the club. He won the 1975 FA Cup and the 1980 FA Cup in which he scored the only goal. He was also the club's player of the season on four occasions and caretaker manager on two occasions in 2003. Brooking played 47 times for England scoring five times. He was appointed as Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1981, elevated to Commander of same Order (CBE) in 1999, and knighted in 2004. In 2009 a stand at Upton Park was named after Brooking. Since retiring from playing, he has taken up a number of positions in broadcasting as an on-air analyst and in football and sports administration.

Early life[edit]

Brooking was born in Barking maternity hospital to mother Margaret and father, Henry Charles (known as Harry), who was a police officer in the Metropolitan Police.[2] Brooking attended Ripple Infants School and left Ilford County High School with 11 O-levels and 2 A-levels.[2] His father took him to see his first West Ham United game at Upton Park, a 1–1 draw against Liverpool on 19 April 1958, when he was nine years old.[2][3] Aged fifteen he was scouted by Tottenham, Chelsea and West Ham. Their manager, Ron Greenwood watched him with scout Wally St Pier. He was offered apprenticeships by all three clubs with only West Ham allowing him to stay on at school to finish his studies. Despite his parents being offered £500 and a car by manager Tommy Docherty to gain his signature for Chelsea he remained at school signing an apprenticeship deal with West Ham on 24 July 1965, his parents receiving no fee.[2]

West Ham United[edit]

The Sir Trevor Brooking Stand at West Ham's Upton Park ground

Brooking made his debut on 29 August 1967 in a 3–3 away draw at Burnley. His first goal came on 26 December 1967 in a 4–2 away win at Leicester City.[4] His first season saw him play 28 games, scoring nine goals. His second season saw 37 appearances and eight goals. His only hat-trick came on 6 April 1968 in a 5–0 home defeat of Newcastle.[4] During his third season, in 1969 Brooking chipped a bone in his ankle in a game against Nottingham Forest. His recovery took longer than expected and, by his own admission he considered giving up the game. However he returned to playing and with the departure of Martin Peters to Tottenham in March 1970, Brooking became a regular in midfield. His place in the side came under threat in the 1971–72 season with the purchase of midfielder Tommy Taylor. However the failure of the defensive partnership between Bobby Moore and Alan Stephenson saw Stephenson dropped and Taylor being moved into defence. His midfield place was never seriously questioned again. During the 1972–73 season he came to the attention of Derby County manager Brian Clough. Clough offered West Ham £400,000 for Brooking and Moore with Moore being the player Clough most wanted. Although Moore met Clough and terms were discussed, West Ham manager Greenwood refused to let the pair leave.[2] Again, in 1974 Tottenham manager Bill Nicholson offered £425,000 for the signature of Brooking. According to Brooking in his autobiography, this move was not pursued as he felt Nicholson, a manager he admired, was coming to the end of his Tottenham career and he was unsure of which manager would follow him.[2]

He won the FA Cup twice, in 1975[5] with Brooking scoring a vital goal in a 2–1 win in a 4th round replay away at Swindon Town[6] and 1980; in the latter, he scored another vital goal in a 2–1 win in a third round replay against West Bromwich Albion[7] and the only goal in a 1–0 win over Arsenal in the final with a header.[8] Brooking was a member of the West Ham team which won the Second Division in 1981. He also appeared in the 1975 FA Charity Shield, the 1976 European Cup Winners' Cup Final, the 1980 FA Charity Shield and the 1981 Football League Cup Final. His last game for West Ham came on 18 May 1984 in 1–0 home defeat by Everton.[4] He was rarely booked or sent off during his West Ham career and due to his gentlemanly approach to the game where he rarely contested a referee's decision he was nicknamed "Hadleigh" after a television upper class and urbane detective played by Gerald Harper.[4][9] Brooking played as an attacking midfield player, known for his controlled passing and midfield authority,[10] and centre forward between 1967 and 1984, making 647 appearances and scoring 102 times, wearing the number 10 jersey, his total appearances for West Ham only beaten by Billy Bonds, Bobby Moore and Frank Lampard Sr.

Cork City[edit]

In 1985 Brooking played briefly for Cork City making two appearances.[11][12]

Blue Star[edit]

Brooking accepted an invitation to play for Blue Star in a Wearside League game against Coundon on 28 April 1985. Blue Star had paid for him to fly to Newcastle as their guest and reportedly paid him an appearance fee of £500.[13]

International career[edit]

Brooking made his England debut on 3 April 1974 in a 0–0 draw against Portugal.[14] He played 47 times, scoring 5 goals but only appeared twice in major tournaments. At Euro 1980 in Italy he played in England's opening game against Belgium which was a 1–1 draw, but was dropped for the second game against Italy which England lost 1–0. Re-instated to the starting eleven against Spain he scored England's first goal in a 2–1 win.[15] Due to injury World Cup 1982 was to see him limited to playing as a substitute against Spain on 5 July 1982. Playing for only the last half-hour of the game, Brooking forced one excellent save from the Spanish goalkeeper, Luis Arconada but with England needing to win to qualify for the semi-final a 0-0 draw saw them eliminated. This was to be his final international appearance.[16]

Managerial periods[edit]

In April 2003, after West Ham manager Glenn Roeder collapsed due to a brain tumour, Brooking, having long been on the board at West Ham, briefly took over as caretaker manager. The club were fighting relegation from the Premiership. Brooking took charge of three games. His first game resulted in a 1–0 away win at Manchester City with a goal from Frédéric Kanouté.[17] His second saw West Ham beat Chelsea 1–0, thanks to a goal from Paolo Di Canio.[18] The final game of the season saw West Ham draw 2–2 away at Birmingham City resulting in relegation,[19] albeit with 42 points, a record number for a relegated team.[20] After the first three games of the 2003/2004 season with West Ham now in the First Division, Roeder was sacked after West Ham suffered an away defeat to Rotherham United[21] and Brooking was again installed as caretaker manager. He managed for eleven games, losing only once, to Gillingham, a 2–0 away defeat in which Jermain Defoe was sent-off.[22] In October 2003 he was replaced by Alan Pardew. Brooking was a popular choice as manager at Upton Park by the fans but he had earlier decided management was too much pressure. He is referred to as the "best manager West Ham never had".[2]

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
West Ham United England 24 April 2003 12 May 2003 3 2 1 0 66.67
West Ham United England 24 August 2003 20 October 2003 11 7 3 1 63.64
Total 14 9 4 1 64.29

[23]

Football Association[edit]

In December 2003, Brooking joined the Football Association as Director of Football Development, and was a key part of the selection process for the successor of the Sven-Göran Eriksson, revealed in May 2006 to be Steve McClaren. In 2004 he was knighted for his services to sport.[24]

Other endeavours[edit]

In 1970, along with schoolfriend Colin McGowan, Brooking started a binding Company "Colbrook Plastics Limited". [25] It supplies book-binding, print finishing and point of sale products and is situated in Stratford, East London. Brooking still runs Colbrook today.

In 1984, Brooking joined the BBC as a pundit, and has featured on radio and television commentary since, including the BBC's Match of the Day and coverage of World Cups and European Championships, in which he became famed for regular references to his old club West Ham United. Brooking was also the co-commentator of Pro Evolution Soccer, his unique commentary style along with Peter Brackley became a signature of the game. However, both Brooking and Brackley have been subsequently replaced by Jon Champion and Jim Beglin.

Brooking was Chair of the Eastern Region Council for Sport and Recreation from 1987 until 1997, and between 1999 and 2002 he was chairman of Sport England. Brooking was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Essex in 2001.[26]

Sir Trevor Brooking Stand[edit]

Millwall fans segregated in the upper tier of The Sir Trevor Brooking Stand

In 2009 West Ham United announced that from 8 August, the start of the 2009/10 Premier League Season, 'The Centenary Stand' at Upton Park would be named 'The Sir Trevor Brooking Stand' in his honour.[27]

It is obviously a terrific honour (to have the stand named after me), which I am very grateful for because this is my club. It will be my club forever. The great thing was being able to spend my whole career with West Ham, having a stint as caretaker manager and as a director. I still try and get to most of the home games. On my travels, if I am in a cab or something then everyone talks to me about West Ham because they know I am associated with the club. It is something I am only too pleased about whenever it happens. We have a very passionate and loyal support

–Sir Trevor Brooking speaking to whufc.com

The stand is used by away supporters and has been the scene for crowd disturbances. In 2009 in a match between West Ham and Millwall seats were torn out by Millwall fans and hurled towards West Ham fans.[28] In subsequent seasons, Millwall fans were segregated to the upper tier of the stand and kept at least 30 yards from West Ham fans to prevent crowd disturbances.[29]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
West Ham United 1967-68 25 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 28 9
1968-69 32 7 2 0 3 1 0 0 37 8
1969-70 21 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 23 4
1970-71 19 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 20 2
1971-72 40 6 4 0 10 1 0 0 54 7
1972-73 40 11 2 0 2 0 0 0 44 11
1973-74 38 6 0 0 2 0 1 0 41 6
1974-75 36 3 8 1 3 1 3 0 50 5
1975-76 34 5 1 0 4 1 10 3 49 9
1976-77 42 4 2 0 3 0 0 0 47 4
1977-78 37 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 39 4
1978-79 21 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 22 2
1979-80 37 3 7 2 8 1 2 0 54 6
1980-81 36 10 3 0 7 0 6 0 52 10
1981-82 34 8 2 0 5 1 2 0 43 9
1982-83 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1983-84 35 4 3 0 5 2 0 0 43 6
West Ham United F.C. total 528 88 40 3 55 8 24 3 647 102
Cork City
1984-85 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1984-85 total 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Career total 530 88 40 3 55 8 24 3 649 102

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list England's goal tally first.[30]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 16 November 1977 Wembley, London, England  Italy 2–0 2–0 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 24 May 1980 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland  Scotland 2–0 2–0 1980 British Home Championship
3. 18 June 1980 Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy  Spain 1–0 2–1 UEFA Euro 1980
4. 6 June 1981 Nepstadion, Budapest, Hungary  Hungary 1–0 3–1 1982 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 6 June 1981 Nepstadion, Budapest, Hungary  Hungary 2–1 3–1 1982 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

He was appointed as Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1981, elevated to Commander of same Order (CBE) in 1999, and knighted in 2004.[4]

Footballing Honours[edit]

References[edit]

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  23. ^ http://www.soccerbase.com/managers/manager.sd?search=Trevor+Brooking&manager_id=1857&type=manager
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  28. ^ "West Ham and Millwall charged over crowd trouble". www.wharf.co.uk. 28 September 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
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