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Former football player for West Ham and the English national side, Sir Trevor was one of the gentlemen of the game. He’s also known for his various roles in the sport as a player and manager of West Ham, player for England as well as a television and radio pundit and now as an administrator for the Football Association.
Sir Trevor Brooking was born in Barking, the son of a police officer and has lived for almost all his life in Essex. He passed his 11-plus exam and entered Ilford County High School. Unlike many professional soccer players, Trevor placed great emphasis on his education taking 11 O-levels and Economics and Accounts at A-level. Even after signing as an apprentice with West Ham United Football Club in 1965, Trevor continued day classes in Business Studies.
Sir Trevor made his West Ham debut in a 3-3 draw at Burnley at the start of the 1967/68 season retiring 17 years later having played 635 times for West Ham, his only club & scoring 102 goals.
He was twice an FA Cup winner with West Ham, in 1975 and again in 1980 when the second division club famously beat the mighty Arsenal 1-0 at Wembley. Trevor scored the only goal with the third header of his career. Trevor’s links with West Ham continue to this day and recently it was announced that he’d joined the club’s Board of Directors.
His International career is no less impressive. Trevor made his International debut against Portugal in 1974 and went on to play 47 times for England, scoring five goals. One of the great disappointments of his career was not to play a major role in a World Cup. In the 1982 tournament in Spain, the only World Cup finals for which England qualified during his International career, Trevor was injured and didn’t play until England’s final second round group match against the hosts. Manager Ron Greenwood chose Trevor as a substitute and brought him on after 60 minutes. Unfortunately Trevor failed to break the deadlock and England went out of the World Cup, unbeaten and having conceded only one goal in the tournament. Sir Trevor then retired from International football.
Unlike many others in his profession, since the end of his playing days in 1984, Trevor Brooking has pursued not one but two successful careers, one in BBC television and radio and the other in sports administration. He was Chair of the Eastern Region Council for Sport and Recreation from 1987 to 1997.
He became a member and Vice-Chair of the then Great Britain Sports Council. Subsequently, in 1999 he was appointed Chair of Sport England which is responsible for developing and maintaining the infrastructure of sport in England and has responsibility for distributing National Lottery funds.
Trevor had the unenviable task of negotiating Sport England’s way through the trials and tribulations of establishing a new national stadium at Wembley but less well known is Trevor’s extensive commitment to charity work. He contributes to several charitable and voluntary organisations particularly related to disabled people and youngsters.
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