Trevor Brooking, is The Football Association’s Director of Football Development. He was recently knighted for his services to football after an outstanding career.
Trevor, joined The FA in January 2004, became one of a small band of footballers knighted for their service to the sport. Trevor said “It’s a special moment and a great honour,” He continues to do after dinner speaking at sports functions and is considered one of the few genuine gentlemen of football.
Born in 1949 Trevor, was a one-club player with West Ham United. In 19 years as an elegant midfielder with the Hammers he featured in more than 500 League matches and won The FA Cup twice – in 1975 and 1980. He scored the only goal in the 1980 final. As a young footballer he played in the side that contained the three World Cup winners Martin Peters, Geoff Hurst and Bobby Moore and went on to make his own impact.
He was capped 47 times for England from 1974 to 1982, scoring five times. With Ron Greenwood, his former club manager in charge, Trevor influenced a number of crucial matches – above all the World Cup qualifier in Hungary when his shot for the second goal was so firmly struck that it lodged against the stanchion.
His partnership with Kevin Keegan was considered essential to England’s chances of winning the 1982 World Cup. Unfortunately, Trevor and Keegan were injured for most of the tournament. Only playing the last 20 minutes of a must win game against Spain which England drew and subsequently went out of the competition despite not losing a game.
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