Happy 75th birthday Sir Trevor
A huge happy birthday to the magnificent Hammers servant Trevor Brooking today who celebrates his 75th as a life time Hammer.
Sir Trev is right up their with the club’s greatest heroes Mooro and his great friend Billy Bonds who celebrated his 77th last month.
Huge friends of course but they could hardly have been more different as players with Sir Trev all elegance and Bonzo a battling bruising scrapper of the highest order.
Trevor was with the club for an astonishing 22 years between 1966 and 1984, making 528 appearances, scoring 88 goals and serving a caretaker manager on 2003.
His father took him to see his first West Ham game in April 1958, when he was nine years old.
Sir Trevor – one of greatest players
West Ham manager Ron Greenwood watched him with scout Wally St Pier and Brooking was offered apprenticeships by ourselves, Spurs and Chelsea but we allowed him to stay on at school to finish his studies.
Despite his parents reportedly being offered £500 and a car by manager Chelsea 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.
Those of us privileged to see him in his prime remember one of the most fabulous players ever, all elegance, charm, and forever unrushed on the pitch.
The man was a joy to watch and all at Claret and Hugh wish him a fabulous birthday!