Sir Trevor Brooking went back to school to honour fellow West Ham United legend Bobby Moore MBE this week.
Sir Trevor returned to Ripple Primary School in Barking - the school both he and Moore attended as young children - to unveil an plaque commemorating the life and sporting achievements of the late Hammers and England captain.
Moore attended the school, in Suffolk Road, between 1946 and 1952, while Sir Trevor was a pupil there during the 1950s. Both learned the skills that turned them into Boleyn Ground favourites in the playground.
Sir Trevor who made 647 appearances in claret and blue and is now the Football Association's Director of Football Development, said: "It was at Ripple School that I was first played competitive football. I am very pleased to hear that my old school team are successfully carrying on the tradition. I am honoured to have been part of the ceremony to celebrate Bobby, a true sporting hero."
During his visit, Sir Trevor also met pupils from the school that recently took part in a Premier League Schools tournament at Anfield.
Barking and Dagenham Council leader Cllr Liam Smith said Moore remained a true hero to local people of all ages. Last year, Cllr Smith launched a campaign to confer a posthumous knighthood for Moore.
"The year 2013 marks two decades since the death of Bobby Moore - still England's greatest and most iconic football captain," said Cllr Smith. "Born in Barking in 1941, he remains one of the game's true giants, regarded by people far and wide as one of the greatest footballers of all-time.
" I am delighted that Sir Trevor Brooking, also a former pupil of the school as well as a distinguished Freeman of the Borough, has found time to take part in this tribute to Bobby Moore.
"While Bobby was awarded an OBE, he was never awarded a Knighthood. This is something that many people nationwide - and indeed across the world - do not often know. Indeed, it is perplexing that such an award was not conferred during a lifetime of such success and achievement."