Arise, Sir Trevor

Chairman Terence Brown is delighted that Trevor Brooking has been awarded a knighthood for his services to sport.

"It is a great pleasure for me to congratulate Sir Trevor and Lady Brooking on behalf of the directors, staff, players, and supporters of West Ham United following today's announcement of the knighthood awarded in the Queen's Birthday Honours List," he says.

"Sir Trevor's contribution to West Ham United and England is unique, and we are enormously proud of his achievements - and the recognition he has now received.

"As well as his professionalism on the field, where he was intensely competitive while also being scrupulously honest, he has always displayed great courtesy off it - and been a great ambassador for our club.

"He is quite rightly respected and adored by our supporters, who I am sure will be proud about the honour bestowed upon him."

Alan Pardew shares the chairman's admiration for Trevor and adds:

"He has been a fantastic professional in everything he has done, but the biggest compliment I can pay him is that I admire him as much as a person as I do a professional.

"He has certainly earned the right to be called a knight."

Born in Barking, Essex, on 2nd October 1948, Trevor Brooking signed as an apprentice for West Ham United after leaving Ilford County High School in July 1965.

He signed professional terms in May 1966 and made his League debut against Burnley on 29th August 1967.

He then went on to make 528 League appearances [88 goals] and 108 Cup appearances [14 goals] until he announced his retirement after playing against Everton at Upton Park on 14th May 1984.

First voted Hammer of the Year in 1971-72, he then won the award three seasons in succession in 1975-76, 1976-77 and 1977-78.

He helped the Hammers win the FA Cup against Fulham in 1975 and then scored the winner with a rare header against Arsenal in 1980.

He was awarded the MBE for his services to football in 1981 and followed that with the OBE some years later.

Trevor was capped once at Under-23 level for England before going on to win 47 full caps.

Before he retired from the game, Trevor had built up a successful plastics business.

He also maintained a strong link with football as a pundit with BBC Radio and TV.

Always retaining his love of West Ham United as a supporter, Trevor was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2002; he stepped in as caretaker-manager following Glenn Roeder's serious illness after the Hammers' 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough at Upton Park in April 2003 until Glenn's return for the start of the 2003-04 season.

He also took over the hot-seat again when Glenn Roeder left following the 1-0 defeat at Rotherham on 24th August, 2003, until Alan Pardew's appointment in October 2003.

Trevor resigned from the Board of Directors following his appointment as the Director of Football at the Football Association at the beginning of 2004.

Trevor's knighthood for services to sport, however, comes tinged with a touch of sadness that his parents are no longer alive to see him receive the honour.

Now the FA's director of football development, he joins an elite group of footballing knights [see below].

Trevor told the Press Association:

"This is a wonderful honour and a huge privilege; my family and I are very excited by the news.

"My whole life has been about sport - as a footballer, as a broadcaster and as an administrator.

"The only sad thing is that my mum and dad passed away in 1997 and 1998.

"I am from an old East End family and they would have been chuffed to bits by this - it was not something we could ever have envisaged when I was growing up.

"They had a big influence on my life, gave me a lot of encouragement and taught me right from wrong.

"This would have meant so much to them.

"When you look at some of the other people from football who have been knighted, I feel privileged to be in the same company; there are some great names there, but I am also conscious that the honour is really for my Sport England work."

FA chief executive Mark Palios and England head coach Sven-Goran Eriksson both paid tribute to Trevor and Palios says:

"On behalf of the FA I am delighted for Trevor; this honour is just reward for a lifetime of working for the good of football and sport.

"His skills have already added to the leadership of the FA and we all share is pride.

"On the eve of Euro 2004, this is a massive boost for the England camp and for all of English football."

Eriksson adds:

"This is wonderful news for Trevor and everyone involved in English football, and this honour is thoroughly deserved."

Trevor's four years in charge of Sport England were dominated by controversy but problems over the Commonwealth Games in Manchester and the Wembley stadium were finally overcome.

He continued, however, to voice his criticism about the lack of Government investment in sport and facilities until his very last day in office - the reason some believe that he has had to wait more than 18 months since stepping down before being honoured.

Trevor adds:

"Staging the Commonwealth Games successfully was a massive plus, it was a major breakthrough to show that the country could stage a major event.

"With Wembley, the frustration remains that it should have happened a long time ago but it got delayed and delayed and the costs increased.

"I think in the end it will be a wonderful stadium and hopefully a place everyone will want to play in just as much as the Twin Towers was in my generation."

He has no regrets about his critical remarks about the funding of sport and insists:

"I never had any vested interests so I felt I could say what I thought, and to a certain extent I am still doing that in my role at the FA, talking to Government and trying to get them to invest more money in grass-roots sport."


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