Sir Trevor honoured

West Ham United legend Sir Trevor Brooking is to be inducted into the National Football Museum Hall of Fame.

Brooking famously scored the Hammers' winning goal in the 1980 FA Cup final, making a total of 635 first-team appearances for the only professional club he represented during a glittering 19-year career.

The former England midfielder, now 60, was delighted to be honoured alongside 1966 FIFA World Cup winner George Cohen, former Hammers and England forward Teddy Sheringham, Arsenal legends Cliff Bastin and Frank McLintock, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ossie Ardiles, Sunderland great Len Shackleton and Arsenal and England Ladies star Marianne Spacey.

The eight inductees join such luminaries of the game as World Cup heroes Sir Geoff Hurst, Bobby Moore OBE and Martin Peters, as well as former Hammer Jimmy Greaves, Manchester United greats George Best and Sir Bobby Charlton and West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola.

"It was a wonderful surprise and great honour to hear I have been voted into the National Football Museum Hall of Fame," said Sir Trevor.

"To be selected by a panel led by my heroes Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Tom Finney is very special. I am particularly delighted to be joining my West Ham team-mates Bobby Moore, Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters along with England team-mate Kevin Keegan in the Hall of Fame."

Brooking was chosen to be inducted by a special panel including Sir Alex Ferguson, Gary Lineker and Professional Footballers Association Chief Executive Gordon Taylor. He will be honoured at a special ceremony in central London in September.

A true 'one-club man', Brooking signed for West Ham United as an apprentice in July 1965, playing his final first-team game in May 1984.

A modern midfield player, Brooking was born in Barking on 2 October 1948, growing up as a West Ham supporter and joining the club straight from Ilford County High School. An England Youth international, he made his senior debut for the Hammers in a 3-3 Division One draw at Burnley on 29 August 1967.

Brooking's most famous moment in a West Ham shirt came on 10 May 1980, when he stooped to head the only goal of the game as Arsenal were beaten 1-0 in the FA Cup final at Wembley. The winner would earn Brooking a second winner's medal following the Hammers' victory over Fulham in 1975.

At international level, Brooking won 47 caps for England, scoring five goals and appearing at the 1982 World Cup in Spain. Following his retirement, Brooking joined the BBC as a pundit before returning to the Boleyn Ground in 2003 as caretaker manager, losing just one of his 14 matches in charge.

Away from West Ham, Brooking has become an important figure in sports administration, chairing the Eastern Region Council for Sport and Recreation and later Sport England. In December 2003, he was appointed as the Football Association's Director of Football Development. The following year, 2004, he was knighted for his services to sport.

Sponsored by the PFA, North West Regional Development Agency and New Football Pools, the National Football Hall of Fame is situated at Deepdale, the home of Preston North End.