Ron Greenwood factfile

Ron Greenwood factfile

1921 - Born on 11 November, in Burnley, Lancashire.

1931 - Moved with his family to Middlesex at the age of ten, and became an apprentice signwriter with his father at Wembley Stadium upon leaving Alperton school at the age of 14.

1940 - Signed for Chelsea after impressing for a local team and made his senior debut in December, but was immediately called up to the RAF at the start of the Second World War, during which time he played as a guest for Hull City and Belfast Celtic.

1945 - Joined Bradford Park Avenue after failing to win his place back at Chelsea.

1949 - Moved to second division Brentford, and became an astute and talented centre-half, forming an impressive half-back partnership with a young Jimmy Hill. Went on to win an England 'B' cap.

1952 - Returned to Chelsea and went on to play in the first half of their Championship-winning season in 1954/55, before moving to Fulham on a free transfer.

1956 - Retired as a player and became a full-time coach, having already qualified and tutored the Oxford University side and non-league Walthamstow Avenue for three years.

1957 - Offered his first managerial post at Eastbourne FC.

1958 - Became assistant manager at Arsenal, and coach of the England youth and under-23 sides, after England manager Walter Winterbottom described him as the 'best young coach in the game'.

1961 - Was appointed as the fourth manager in West Ham United's history on 13 April and took charge of a 1-1 draw against Manchester City at Upton Park in his first game. Led the Hammers to eighth place in the old First Division in his first full season at the club.

1964 - Managed West Ham United to the first major domestic cup triumph in the club's history, as Preston North End were beaten 3-2 in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

1965 - Masterminded his dream of glory on the continent, as Hammers became only the second English club to win a European trophy, lifting the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup after a classic 2-0 victory over TSV 1860 Munich at Wembley - a match described by many as the finest display in the club's history.

1966 - Saw his captain, Bobby Moore, and young protégés Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters play a key role in English football's finest hour, as Alf Ramsey's England team won the FIFA World Cup with a 4-2 victory over West Germany. Also served as a technical adviser to FIFA during the 1966 and 1970 World Cups.

1973 - Led the Hammers to sixth place in the old First Division, our highest-ever league position up to that date.

1974 - Handed over the managerial reins at Upton Park to his assistant, John Lyall, and stepped upstairs to become general manager, working alongside his young apprentice as Hammers won the FA Cup for a second time a year later against Fulham and then reached the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final in 1976, losing 4-2 to Anderlecht.

1977 - Was appointed by the Football Association as manager of the England national team following the departure of Don Revie, taking charge for the first time in a 0-0 draw with Switzerland at Wembley in September.

1980 - Led England to the UEFA European Championship finals.

1981 - Appointed a CBE by HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace.

1982 - Took England to the World Cup finals in Spain and, despite going out in the second round group phase, became only the second England manager after Ramsey to remain unbeaten in a World Cup finals tournament. Retired from the game full time upon returning home.

1983 - Received a Football Writers' Association Tribute Award for outstanding contribution to the national game.

1985 - Received a Professional Footballers Association Merit Award.

2002 - Inducted into the Football Association Hall of Fame.

2006 - Died on 9 February, at his Suffolk home after a long illness.