From the Terraces

England winger Peter Brabrook won trophies with both Chelsea and West Ham United…
West Ham United versus Chelsea come around again, as it does every year we are in the Premier League!

I was lucky enough to play for two really good clubs and in some really good teams, winning the league with Chelsea in 1955 and the FA Cup in 1964, so I have great memories of both.

Most people won’t remember, but we had a very good side back then at Chelsea, just as they have now. We used to get 70,000 in standing up on the terracing, which was a massive crowd and they enjoyed watching us win the league.

I’ve always cherished those memories, as I have those of winning the FA Cup and playing in the Cup Winners’ Cup for West Ham.

If I had to pick one moment at the Boleyn Ground as my favourite, it was beating the great Leeds United 7-0 on a Monday night in November 1966. They were top and winning everything and we were unbelievably good and they couldn’t get the ball off us.

Overall, I was a winger and I played in front of the Chicken Run and they were unbelievably funny, and I loved a laugh and a joke with them!

I had been at Chelsea with Ron Greenwood, who managed us throughout the 1960s, and I played with him there before playing under him here. He was a good coach and had a wonderful football philosophy. He believed in passing the ball, trying tricks and making the crowd happy, as well.

I also know our current manager Slaven Bilic very well, having collected him and his wife from Heathrow Airport when Harry Redknapp signed him in 1996!

When I collected him, he knew who I was and what I had done. He’s not only a good manager, but he is bright as a button.

I watch the training under Slaven and it’s similar to under Ron, based on passing and moving, and his belief in how we should play. It’s a great show and I hope it goes really well for him.