Former international footballer, manager, and football administrator, who now works as a pundit and director of football development in England.
Trevor Brooking attended Ripple Infants School and left Ilford County High School. When he was 9 years old, his father took him to see his first West Ham United game at Upton Park, a 1–1 draw against Liverpool on 19 April 1958.
He signed for West HaM in 1965 and made his debut in place of wide-right Brian Dear on 29 August 1967 in a 3–3 draw with Burnley at Turf Moor. His first goal came on 26 December 1967 in a 4–2 away win at Leicester City.
He won the FA Cup twice, in 1975, where he scored a vital goal in a 2–1 win in a 4th round replay away at Swindon Town, and in 1980, where he again scored another vital goal in a 2–1 win in a third round replay against West Bromwich Albion.
Brooking was a member of the West Ham team which won the Second Division in 1981. He also appeared in the 1975 FA Charity Shield, the 1976 European Cup Winners’ Cup Final, the 1980 FA Charity Shield and the 1981 Football League Cup Final.
In total Trevor Brooking made 647 appearances for West Ham, scoring 102 times; his total appearances for West Ham only beaten by Billy Bonds, Bobby Moore and Frank Lampard Sr. He was also the club’s player of the season on four occasions and caretaker manager on two occasions in 2003.
Brooking made his England debut on 3 April 1974 in a 0–0 draw against Portugal. He played 47 times for England, scoring five times. He was appointed as Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1981, elevated to Commander of same Order (CBE) in 1999, and knighted in 2004.
In 1984, Brooking joined the BBC as a pundit, and has featured on radio and television commentary since, including the BBC’s Match of the Day and coverage of World Cups and European Championships. He was also the co-commentator in the Pro Evolution Soccer video game series.
Trevor Brooking was Chair of the Eastern Region Council for Sport and Recreation from 1987 until 1997, and between 1999 and 2002 he was chairman of Sport England. In January 2004, he joined the Football Association as Director of Football Development, a role which gave him total of control of coaching and development in English football, as well as a role in appointing future England managers.