Sir Trevor Brooking, After Dinner Speaker, Former Footballer, Director of the Football Association, Brooking began his football career at West Ham and finished it at Upton Park too - a phenomenon now almost unheard of, and an impressive display of allegiance to the club he loved. An inventive midfielder, Brooking, who lives in Shenfield, Essex, made his Upton Park debut as an 18-year-old and went on to make over 600 appearances, scoring more than 100 goals before retiring in 1984.

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Brooking began his football career at West Ham and finished it at Upton Park too - a phenomenon now almost unheard of, and an impressive display of allegiance to the club he loved.

An inventive midfielder, Brooking, who lives in Shenfield, Essex, made his Upton Park debut as an 18-year-old and went on to make over 600 appearances, scoring more than 100 goals before retiring in 1984.

He will best be remembered in a claret and blue jersey for the stooping headed winner in the 1980 FA Cup final that earned the Hammers a 1-0 victory over Arsenal.

He also picked up 47 England caps from four different managers, netting four times for his country in the process and appearing in the 1982 World Cup finals in Spain.
After hanging up his boots Brooking decided to follow two different paths, almost immediately joining the BBC as a broadcaster and being appointed to the Sports Council - now Sport England - in 1989.

Brooking was an outspoken critic of the government and its funding of sport in this country, though he himself was reprimanded by a Parliamentary inquiry into Sport England's funding of the new Wembley Stadium.

Having quit Sport England in 2002 he became more involved as a director at West Ham, and in April 2003 when manager Glenn Roeder suffered a blocked blood vessel in his brain, Brooking took over as caretaker-boss.

He won two and drew one during the Hammers' run-in, but it was not enough to avoid relegation to Division One.

When Roeder was sacked last August Brooking took over again, racking up seven wins and three draws from 11 games at the helm before making way for Alan Pardew.

Brooking finally cut his ties with West Ham, taking on the role of director of football development at the Football Association, handing him control of coaching and development at all levels.

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