Brooking honoured as stand changes name
WEST HAM S Centenary Stand will change its name to the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand in time for the new season. The club will make the official unveiling of the name change before the friendly clash with Italian giants Napoli at Upton Park on Saturday, Augus
WEST HAM'S Centenary Stand will change its name to the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand in time for the new season.
The club will make the official unveiling of the name change before the friendly clash with Italian giants Napoli at Upton Park on Saturday, August 8.
The decision follows on from last season's Bobby Moore Cup match, when West Ham decided to retire the World Cup winners number six shirt.
Barking-born midfield star Brooking, played 634 games for the Hammers, scoring 102 goals during his 19 years at the club, while also becoming an England regular in that time.
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West Ham already have a stand named after Bobby Moore, and this latest decision suggests that the Hammers are going to be at Upton Park for the foreseeable future.
Brooking himself was delighted with the news.
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"It is obviously a terrific honour which I am very grateful for, because this is my club," he said this week.
"I still try and get to most home games, while on my travels, if I am in a cab or something, then everyone talks to me about West Ham, because they know I am associated with the club."
The Centenary Stand, which replaced the old north bank, was originally named because it was finished 100 years after the formation of the club.
However, club CEO Scott Duxbury felt the time was right for a change.
"We are determined to pay tribute to those that have helped make this club what it is today," he insisted.
"I know how much Sir Trevor means to everyone connected with West Ham United and I look forward to us being able to show our appreciation when we play Napoli next month for the Bobby Moore Cup."
In the same vein, West Ham are set to name the gates outside the ground after John Lyall, while they are also looking at a suitable landmark at the ground for Billy Bonds.