Sir Trevor goes back to his roots

WHEN he was an eager young lad, Trevor Brooking used to watch his idols from the North Bank at Upton Park - now the stand bears his name! The football Knight was given a rapturous reception by the West Ham fans before Saturday s Bobby Moore Cup clash with

WHEN he was an eager young lad, Trevor Brooking used to watch his idols from the North Bank at Upton Park - now the stand bears his name!

The football Knight was given a rapturous reception by the West Ham fans before Saturday's Bobby Moore Cup clash with Napoli, as both Sir Trevor and Moore's widow Stephanie were introduced to the teams.

"I used to watch from there when it was all standing and we little juniors could take a stool," said the 60-year-old legend of West Ham United.

"We all went down the front so we could stand on our stool to see, while our parents stood further back.

"We would meet up at the final whistle to go home together, which you couldn't even imagine being able to happen now. That was how you went to football."

Brooking played 636 games in claret and blue, scoring 103 goals between 1967 and 1984.

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He helped the Hammers to two FA Cup wins in 1975 and 1980, scoring the winner against Arsenal in the latter final.

He has also spent time as caretaker manager and club director, making him a magnificent servant to the club and a worthy name to sit opposite that of Bobby Moore.