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Trevor Brooking Testimonial ...

by Roger Hillier

The goals flowed as follows:

 

13 mins: Man of the moment, Trevor Brooking goes it alone to blast a 20 yard right foot shot past Keelan.

 

15 mins: John McDowell crosses to the near post for Pop Robson to score a close range header.

 

Two goals in the space of 2 minutes by John Hollins (36 mins) and a penalty from Stan Bowles (37 mins), after he had been bought down by Billy Bonds, bought England level.

 

42 mins: Alan Devonshire crosses for Geoff Pike to blast a goal.

 

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Then in the 2nd half Derek Hales grabs the rest of the goals with his 11 minute hat-trick.

 

51 mins: Alan Taylor centres from the right wing for Hales to score.

 

53 mins: Goalkeeper Keelan saves well but Hales is on hand to net the rebound.  

     

61 mins: Brooking crosses for Hales to nod the ball home.

 

Geoff Hurst’s return

In the 46th minute former Hammer made his return as he replaced John Radford. Unfortunately, Geoff was unable to add another net to his West Ham tally.  

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A new and refreshing read for any football fan is Trevor Brooking’s recently published autobiography “My Life in Football”. It captures his career in the game starting with his schoolboy days, to joining the Hammers, playing for England and more latterly his senior administrative roles with the Football Association.

 

On and off the field he was a shining example of loyalty, how to behave and conduct your life while still performing to a high standard.  So it was no surprise when West Ham granted Trevor his testimonial game in 1977.

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England XI Line-up:

Kevin Keelan (Norwich City), Frank Lampard (West Ham), Kenny Sansom (Crystal Palace), John Hollins (QPR) (Steve Perryman (Spurs) 58 mins), Micky Droy (Chelsea), Trevor Cherry (Leeds United), Jimmy Neighbour (Norwich City), Peter Ward (Brighton & Hove Albion) (Peter Taylor (Spurs) 45 mins), Kevin Flanagan (Charlton Athletic), Gerry Francis (Queens Park Rangers) (Ray Wilkins (Chelsea) 45 mins)

West Ham United 6 - 2 An England XI (HT 3-2)

Upton Park

Monday October 31, 1977

West Ham United:

Brooking (13 mins), Robson (15 mins), Pike (42 mins), Hales 3 (51, 53 & 61 mins)

 

England XI :

Hollins (36 mins), Bowles pen (37 mins)

 

Attendance: 23,220

Mervyn Day (Bobby Ferguson 60 mins)

John McDowell

Paul Brush

Billy Bonds

Tommy Taylor

Geoff Pike

Alan Devonshire

Bryan Robson (Alan Curbishley 46 mins)

John Radford (Geoff Hurst 46 mins)

Trevor Brooking (capt)

Derek Hales

The opposition for Trevor’s special game on Monday October 31, 1977 was an England XI managed by the then England manager, Ron Greenwood.  England was in the middle of World Cup qualifying games and the intention was for Greenwood to test some England hopefuls in Brooking’s testimonial. As it turned out many of the advertised star names withdrew very late in the day. Despite this disappointment Greenwood rustled up an England XI which included full back Frank Lampard borrowed from the Hammers.  

The England XI was pretty much a London line up plus Leeds United’s Trevor Cherry and Norwich City’s goalkeeper, Kevin Keelan.  

West Ham fielded a strong line up with only Frank Lampard missing from the XI played in the two league games straddling this friendly. Lampard was replaced by John McDowell.

Perhaps it wasn’t a surprise that the game was not taken too seriously and was reported as “a gentle evening’s exercise”.  Nevertheless the 23,220 fans contributed about £30,000 to Trevor’s testimonial fund and in return enjoyed a game which also included the added attraction of former West Ham legend, Geoff Hurst, making a return in claret and blue.

The final score of 6-2 to West Ham gave the home fans some cheer in a season the Hammers languished in the bottom half of Division One. One of the stars of the evening was recent signing Derek Hales.  Hales will remember the evening as he blitzed an 11 minute second half hat-trick.  

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Trevor Brooking

A Star in the Making

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Brooking gets past England defender

Trevor Cherry to score

Reference to Testimonial Game in

“My Life in Football

Crossed Hammer

The 1970s was the peak of activity for West Ham players’ testimonials. Trevor’s game was the 15th testimonial granted to a Hammer and just one of eight played in the 1970s.  Brooking’s benefit game was preceded in the 1970s by Bobby Moore’s (1970), Geoff Hurst’s (1971), Ron Boyce’s (1972), Paul Heffer’s (1973), Wally St.Pier’s (1975) and Frank Lampard’s (1976). A year later and it was Billy Bonds’ turn.

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Trevor makes the following reference to his appreciation of his benefit game in his autobiography (page 53).

Some of them (referring to England colleagues) played in my testimonial match – West Ham v an England XI at the Boleyn Ground in October 1977 (programme 15p).  Ron had used the match to help prepare his team for a vital World Cup qualifier against Italy at Wembley a fortnight later.  A crowd of 23,220 supported me that night, contributing around £30,000 to my testimonial fund.  

I was touched that so many had turned up.  They watched West Ham win 6-2 – Derek Hales scored a hat-trick in ten minutes – and saw a really outstanding youngster who would later make a big name for himself with England, the Crystal Palace left-back Kenny Sansom.  

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Book signing at Newham Bookshop on Sunday October 5, 2014

Brooking and Jimmy Neighbour (England XI) chasing the ball

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Competition to find London's hottest shot - won by Peter Taylor

Newspaper coverage courtesy of Richard Miller

Wally St Pier Testimonial Benefit & Testimonial

Trevor Brooking and Geoff Hurst

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