The Boleyn Ground will be home to the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand in time for
the new season
West Ham United are delighted to announce that the Centenary Stand at the
Boleyn Ground is to be renamed the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand.
The Barking-born former England midfielder - who spent his entire career at
West Ham from signing professional terms in 1965 until his retirement in
1984 - will be the guest of honour for the visit of SSC Napoli on Saturday 8
August, with the match to be played for the Bobby Moore Cup. Sir Trevor will
take part in the pre-match presentations when the club will formally
commemorate the re-naming of the Centenary Stand.
Speaking to whufc.com, the Football Association's director of football
development said: "It is obviously a terrific honour which I am very
grateful for because this is my club. It will be my club forever. The great
thing was being able to spend my whole career with West Ham, having a stint
as caretaker manager and as a director and then going to the FA.
"I still try and get to most of the home games. 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. It is something I am only too pleased about
whenever it happens. We have a very passionate and loyal support."
Sir Trevor, who scored five times in 47 games for England, will become the
second Hammers great to have a stand named after him following the unveiling
of the Bobby Moore Stand in 1993. The Centenary Stand, which replaced the
old North Bank, originally got its name after being opened two years later,
exactly 100 years after the formation of the club's forerunners Thames
It was felt the time was right to honour a man who had given so much to the
club, not least in helping the team win the FA Cup in 1975 and 1980. The end
of this season will mark 30 years since the latter success, when Sir Trevor
stooped to head in the only goal of the Wembley final against Arsenal. Now
60, he also won the Hammer of the Year award an unprecedented five times and
overall scored 102 goals in 635 appearances.
West Ham United CEO Scott Duxbury said the renaming of the stand was the
perfect way to recognise the integral role Sir Trevor has at the club. He
said: "We are determined to pay tribute to those that have helped make this
club what it is today. A year ago, the No6 shirt was retired in honour of
Bobby Moore and we were keen to do something memorable to mark Sir Trevor's
"I know how much he 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. He is not just one of our greatest ever
players but also one of the country's best - and he continues to give so
much back to the game in England."