AN AUDIENCE WITH: WEST HAM LEGENDS
Calling the Claret and Blue Army! We have an opportunity like no other, as Four West Ham Legends take to the stage to talk about their careers as a Hammer.
Come and join Sir Trevor Brooking, Frankie McAvennie, Julian Dicks, and Tony Gale as they take the ‘Hot Seat’ to discuss all things football.
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Years at West Ham: 1966-84
One of the greatest names in West Ham United history, five-time Hammer of the Year Trevor Brooking risked his reputation when he returned to east London as caretaker manager in April 2003.
The Club he had graced for nearly 20 years as a player were in turmoil, with manager Glenn Roeder taken seriously ill and the team seemingly spiraling towards an inevitable relegation.
While West Ham would eventually drop out of the Premier League with a record-high 42 points, they won seven points from a possible nine with Brooking in charge.
When Roeder departed permanently in August 2003, Brooking again took the helm on a temporary basis, guiding his team to seven wins and just one defeat in eleven matches in all competitions.
The former England international, broadcaster and football administrator departed in October 2003 to make way for Alan Pardew, but his legacy as a true Claret and Blue legend had only been strengthened.
No manager in West Ham history, caretaker or permanent, has a better winning percentage.
Years with West Ham United: 1986-87 and 1989-92
With his flowing blond locks, film star looks, sharp tongue, lightning pace and accurate finishing, Frank McAvennie was arguably the star of West Ham United’s famed Boys of ’86 squad.
Signed from St Mirren for £340,000 in June 1985, having turned down an approach from First Division rivals Luton Town, McAvennie was initially played as an attacking midfielder.
However, when striker Paul Goddard suffered a serious injury in the opening-day defeat at Birmingham City, McAvennie was deployed as a centre forward alongside Tony Cottee – and the rest is history.
With the Scot netting 26 goals and Cottee 20, West Ham mounted an unexpected bid for the title, pushing Liverpool and Everton all the way before a fixture pile-up ultimately saw them fall short and finish third.
McAvennie’s success saw him become a household name almost overnight, and his appearance on the popular BBC Wogan talk show only increased his profile.
Years at West Ham: 1988-93, 1994-99
No12 on the #50GreatestHammers list is one of the finest defenders in modern times to pull on the Claret & Blue shirt.
Few players wore their heart on their sleeve quite as Julian Dicks did, with the no-nonsense left-back giving his all on every one of his 326 appearances for the Club.
Dicks enjoyed a real connection with the Hammers faithful, four times being voted Hammer of the Year – a tally beaten only by Sir Trevor Brooking.
Born in Bristol in August 1968, Dicks made his way in the game with Birmingham City, earning his move to east London late in the 1987/88 season.
He was a regular from the off, playing 49 games in his first full campaign and 52 the following year, scoring an impressive 14 goals that term.
It wasn’t just his uncompromising defending that he was noted for, Dicks also possessed a cultured left-foot and an unstoppable penalty.
Years with West Ham United: 1984-94
Tony Gale played an integral role in the West Ham United team which secured the Club’s best-ever league finish in the 1985/86 campaign.
Not before, nor since, has a Hammers side ended a top-flight season as high as the third place John Lyall’s men secured that term, and defender Gale played all 42 league games, helping his team concede less than a goal a game and come within four points of the title.
That was Gale’s second season as a Hammer following a summer 1984 move from Fulham, where he had already accumulated 277 league appearances after making his debut aged just 16.
Born in Westminster in November 1959, Gale broke through at Craven Cottage after Hammers and England legend Bobby Moore retired in the mid-1970s, earning his chance in the top flight after narrowly missing out on promotion from Division Two with the Cottagers.
He immediately settled into life with the Hammers and made a formidable partnership in the centre of defence with Alvin Martin, as Lyall’s side thrilled the Boleyn Ground faithful in that unforgettable 1985/86 campaign.
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