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A shirt to be proud of: Sir Trevor Brooking surprises Hammers supporters

21 Aug | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
A shirt to be proud of: Sir Trevor Brooking surprises Hammers supporters

The claret and blue represents a strong bond between the club and its most loyal fans, says the Hammers legend


As part of our #PrideInYourShirt campaign, we teamed up with West Ham icon Sir Trevor Brooking to celebrate the launch of the club’s new home shirt – and final season at the Boleyn Ground – with the people who matter the most.

Sir Trevor made a surprise visit to the Hammers Social Club, which is nestled only a matter of metres away from the famous old stadium, and handed out signed shirts to loyal and dedicated supporters.

The former No. 10 also spoke to us at length about his memories of wearing the claret and blue jersey at the place the club have called home for more than a century, in addition to discussing a host of other topics spanning his 50-plus years in football.

The video will be shown on the jumbo screen during Saturday’s match against Bournemouth, while the full Q&A will be published on the Betway Insider blog next week.

An excerpt of the interview with Sir Trevor is available to read below.

What the West Ham shirt means to him:
“I think the shirt is always strong link with any club and, of course, with West Ham, the claret and blue has been embedded for many, many years.”

His favourite West Ham shirt:
“The [1980] FA Cup, when we beat Arsenal, was special. The fact I scored the goal and the white shirt that day with the claret trimmings and the blue shorts with the No. 10. Thirty-five years on, I’ve signed a lot of those shirts.”

His memories of playing at the Boleyn Ground:
“The old Chicken Run was very much part of the atmosphere… it was two yards away. Obviously, there was all banter in the background and it was great if we were doing well and winning.”

And what it means to support the club:
“You will be a West Ham fan through thick and thin. They give out stick when it’s necessary and defend us when we need to be defended. And that, I think, is the beauty of that West Ham.”

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