2. Trevor Booking
West Ham beat off the challenge from Tottenham and Chelsea, to sign Brooking, on an apprenticeship. He made his debut in 1967 and went on to play 647 times for West Ham, scoring 102 goals in a seventeen-year career and become one of the most widely-recognised players in the modern game.
Trevor Brooking was an FA Cup winner in 1975 and 1980 for West Ham. The midfielder, who played 528 times for the club, won 4 Hammer of the Year trophies in 1972 and won it three times consecutively in 1976-1978. In 2009 a stand at Upton Park was named after Brooking.
When the Hammers were relegated, Brooking showed indescribable loyalty by pledging to stay with the team, and he did so for the rest of his career. He has even made a brief comeback as manager on 2 occasions in times of trouble and only lost 1 game.
1. Bobby Moore
Bobby Moore captained West Ham United for more than ten years and was captain of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest defenders of all time and was cited by Pelé as the greatest defender that he had ever played against.
He has a statue outside the home of English football, Wembley Stadium. Apart from captaining England to World Cup glory in 1966, he was also a hero for West Ham, winning the FA Cup (1963/64), the UEFA Cup Winners Cup (1964/65), and the International Soccer League (1963/64).
Bobby Moore brought leadership, passion and great defensive instincts to West Ham. He won many individual awards during his 16-year-career at the Hammers, such as, Ballon D’Or Runner Up (1970), FWA Footballer of the Year (1964) and winning Hammer of the Year a staggering 4 times (1961, 1963, 1968, 1970). He also made it into the PFA Team of the Century in 2007.
His legacy at West Ham lives on, he has a stand named after him at the London Stadium (which he also had at the Boleyn Ground) and his iconic, No. 6 shirt has been retired out of respect for Moore after his tragic death with bowel and liver cancer in 1993, which is why the Bobby Moore Foundation started.