Greatest West Ham United XI Of All Time
CM: Trevor Brooking
Brooking played 528 times for West Ham while scoring 88 goals. He went on to win 2 FA Cups with West Ham one in 1975 and the other in 1980 in which he scored the winner against Arsenal in a 1-0 win.
Brooking earned himself a testimonial match in 1977 in which West Ham played England XI. Brooking’s appearance total for the Hammers has only been beaten by Billy Bonds, Bobby Moore, and Frank Lampard Snr. In 2009 Sir Trevor Brooking was honoured with a stand named after him at the Boleyn Ground. Brooking won Hammer of the year a record 5 times!
RM: Martin Peters
Martin Peters was one of three West Ham players to feature in England’s 1966 World Cup-winning success. Others were England and West Ham captain Bobby Moore and Geoff Hurst. Known as “the complete midfielder”, he could pass the ball well with either foot, was good in the air, and was difficult to mark because of his movement.
He was a versatile player and played in every position for our club including the goalkeeper. He was sold to Spurs for a then transfer-fee record of £200K.
LM: Billy Bonds
West Ham’s most-capped player ever, playing 663 times and scoring 48 goals. West ham brought Bonds for £50,000 from Charlton. He won West Ham’s first-ever lifetime achievement award in May 2013.
His midfield partnership with Trevor Brooking was well-balanced and his tough style made him a firm fan favourite with the West Ham crowd. He was voted ”Hammer of the year” four times in his career. His last ever game came against Southampton in which he was aged 41 years and 226 days old.