Three West Ham legends set to appear at the Harlow Playhouse

Entertainment / Tue 6th Jul 2021 at 11:21am

THREE Hammers legends grace the stage to talk about their brilliant careers at the mighty West Ham United.

Come and Join Sir Trevor Brooking, Tony Gale and Alan Curbishley as they discuss the games, dressing room/training ground stories, managers, fall outs and everything you wanted to know about playing for a successful football club.

There will be a chance to pose questions on the night to the lads. VIP tickets are available for a meet and greet and a photograph opportunity before the show, check this out at the box office when booking.

VIP Tickets: Holders of VIP Tickets should arrive prior to the performance from 5.30pm as the pre-show Meet & Greet will take place at approximately 6.00pm

Sir Trevor Brooking

Making an incredible 647 appearances for The Hammers, Trevor was voted player of the season on no less than four occasions. 

He attended his first West Ham game as a nine-year-old and at 15 chose to play for his local team despite reported offers from both Tottenham and Chelsea. He made his debut in August 1967, scoring his first goal in December the same year.

He has two FA Cup winners medals – he headed the only goal of the game in the 1980 triumph over Arsenal – and played in the European Cup Winners’ Cup and League Cup finals.

Wearing the number 10 jersey, he scored 102 goals and boasts the fourth most league appearances for the club. 

If cut in half, Sir Trevor would have West Ham written right through him: stands have been named after him at both Upton Park and The London Stadium and he has even taken charge as caretaker manager of his beloved team.

Brooking played 47 times for England, scoring five times and was knighted for his services to sport. 

Tony Gale

Signed for £200,000 in 1984, Gale would go on to make 300 league appearances spread over a decade for The Hammers. He experienced all the highs and lows football has to offer with the team, experiencing relegation and promotion back to the top flight with West Ham.

His team-mates are said to have fondly nicknamed him “Reggie” – after the notorious gangster Reggie Kray. Apparently, this was not for his defensive style but because the joker of the pack was never short of a playful cutting remark.

He formed a legendary partnership at the back with Alvin Martin and has the dubious distinction of becoming the first-ever footballer in the English game to be shows a straight red card for denying an attacker a goal-scoring opportunity with a professional foul.

Now a regular face on Sky TV, Tony’s quick wit and wits have served him well on and off the pitch throughout his lifetime. 

Alan Curbishley

Beginning his playing career as an apprentice with the Hammers, at the age of 16 Alan became the youngest ever West Ham player to be named on a first-team team sheet.

It was a further seven months before he enjoyed his debut, deputising for the injured Bill Bonds. His first win with the team coincided with his first goal in October 1975 – when he replaced an injured Trevor Brooking in the starting line-up versus Newcastle.

At the age of 18, he starred in the third round of West Ham’s European Cup Winners’ Cup run of 1976 and went on to become a team regular, vying for a midfield berth alongside Trevor Brooking, Alan Devonshire, Pat Holland, Geoff Pike and Billy Bonds.

He left the club at the end of the ’77-’78 season to join Birmingham City. 

Alan returned to Upton Park as gaffer in December 2006, following an illustrious managerial career with Charlton Athletic, where he masterminded two promotions and established the Addicks as a top-tier team.

West Ham were relegation certs that season, but under Curbishley they chalked up seven wins out of nine games, beating Manchester United on the last day of the season, to keep the Irons in the Premier League.

A very credible top-ten finish the following season was built upon with six points from the team’s first three games of the ’07-’08 season, before Alan resigned due to a reported clash with United’s board of directors.

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