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Sir Trevor Brooking talks Football at School

Wembley and Sir Trevor Brooking

This summer's World Cup, players' wages and women in football are just some of the topics Sir Trevor Brooking, director of football development at the Football Association, spoke about in an exclusive interview to students from Exmouth Community College at Wembley Stadium.

Sir Trevor with Emma and Wendy
Sir Trevor, here with Emma and Wendy, describes his early career

The School Reporters began their visit to Wembley stadium by visiting the VIP areas, the changing rooms for the England team, the press conference room, and the "dugout" where the England manager sits during matches.

After standing by the pitch, they climbed the 107 steps to the Royal Box to have their photos taken with a replica FA Cup, and also experience sitting in the Royal Box.

As Sir Trevor sat in front of the camera, he recounted his experience as a football manager. He was caretaker manager at West Ham United - the team he used to play for - on two occasions. He also re-lived his first goal for England, describing every move that led to him scoring against Italy in 1977 in a World Cup qualifying match.

He was asked about the development of football through coaching centres, and the increasing number of girls and women playing football - it is now more popular than netball.

Sir Trevor talked about the growth in players' wages. He explained that he had started on £7 per week, and when he retired in 1984, they were a few players earning about £2000 per week. He said the footballers of his generation didn't have to deal with the media attention that today's players attract.

From left to right, starting at the top: Emma, Joel, Wendy, Tim, Peter, Luke, Alex, dan, Harry, Jake
Exmouth students had a long journey to Wembley Stadium

He also spoke about some of the arrangements for the England team when they go to the World Cup finals in South Africa this summer. This included finding a suitable base for the England team with good training facilities, and pitches similar to those that they will play their matches on.

When asked about England's prospects, he said: "If we get everyone fit, we'll be tough to beat, and you'd just like us to do ourselves justice, so that everyone has given their best shot."

After the interviews were over, the School Reporters thanked Sir Trevor for his time and presented him with a gift from their school.

There was just time to visit the Wembley gift shop before the five-hour coach trip back to Exmouth.


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