Ron Greenwood CBE

Ron Greenwood CBE is a member of the LMA Hall of Fame.

Greenwood managed over 600 games for West Ham United before managing England from 1977 until 1982.

During World War II, Greenwood served in the Royal Air Force in Northern Ireland and guested for Belfast Celtic.

As a player he represented Bradford Park Avenue, Brentford, Chelsea and Fulham. With Chelsea he won a First Division winners' medal in 1954-55 under Ted Drake.

Greenwood was appointed manager of West Ham United. Prior to his appointment he began his coaching coaching career with Eastbourne United, Oxford University and the England Youth and Under-23 teams. He also served as assistant manager at Arsenal under George Swindin.

Greenwood enjoyed considerable success with West Ham. He oversaw the development of players who were part of the 1966 FIFA World Cup team, which included Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters. He also won the FA Cup in 1964 and the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1965 - these were the first two major trophies of their history.

In 1974, he became the club's general manager with John Lyall being placed as first team manager. In the first season of this new arrangement, West Ham won another FA Cup.

Greenwood was appointed full-time manager of England in 1977 which his 15-year association with West Ham United. England qualified for the 1980 European Championship and then the 1982 World Cup under Greenwood, which was their first World Cup in 12 years.England did not win enough games to progress beyond the second group stage, altough England came through the tournament unbeaten. After the World Cup Greenwood resigned and retired from football. Sir Bobby Robson CBE then took over the national side. In 1978, a notable landmark during Greenwood's tenure was the selection of the first black player for England, Viv Anderson. Greenwood stated "Yellow, purple or black - if they're good enough, I'll pick them".

On 28 October 2008 the Town Council of Loughton, erected a blue plaque to his memory at one of his former houses in the town, 22 Brooklyn Avenue, which was unveiled by Sir Trevor Brooking and the Town Mayor, Chris Pond. In addition, the Heritage Foundation charity erected a blue plaque in Greenwood's memory at Upton Park. This was unveiled by Ron's family on 21 January 2007.

He was also inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2006. This honour recognised his achievements as a manager in the English game.

Honours (3)
  • domestic-trophies
    • West Ham United:
      • Charity Shield Winners, (1964-01-01)
      • FA Cup Winners, (1963-01-01)
  • european-trophies
    • West Ham United:
      • European Cup Winners Cup Winners, (1964-01-01)
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