West Ham United FC
With their attractive style of play, claret and blue jerseys and a catchy anthem, West Ham United are certainly a unique beast in the football world. They have a reputation of cup specialists – in addition to winning a Cup Winners' Cup in 1965, they have also claimed three FA Cup trophies. Since the early 50s, the club has been known as "The Academy of Football", with many young and talented players coming through their ranks.
Hermit Road (1895-1896)
Browning Road (1896-1897)
Memorial Recreation Ground (1897-1904)
Boleyn Ground (1904-2012)
Olympic Stadium (2012-)
FA Cup: 3
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1
Vic Watson, Geoff Hurst, Trevor Brooking, Bobby Moore, Martin Peters, Paul Ince, Rio Ferdinand, Paolo Di Canio, Stuart Pearce, Teddy Sheringham, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Carlos Tevez, Scott Parker, Winston Reid
Most games played: Billy Bonds (799)
Top goalscorer: Vic Watson (326)
Even though the club was reformed as West Ham United FC at the turn of the twentieth century, their roots go back to 1885 and the foundation of Thames Ironworks FC. The club was founded by Arnold Hills, the director of the Thames Ironworks shipyard department; the idea was that a football team would improve the relations between the management and the workers. Their humble beginnings as a works team are a big part of West Ham's history, which is most evident in the club's most popular nicknames (the Hammers and the Irons), as well as in the club's crest, which still features a pair of crossed rivet hammers.
In the early years the club played in London League, Southern League and Western League. In 1919, West Ham became a member of the Football League and participated in the second division the first season after the war. Four years later, the team was promoted to the first division. The same year, they would partake in a legendary game. It was the first FA Cup final taking place on Wembley Stadium and the estimated attendance was far over 200,000. In the game, they would fall short to Bolton Wanderers.
Things starts taking a turn for the better
Up until the 50s, West Ham were a fairly unremarkable club, albeit with a passionate fan base. It wasn't until Ted Fenton took over as manager that things finally started taking a turn for the better; during his eleven years with the club, Fenton made the club's youth school an integral part of the club's identity. This change in philosophy led to West Ham forming a talented team led by Bobby Moore, who would soon become one of the greatest football stars of his era.
The 60s saw the club reap the rewards of their reliance on the youth school. In 1964, West Ham claimed their first major honor by defeating Preston North End in the FA Cup final. The following year, the club would go all the way in the Cup Winners' Cup, outlasting 1860 Munich in the finals with two goals from Alan Seeley.
West Ham won two more FA Cups in 1975 and 1980 before eventually slowing down and retreating from the spotlight. While the club had stuck to their brand of attacking football, they would not win another trophy for the next couple of decades. They remain one of the most consistent sides of English football, however, having never been relegated to the Third Division.
The Premiere League era
In the early Premier League days, West Ham had a talented team with players such as Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick, and Joe Cole. The club stayed a midtable club for some years before a relegation 2002-2003 season and when the talents were grabbed by the top clubs. West Ham has, however, managed to establishing themselves in the 2000s as a Premier League team with only brief disruptions.
In 2016, West Ham moved to the new Olympic Stadium after over hundred years at Boleyn Ground. The new Olympic Stadium would swallow 60,000, almost twice the capacity of Boleyn Ground.
By Martin Wahl
The logo features a pair of crossed rivet hammers which is part of the club's heritage as a workers team. After a fans vote, the castle in the crest was removed and the letters of the team below the crest was changing position for the 2016-2017 season.
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Titles in total: 0
Premier League titles: 0
First participation: 1919-1920