West Ham United – The History

Thames Ironworks FC - West Ham Uniteds First Team PhotoWest Ham United Football Club are an English professional football club based in Upton Park, Newham, East London. We have been members of the Premier League for all but three seasons since it’s creation in 1992, but have dropped to the second tier of English Football, the Football League Championship, after relegation was confirmed in May 2011.

Our highest finish in the Premier League was fifth in the 1998–99 season.

The club was founded in 1895 as Thames Ironworks FC – The photo on the left is the first ever team photo – and reformed in 1900 as West Ham United. In 1904 the club relocated to our current home The Boleyn Ground stadium.

It is a common misconception that West Ham’s ground is called Upton Park, but this incorrect, West Ham’s ground is called The Boleyn Ground and is situated in the area of Upton Park.

We initially competed in the Southern League and Western League before eventually joining the full Football League in 1919 and subsequently enjoyed promotion to the top flight for the 1923 season. 1923 also saw the club feature in the first FA Cup Final to be held at Wembley against Bolton Wanderers.

In 1940 the team won the inaugural Football League War Cup. The club have won the FA Cup three times: in 1964, 1975 and 1980 as well as being runners-up twice, in 1923 and 2006. In 1965, they won the European Cup Winners Cup, and in 1999 they won the Intertoto Cup. The club’s best final league position is third place in the 1985–86 (old) First Division.

Three West Ham players were considered an important factor behind England’s triumph in the 1966 World Cup. England’s captain at the time was West Ham’s Bobby Moore, and both goalscorers in the final were then current players Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters.