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West Ham United Football Club were founded in 1895, as Thames Ironworks. The club became West Ham United on 5 July 1900. The club gets it nicknames of the Irons or the Hammers from their previous name as Thames Ironworks. West Ham’s colours are claret and blue

 

West Ham play their football at Boelyn Ground (also knwon as Upton Park). The stadium has a capacity of just over 35,000 and has been the home of the Hammers since 1904. Before home matches, supporters can be heard chanting the club’s anthem I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles, while actual bubbles are blown across the stadium. The club’s stadium from 2016 onwards will be the Olympic Stadium, which was used for the 2012 London Olympics.

 

West Ham’s highest top tier finish is 3rd, which they achieved in 1985. The club has yo-yoed in and out of the Premier League since their first season in the competition in the early 90s. West Ham have won three FA Cups, most recently in 1980.

 

The club’s all-time leading goalscorer is Vic Watson who scored 326 goals for the club. Second on the list is Geoff Hurst with 252. Billy Bonds hold the record for the most appearances for the club, with 804. Other notable players to have played for the club include Trevor Brooking and Bobby Moore.

 

West Ham has often been called the Academy of Football due to the number of quality players to have graduated from the club’s youth ranks. Notable graduates include Paul Ince, Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole, John Terry, Michael Carrick, Jermain Defoe, Kieran Richardson and Glen Johnson. Notable fomer managers of the club include Sam Allardyce, Alan Pardew, Alan Curbishley and Harry Redknapp.

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