Step into the captivating world of West Ham United, a team steeped in history and filled with unparalleled spirit. From their humble beginnings to the glamour of the English Premier League (EPL), their journey is a testament to resilience, determination, and unwavering passion.
From Ironworks to Irons
Founded in 1895 as Thames Ironworks, West Ham United has created a rich legacy that resonates through the heart of English football. Over the decades, the Hammers have seen a fair share of triumphs and trials. A three-time FA Cup winner, West Ham has always been a club that bounces back with a vengeance, making them a constant presence in the Premier League.
Stars Hammering It Home
West Ham United is a testament to the fact that great players aren’t just born, they’re also made. Footballing legends like Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters, key figures in England’s World Cup glory in 1966, were part of West Ham’s ranks.
In the contemporary era, players like Dimitri Payet and Marko Arnautović have made significant contributions before moving on to play in the top tiers of French and Chinese football respectively. Meanwhile, Declan Rice, a product of West Ham’s academy, has established himself as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League.
Rivalries: The Hammer and the Tongs
Competitions bring out the best in West Ham, especially when it comes to their rivals. The rivalry with Millwall, originating from the early 20th century, is one of the longest-standing in English football. London derbies with Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea are always heated affairs, reflecting the city’s vibrant football culture.
West Ham also has had their fair share of international fixtures, including a memorable run in the 1999 Intertoto Cup that saw them lock horns with teams like FC Metz of France and NK Osijek of Croatia.
London Stadium: More Than A Ground
No West Ham experience is complete without a visit to the iconic London Stadium. Offering a variety of seating options, the stadium ensures an unforgettable football experience.
The Bobby Moore Stand is an ideal choice for those on a budget, with prices averaging around £45. Named after the club’s greatest-ever player, this stand offers an electric atmosphere.
For fans seeking a premium experience, the East Stand offers excellent views, and with ticket prices averaging between £75 to £110, the superior comfort and facilities are worth every penny.
Join The Hammers’ Roar
Being part of a West Ham United matchday is akin to participating in a grand spectacle, a festival of football where passion meets prowess. Every goal, every cheer, every moment is savored, a collective thrill that binds thousands of fans together. So why hesitate? Grab your tickets now and immerse yourself in the unforgettable experience that is West Ham United. It’s time to join the chorus of the Hammers’ roar.
The Future is Bright
- Academy of Football: West Ham United’s youth system is famously known as the “Academy of Football”. It has produced many top players who went on to have successful careers, including Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters, Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, and Michael Carrick.
- World Cup Winners: West Ham is the only club side to have provided all of the goalscorers in a World Cup final. This was in the 1966 final where England won 4-2 against West Germany, with Geoff Hurst scoring a hat-trick and Martin Peters scoring the other.
- Migration to London Stadium: West Ham moved to the London Stadium in 2016 after 112 years at their previous ground, the Boleyn Ground. The move increased the capacity from around 35,000 at the Boleyn Ground to 60,000 at the London Stadium, allowing more fans to attend the games.
- First FA Cup Win: West Ham United won their first FA Cup in 1964 under the management of Ron Greenwood. They beat Preston North End 3-2 in the final.
- Claret and Blue Kit: The Hammers’ iconic claret and blue kit was inspired by the 19th-century football team, Aston Villa. A West Ham player who was a former Villa player liked the kit and convinced his new team to adopt it.
- The Thames Ironworks Heritage: The team started as Thames Ironworks FC, a works team of the largest and last shipbuilder on the Thames. The ‘Hammers’ nickname comes from the team’s original name and the hammer and pick tools in the club’s crest.
- Famous Supporters: West Ham United has a number of famous supporters, including the likes of actors Ray Winstone and James Corden, as well as Keira Knightley, and former boxing world champion Lennox Lewis.
- Mascot: West Ham United’s official club mascot is known as ‘Hammerhead’. The mascot, often seen at the London Stadium on match days, is a favorite amongst young fans.