West Ham United Football Club Profile

West Ham United Facts

West Ham United’s origins can be traced back to the amateur Thames Ironworks F.C. club formed in 1895 by Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Co. Ltd company chairman Arnold Hills and works foreman Dave Taylor.

West Ham United competed in the London League and turned professional in 1898 upon entering the Southern League Second Division. The club joined the Football League in 1919 and were promoted to Division One in 1923, making the FA Cup final at the same time. From the 1930s to the 1960s, the club spent much of its time in the Second Division after being relegated in 1932.

Manager Ted Fenton led the club back to the First Division in 1958, and after Ron Greenwood took over from Fenton in 1961, the club won two major trophies, the FA Cup in 1964 and the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1965. John Lyall was appointed Team manager by Greenwood in 1974-1975, resulting in their second FA cup win that same season. In 1978, the club were again relegated to Division Two but Lyall was able to lead West Ham to their third FA Cup win in 1980.

Promotion to the first division in 1981 was followed only 8 seasons later by relegation. Under manager Billy Bonds, West Ham were promoted to Division One in the 1990-1991 season but were relegated from the newly formed Premier League the very next season.

West Ham United gained promotion to the Premier League in May 1993 and played in this league for almost 10 years before being relegated to the First Division. They regained promotion to the Premier League in 2003 and reached the FA Cup Final in 2005-2006, which they lost to Liverpool after a penalty shootout.

Boleyn Ground Stadium

West Ham United are based at the four stand all-seater 35,303 capacity Boleyn Ground stadium in the Upton Park area of London. The club rented Green Street House and its grounds from the Roman Catholic Church in 1912, and because Anne Boleyn was believed to have either stayed at or owned the Green Street House, it was known locally as Boleyn Castle, hence the origin of “Boleyn Ground”.

During the 1990s, the stadium underwent considerable renovation, and plans were submitted to increase the capacity to approximately 40,500 by increasing the size of the East Stand. On 7 November 2007, however, London mayor Ken Livingstone announced that a new site had been identified for West Ham to build a new stadium.

Supporters and Rivalries

The majority of West Ham supporters live in East London and Essex. This club’s supporters are best known for their rendition of the chorus of their team’s anthem, “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” introduced to the club by former manager Charlie Paynter in the late 1920s.

West Ham United have strong rivalries with several clubs. Most of these are London-based clubs like Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, and Chelsea but their most intense and oldest rivalry is with Millwall F.C. The most recent rival of West Ham’s is Sheffield United resulting from a dispute over Premier League player Carlos Tevez.