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West Ham United
Full name West Ham United Football Club
Nickname The Hammers
Founded 1895
Ground Boleyn Ground,
Upton Park, London
Capacity 35,647
Chairman Terence Brown
Manager Alan Pardew
League The Championship
2003-04 First Division, 4th
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Home colours
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Away colours

West Ham United F.C are a professional English football club based in East London. They play at the Boleyn Ground, which is known more commonly as Upton Park due to its location in the London district of the same name and the London Underground tube station used to travel to the football ground. They are nicknamed "The Hammers" by the media, but are better known as "The Irons" by their own fans. The club has a training facility at Chadwell Heath in Essex, adjacent to the railway line from which the team may occasionally be viewed at practice during the week. The club currently plays in the Football League Championship.



The club was founded in 1895 as the works side of the Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Co. Ltd by the company chairman Arnold Hills, playing in the London League. They joined the Southern League Second Division in 1899. When the club became a limited company in 1900 the club name was changed to West Ham United. West Ham's club colours are claret and blue.

The club moved to the Memorial Ground in Plaistow in 1900 and then to a pitch in the Upton Park area, originally named The Castle for the 1905-06 season. They joined the Football League in 1919 and were first promoted to the top division in 1923. They have won the F.A. Cup three times in 1963-64, 1974-75 and 1979-80. They also won the (now defunct) European Cup Winners' Cup in 1964-65, beating 1860 Munich 2-0 in the final at Wembley Stadium, London. They also appeared in the final of the same competition in 1975-76, losing 4-2 to Anderlecht of Belgium.

West Ham have never been hugely successful in the League, their highest ever position being a third-place finish in the old First Division in 1985-86. They have been in the Premiership for most of the seasons since its inception in 1992-93; however, in 2002-2003, after a poor campaign in which it took them nearly six months to win their first home match, they were relegated from the Premiership. The following season they reached the playoff final but were defeated by Crystal Palace. They are the only club in the United Kingdom still owned and run by the families that founded it.


FA Cup Winners: 1964, 1975, 1980

European Cup Winners' Cup Winners: 1965, Runner's up 1976

UEFA Intertoto Cup Winners: 1999

Second Division Champions 1958, 1981

Famous players

Famous players, past and present, include;


West Ham have only had ten managers in their history, fewer than the majority of large English clubs have had. Indeed, up until 1989 the club had only had five different managers.


The team's supporters are famed for their passionate rendition of their team's anthem, "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles", the lyrics of which are as follows:

I'm forever blowing bubbles, pretty bubbles in the air
They fly so high, nearly touch the sky
And like my dreams they fade and die
Fortune's always hiding, I've looked everywhere
I'm forever blowing bubbles, pretty bubbles in the air
United! United!

A plate from the railway locomotive 'West Ham United' has adorned the Green Street entrance to the western side of the stadium since the early 1960's.

External links

  • Official Website (http://www.whufc.com)
  • Knees Up Mother Brown (fansite) (http://www.kumb.com)
  • West Ham Online (fansite) (http://www.westhamonline.net)

Football League Championship 2004/05

Brighton & Hove Albion | Burnley | Cardiff City | Coventry City | Crewe Alexandra | Derby County | Gillingham | Ipswich Town | Leeds United | Leicester City | Millwall | Nottingham Forest | Plymouth Argyle | Preston North End | Queens Park Rangers | Reading | Rotherham United | Sheffield United | Stoke City | Sunderland | Watford | West Ham United | Wigan Athletic | Wolverhampton Wanderers

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Football in England

League competitions

The FA

Cup competitions

FA Premier League FA Cup
The Football League (Champ, 1, 2) England
League Cup
Football Conference (Nat, N, S) FA Community Shield
Northern Premier League (Prem, 1) List of
Football League Trophy
Southern League (Prem, 1W, 1E) FA Trophy
Isthmian League (Prem, 1, 2) Records FA Vase
English football league system FA NLS Cup

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  Results from FactBites:
West Ham Fans | Born to be Claret & Blue - The latest news from The Boleyn Ground (1429 words)
In a week that could see England failing to qualify for the European Championships, it is worth bearing in mind that two West Ham players who could have saved Steve McClaren from becoming a 'dead manager walking' will be using their time preparing for the home clash against Tottenham on the 25th of November.
Well the answer is probably somewhere in between, Alan Curbishley's West Ham side traveled to Pride Park shorn of at least five first team regulars with in excess of £40 Million worth of talent unavailable.
West Ham United's Northern Ireland International, George McCartney, cannot wait to take on his old club Sunderland at the Boleyn.
West Ham United | Official Site of the Premier League - Barclays Premier League News, Fixtures and Results | Premier ... (574 words)
West Ham secured their place back in the Barclays Premiership after a two-year absence in 2005.
West Ham won promotion to the top flight in 1923 and the same year appeared in the first Wembley FA Cup Final.
West Ham regained their place in the top division in 1991, but had the pain of relegation after one season.
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