About West Ham United
West Ham has slowly transitioned into an established, Premier League club after consistently flirting with relegation and bouncing between the first and second tier of English football. Founded in 1895 as Thames Ironworks, the club changed its name to West Ham five years later and now inherit the nickname ‘The Hammers’ or ‘The Irons’.
To many, West Ham are known as ‘The Academy of Football’ due to the quality of players they produce through their ranks; the likes of Joe Cole, Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard all emerged from the Hammers’ youth setup and the most recent academy product to shine is England international Declan Rice. The 22-year-old has already made over 100 appearances for the Hammers and captains the side when Mark Noble is not in the starting line-up.
Overall, West Ham are three-time FA Cup winners, with the last success dating back to 1980 as Sir Trevor Brooking scored the only goal of the game in a shock victory against Arsenal. However, the Hammers are yet to win the League Cup and have only reached the final on two occasions - 1966 and 1981. The club has never won the First Division/Premier League, with their highest finish being third in the 1985/86 campaign.
The Irons have won the FA Charity Shield once and outside of domestic football, they have endured some success. West Ham won the European Cup Winners Cup in 1965, Anglo-Italian League Cup in 1975 and the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1999.
And most of West Ham’s success has come many decades ago. Players such as Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters - all of whom were part of England’s World Cup triumph in 1966 - gave the Hammers fans something to cheer about. However, the club has switched from Upton Park to London Stadium to compete with the big boys; that hasn’t happened yet, but there is time for the fortunes to change in east London.
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London Stadium, with a capacity of 60,000
Who owns West Ham?
Co-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold primarily own the club, with Albert ‘Tripp’ Smith owning 10 per cent.
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