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West Ham Utd FC

Stadium: Upton Park
Capacity: 35,016
Manager: Sam Allardyce

West Ham United was founded in 1895 under the name of Thames Ironworks FC by foreman and local league referee Dave Taylor. It was this title where the nickname ‘The Irons’ and ‘The Hammers’ originated from.

The club turned professional in 1898 upon entering the Southern League Second Division, they were then promoted to the First Division. However due to disagreements on the running and financing of the club in June of 1900, Thames Ironworks FC was disbanded. The club was then reformed as West Ham United F.C in July of 1900.

The club had joined the Western League for the 1901 season in addition to continuing playing in the Southern Division. The year 1904 saw the Hammers move to Upton Park were their first game was against fellow ironworks team and rivals, Millwall. The match bought in a crowd of 10,000 and West Ham managed a 3-0 win. Success continued for The Hammers when they were crowned the Western League Division 1B Champions in 1907. They also defeated 1A champions Fulham with a score of 1–0 to become the Western Leagues Overall Champions.

1919 saw the club enter the Football League Second Division, a few years later they were promoted to Division One in 1923. The club continued to impress by being in the first ever FA Cup Final to be held at the old Wembley where they faced Bolton Wanderers.

West Ham remained in Division One for 10 years until 1932 when they were relegated to Division Two. It was not until 1958 when the club was once again appointed to the top level of English football. West Ham gained there first piece of major silverware in 1964 when club won the FA Cup. They later went on to win the European up Winner’s Cup in 1965. In addition the club won the FA Cup again in 1975, becoming the last team to win the FA Cup with an all English side.

The years to come would prove to be very up and down for The Hammers. They were to reach an FA Cup final, be relegated and promoted all throughout the 80’s.

West Ham finally made it back to the top flight of English football in 1993 where they would stay until 2002. A few years later in 2005 they were back in the Premier League. During this season West Ham made it to the FA Cup final and in turn gained entry to the UEFA Cup.

The club continued to stay within the Premiership until the 15th of May 2011 when relegation to the Championship was confirmed. Nevertheless the club battled back and finished third in the 2011–12 Championship with 86 points. They qualified for the payoffs and reached the final. Here they beat Blackpool 2-1 to rightfully again their place in the new 2012-13 season.

Football League Second Division : 1958, 1981

FA Cup: 1964, 1975, 1980

FA Charity Shield: 1964 (shared)

European Cup Winners Cup: 1965

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