West Ham United Football Club was founded in 1895 as Thames Ironworks FC and actually became West Ham in 1900. They began their lives in the Southern League and Western League before joining the Football League in 1919. They first played in the top flight in1923.
West Ham has never won the top flight of English football. Their best finish ever was 3rd in 1986. The Hammers have had most of their success in the FA Cup, a competition they have won on three occasions. They have also been runner-up twice. In 1965 they won their first and only European trophy the European Cup Winners Cup.
West Ham has long been known as the Academy of Football and three players, Bobby Moore, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst played a major part in England winning the World Cup in 1966.
The forty-six years since the World Cup winning trio graced Upton Park have seen mixed fortunes for the East London team. Relegation and promotion has been a common theme with the occasional Cup Final for distraction.
West Ham’s hone ground is the Boleyn Ground although it usually referred to as Upton Park. It has been West ham’s home since 1904 and currently has a capacity of 35,016. The record attendance is 42,322 for a match against London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur FC.