West Ham have a rich club history. The club was founded in 1895 as Thames Ironworks and reformed in 1900 as West Ham United.

They have won the FA Cup three times, finished as runners-up in the European Cup Winners’ Cup, and had several iconic players such as Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst, and Paolo Di Canio.

Here is everything you need to know about the history of this great football club.

Club name

West Ham were originally formed as Thames Ironworks FC by Arnold Hills, the owner of the Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company, as a way to keep his workers fit during their spare time.

In 1900, the club was reformed and renamed West Ham United after the district of West Ham in East London where the club was located.

The name change was also accompanied by a merger with another local team, Old Castle Swifts, and the club adopted the red and blue colours that they still wear at the London Stadium in the modern day.

West Ham badge

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West Ham’s badge has evolved over the years, but it has always featured the crossed hammers, which are a symbol of the club’s industrial heritage.

The hammers represent the tools used by the workers in the iron and shipbuilding industries that were prevalent in the East London area where the club was founded.

In 2016, the club unveiled a new badge that featured a simplified version of the crossed hammers, as well as the word “London” to reflect the club’s status as one of the capital’s major football teams.

Kit history

West Ham’s kits have featured the club’s iconic colours of claret and blue since the early days of the club.

The earliest kits were fairly simple, featuring vertical stripes or solid colours, but over time the designs became more elaborate, incorporating elements such as crossed hammers and castle motifs.

League history

West Ham has a long history in the English football league system, having been a member of the top flight for much of its existence.

They were founding members of the Football League Second Division in 1892 and won promotion to the First Division in 1923.

Since then, they have spent much of their time in the top two tiers of English football, with occasional periods in the lower divisions.

In recent years, they’ve cemented themselves as a regular fixture in the Premier League, finishing in the top ten on several occasions and even establishing themselves as contenders for European qualifying spots.

West Ham United trophies

The Hammers have won the FA Cup three times, in 1964, 1975, and 1980. In 1965, they won the European Cup Winners’ Cup, becoming the first English club to win a major European trophy.

They have also won the Intertoto Cup once, in 1999. In addition to these major trophies, they have won several minor cups and competitions throughout their history.

Players and managers

Bobby Moore
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West Ham have had many great players and managers throughout its history.

One of their most iconic players is Bobby Moore, who captained England to World Cup glory in 1966 and played for West Ham for 16 years.

Other legendary players include Geoff Hurst, who scored a hat-trick in the World Cup final, and Trevor Brooking, who spent his entire career at the club and later became a successful manager.

The Hammers has also had many great managers, including Ron Greenwood, who led the club to its first major trophy in 1964, and John Lyall, who won two FA Cups with the club in the 1970s and 80s.

Harry Redknapp is another successful manager who had two spells in charge of the club and led them to a top-six finish in the Premier League in 1999.

In recent years, the club has been managed by David Moyes. He has led them to top-half finishes in the Premier League and helped them reach the final of the 2021-22 Europa League.