As West Ham United prepare to embark on a European tour next season we look at the club’s top scorers when the Hammers have played over land and sea.
West Ham will play Europa League group stage football for the first time next term after finishing sixth.
David Moyes’s side finished agonisingly short of a Champions League spot by one win.
Hammers gearing up for 10th season in European competition
But group stage Europa League football is still a massive achievement and guarantees the Hammers at least six games in the competition.
West Ham have competed in UEFA competitions on nine occasions in the past with the 2021/22 Europa League campaign marking their 10th entry into non-domestic competition.
The Hammers have twice won European silverware, lifting the European Cup Winners Cup in 1965 and the Intertoto Cup in 1999.
You can read about each of those seasons below:
- 1. 1964–65 Cup Winners Cup
- 2. 1965–66 Cup Winners’ Cup
- 3. 1975–76 Cup Winners Cup
- 4. 1980–81 Cup Winners Cup
- 5. 1999 Intertoto Cup
- 6. 1999–2000 UEFA Cup
- 7. 2006–07 UEFA Cup
- 8. 2015–16 Europa League
- 9. 2016–17 Europa League
- 10. 2021–22 Europa League
West Ham’s overall record over land and sea is strong with 25 wins to date
West Ham have a pretty strong record overall in Europe. Mostly thanks to the halcyon days of the 1960s. The club has played 52 games in UEFA competition winning just under half of them (25), drawing nine and losing 18.
The Hammers have scored 84 goals in Europe and conceded 61 leaving an overall positive aggregate goal difference of +23.
Looking at Hammers history, that means West Ham’s goalscorers will have a club record in their sights.
The likes of Michail Antonio, Tomas Soucek and any potential new striker signings could write their names in the West Ham history books next season.
Byrne and Cross lead the way as club’s top European goalscorers – but they could be surpassed next season
Because West Ham’s highest European scorers in history – Johnny Byrne and David Cross – have six goals each.
All of those came in the European Cup Winners Cup.
Brian Dear, Frank Lampard junior, Martin Peters and Keith Robson are all tied on four each.
Hammers greats Billy Bonds, Sir Trevor Brooking, Billy Jennings, Alan Sealey, Johnny Sissons and Paulo Wanchope are next on the list with three each.
Only two current West Ham players have scored in Europe for the club already.
Noble and Lanzini have head start as only current players to have notched in Europe for West Ham
Mark Noble has a headstart on everyone else next season as the captain already has two goals.
And Manuel Lanzini has one to his name.
Much will depend on who West Ham get in their group but there is no reason why one of next season’s squad cannot match the record if the Hammers enjoy a good year.
Indeed a strong showing could see West Ham reach the 100-goal mark in European competition.
West Ham are one of a very select group of clubs who have won European silverware but have never been top flight champions in their own country.
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