West Ham United evolved in 1900s from the Thames Ironworks team which was originally founded in the late 1800s. Due to these early roots, West Ham are still referred to as 'The Hammers' or 'The Irons'. In 1904 West Ham moved to the Boleyn Ground, commonly referred to as Upton Park.
Since joining Division Two in 1919, West Ham United have never been out of either of the two top flights of English football and have experienced several promotions and relegations between the two.
West Ham & England Football Legends
There was not a huge amount of success until Ron Greenwood was appointed as team manager in 1961. He led West Ham to an FA Cup Final victory against Preston North End in 1964 and followed this up by winning the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1965, beating 1860 Munich 2-0 yet again at a Wembley final. This was such a good team that West Ham supplied three key players, captain Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters, for England's 1966 World Cup triumph. The 1964 FA Cup win was later added to in the 1975 and 1980 FA Cup Finals.
West Ham's league record peaked in 1986, when a blend of skill and attacking football took The Hammers to a third place finish in Division One.
West Ham United are often referred to as 'The Academy of Football', in recognition of their policy and reputation for developing skillful youth players. Apart from the three West Ham and England legends of the 1966 vintage, Upton Park has also produced other England stars such as Trevor Brooking, Tony Cottee, Paul Ince, Joe Cole and Frank Lampard.