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Wednesday 1 September Updated Wednesday 18 February

A special day

Today, 1 September, marks the 110th anniversary since West Ham United's first official match.

Having existed as Thames Ironworks FC since 1895, the club was relaunched as West Ham United in July 1900 and Syd King installed as the new Hammers' first manager.

Maintaining their links with the old Thames Ironworks and its owner Arnold Hills, West Ham United initially continued to play their home matches at the Memorial Grounds in Plaistow.

It was there, on 1 September 1900, that some 2,000 spectators turned out to see their new club take on Gravesend in the Southern League First Division.

Billy Grassam (pictured) was the man who took the honour of scoring West Ham United's first official goal, netting after just five minutes of play.

Grassam, a Scot who had joined the club from Burslem Port Vale earlier that year, went on to score four times in a 7-0 win for King's men, automatically making him the first Hammer to net a hat-trick.

Two goals were added by another former Burslem Port Vale player, James Reid, while Yorkshireman Fergus Hunt added the seventh to complete a superb day for the new club.

The Hammers would end their first season in existence by finishing sixth in the Southern League First Division standings, while Grassam would end the campaign as top scorer with 15 in 23 appearances.

West Ham United had been born.

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