West Ham United are delighted to announce details of a number of exciting pre-season fixtures ahead of the 2013/14 season.
The Hammers will travel to both the Republic of Ireland and Germany to face Cork City and Hamburger SV respectively. Closer to home, the Club have also organised a trip to the south coast to face AFC Bournemouth in a Testimonial for Academy of Football graduate and long-time Cherries full-back Stephen Purches, along with a trip to Essex to take on Colchester United.
West Ham will also be making a return to Blue Square Bet South club Boreham Wood, having been worked hard during a pre-season fixture at Meadow Park in July 2012.
2013 Pre-season fixtures
Sunday 7 July v Cork City, Turners Cross Stadium, Cork City, Republic of Ireland, 6pm
Wednesday 10 July v Boreham Wood, Meadow Park, Borehamwood. 7.30pm
Saturday 13 July v AFC Bournemouth, Goldsands Stadium, Bournemouth, 3pm
Tuesday 16 July v Colchester United, Weston Homes Community Stadium, Colchester, 7.45pm
Tuesday 23 July v Hamburger SV, Flensburg, Germany (further details to follow), 6.45pm
(*all kick-offs stated are local times)
Bundesliga club Hamburger SV are one of Germany's biggest and best-supported clubs. Founded in 1887, the Rothosen won the European Cup in 1983 and European Cup Winners' Cup in 1977, have been crowned German champions six times and won the Germany Cup on three occasions.
Thorsten Fink's star-studded squad includes Netherlands and former Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Rafael van der Vaart, Germany left-back Marcell Jansen, South Korea starlet Heung-Min Son and ex-Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne.
West Ham right-back Guy Demel spent six seasons with Hamburger SV between 2005 and 2011, making 200 appearances, never finishing outside the Bundesliga's top-eight and winning the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2007.
The fixture will take place in the town of Flensburg in the north of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein - the northernmost town in Germany just south of the border with Denmark.
Based in Ireland's second-largest city, League of Ireland Premier Division side Cork City are two-time Irish champions and FAI Cup winners.
The Rebel Army have competed regularly in European competition down the years and the city itself has long been a hotbed of Irish football, with Hammers greats Sir Trevor Brooking and Sir Geoff Hurst both turning out for Cork Celtic at the end of their illustrious careers.
Purches' Testimonial at AFC Bournemouth comes after a hugely-successful season for the Cherries, who have gained promotion to the Championship under manager Eddie Howe, whose team have won their last eight League One matches.
West Ham Academy graduate Purches, now 33, has unfortunately missed the entire season after suffering a broken leg while playing against Rochdale in February 2012. The full-back has enjoyed a successful career, making nearly 450 appearances for Bournemouth and Leyton Orient.
Colchester United secured their npower League 1 status with a 2-0 victory at Carlisle United on the final day of the season.
The U's victory ensured Scunthorpe United would finish below them and drop down to League 2, and Joe Dunne's men include former Hammer Freddie Sears in their ranks.
The Club will announce further pre-season fixtures as and when dates and kick-off times have been confirmed with opposition clubs.
Ticket details for all pre-season fixtures will be announced on whufc.com and the club's social media feeds as and when they are confirmed.