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Club History

1964 FA Cup winners


The Club now known as West Ham United was formed as Thames Ironworks FC in the year 1895 as the works team of the Thames Ironworks & Shipbuilding Company Limited.

After being reformed in 1900, the Hammers joined the Football League Second Division in 1919, reached the FA Cup final and were promoted to the First Division in 1923.

FA Cup victories were enjoyed in 1964, 1975 and 1980, followed by a record-high third-place League finish in 1985/86 and, since 1993, the Irons have been regular members of the Premier League.

West Ham United has been represented by some of the finest players to lace up a pair of boots, too, including three of the men who inspired England to FIFA World Cup glory in 1966 - captain Bobby Moore, hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst and fellow goalscorer Martin Peters - and many, many more.

The Club played at three east London venues for a short period before moving to the Boleyn Ground in Upton Park in 1904, spending 112 years there before switching to the 60,000-capacity London Stadium in Stratford in the summer of 2016.

Click on the images below to explore more than 125 years of history...