Arnold Hills, Managing Director of Thames Ironworks, gave permission and then largely funded the formation of a football club for workers in his ship-building company.

Thames Ironworks FC turn professional and elected to the Southern League. Home matches are played at Hermit Road ground.

Thames Ironworks FC disbanded and the Club reform as West Ham United FC.

Appointment of E.S. (Syd) King as Club secretary. He later became manager.

West Ham United moved from the Memorial Grounds (Canning Town) to the Boleyn Ground in Green Street, Upton Park. Played our first home game on September 2 against Millwall (won 3-0) in the Southern League. Billy Bridgeman was credited with all three goals.

Charlie Paynter appointed first team trainer and coach.

Danny Shea transferred to Blackburn Rovers for a then record fee of £2,000.

Played in London Combination war-time competition.

Elected to the Football League and played first Second Division game on August 30 against Lincoln City at Upton Park. Drew 1-1.

The fans were in uproar when the great Syd Puddefoot was transferred to Falkirk for £5,000 - a then record fee for a player moving from an English to a Scottish club. December 27 - First home game against foreign opposition. Beat Haarlem (Holland) 4-2.

April 28 - West Ham United played in the first Wembley FA Cup Final against Bolton Wanderers and lost 2-0 before an estimated crowd of over 250,000. Despite the disappointment, Hammers still won promotion to the First Division. May 1 - first English team to visit Germany after World War One. First match in Division One, away to Sunderland, drew 0-0. First home game in the top flight against Arsenal, won 1-0.