Hammers Heritage: Happy birthday Thames Ironworks FC!

Thames Ironworks FC was founded on 29 June 1895, so the Club which served as the precursor to West Ham United is celebrating its 122nd birthday!

The original football club was the brainchild of Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company foreman Dave Taylor and was put into practice by managing director and keen amateur sportsman Arnold Hills.

Over its five-season existence, Thames Ironworks FC won the West Ham Charity Cup, London League and Southern League Division Two, while playing at three different stadia in the local area - Hermit Road, Browning Road and the Memorial Grounds.

To find out more about the origins and history of Thames Ironworks FC, click here.