West Ham United

West Ham
United

  • Location: East London, England
  • Stadium: London Stadium
  • Coach: David Moyes
  • Premier League Titles: 0

Current Squad / Roster

General Statistics 2022-2023

Matches Played

38

To Play

0

Wins

11

Drawn

7

42

Goals

55

Goals Against

Championships:

Second Division Champions: 1957-58, 1980-81.

Championship Play-off Winners: 2005, 2012.

FA Cup: 1964-64, 1974-75, 1979-80.

FA Charity Shield: 1964.

European Cup Winner’s Cup: 1964-65.

UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1999.

Western League Champions: 1906-07.

Team History

The club was founded in 1885 as Thames Ironworks F.C. The team was made up of workers from the Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company, and they played amateur games in the West Ham area. The team turned professional in 1898 and played in the Southern League Second Division, earning promotion in the first year.

In the Southern League First Division, they beat Fulham to avoid relegation. In June 1900, the team was disbanded and reformed as West Ham United Football Club with Syd King as manager. The new team kept the iron workers theme and is still known as “the Irons” and “the Hammers.”

West Ham United played in both the Western League and the Southern League First Division in 1901. After playing at Memorial Grounds, they moved into Boleyn Ground in 1904 and beat rivals Millwall 3-0 in the first game. In 1907 they won the Western League 1B Championship and beat the 1A champions, Fulham, 1-0 in the playoffs.

They stayed in those leagues until 1919, when they finally gained entrance to the Football League’s Second Division. After World War I, they were promoted to the First Division in 1923. The Hammers also played in the first-ever FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium and lost to Bolton Wanderers 2-0.

They were relegated to the Second Division in 1932, and King was fired after 32 years with the club, either as a player or manager. Assistant Charlie Paynter took over, and the Hammers made it to the 1933 FA Cup semifinals. West Ham stayed in the Second Division with middling success before and after World War II.

The Hammers finally earned a promotion back to the First Division in 1958 under manager Ted Fenton. Ron Greenwood took over as manager in 1961, and the team added young Bobby Moore to the squad. They grabbed their first major trophy with the 1964 FA Cup, winning the final 3-2 over Preston North End.

A host of West Ham players, including captain Bobby Moore and hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst, starred in the 1966 World Cup for England, winning the final at Wembley.

Greenwood resigned as manager but stayed as the team director with his assistant John Lyall now as skipper. The team won the 1975 FA Cup, beating Fulham 2-0 in the final. The final win was monumental for a few reasons: They became the first all-English team to win the FA Cup, Moore was on the losing Fulham side, and it qualified West Ham for the European Cup Winners’ Cup.

The Hammers navigated the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1975-76, making it all the way to the finals. Against Belgian side Anderlecht, they lost the final 4-2 in Brussels.

West Ham was relegated in 1978. They beat Arsenal to win the 1980 FA Cup, a win that, as of 2022, stands as their last major trophy. It also marks the most recent occurrence of a team winning the FA Cup from outside the top division. The Hammers also earned a promotion back to the First Division in 1981.

In the First Division, West Ham made it into the top ten for the next three seasons. The 1985-86 team stayed in contention for a title all season and ultimately finished third, the best finish in team history. But the success didn’t last, and the Hammers were relegated in 1989, with Lyall being fired after 34 years with the team.

In 1990-91 under Billy Bonds, the Hammers earned a promotion back to the First Division. But they finished last in the next season and went right back down, meaning they missed out on being a Premier League founding member. They earned a promotion the next year and made their Premier League debut in August 1993.

The team added players, and Bonds left with rumors of the board trying to promote his assistant Harry Redknapp. Redknapp took over in August 1994, and in his tenure, West Ham used more than 130 players, spending money to sign Stuart Pence, Paolo Di Canio, Davor Suker, Ian Wright, and others. Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand was sold to Leeds United for a record transfer fee.

On the field, West Ham was still battling to avoid relegation in the first three years under Redknapp. They finally progressed up the table to finish fifth in the Premier League standings in 1998-99. They won the Intertoto Cup, beating France’s Metz in the final.

West Ham played in the 1999-2000 UEFA Cup. After the 2000-01 season, Redknapp asked for more funds to bring in new players but was instead fired, along with his assistant Frank Lampard Sr. They followed by selling his 23-year-old son Frank Lampard Jr. to Chelsea. The younger Lampard went on to score 147 goals in 429 games on the other side of London over the next 13 years.

Two years later, under caretaker manager Trevor Booking, the team was relegated to end a run of 10 years in the Premier League. Glenn Roeder resumed his role as manager, but the team couldn’t bounce back up. With Alan Pardew taking over when Roeder was fired, the Hammers lost in the playoff final. They added Bobby Zamora and Teddy Sheringham and made it back to the playoffs. This time, Zamora scored to beat Preston North End and send the Hammers back to the Premier League.

West Ham finished ninth in the Premier League in 2005-06 and reached the FA Cup Final, where they lost to Liverpool in penalties. They added Carlos Tevez for the 2006-07 season, which the FA judged to be an illegal signing, resulting in a large team fine. The Hammers won on the last day of the season to finish 15th and avoid relegation. They moved up to 10th place in 2007-08 while playing in the UEFA Cup.

They again avoided relegation in 2009-10 but went down a year later. Sam Allardyce took over, and the Hammers finished third in the 2011-12 Championship and won the playoffs over Blackpool. West Ham finished 12th in their return to the Premier League and also won the bidding to take over the Olympic Stadium as a new home after the 2012 London Olympics.

They stayed middle of the pack under Allardyce, and he left after the 2014-15 season. Slaven Bilic took over as manager, leading West Ham to a seventh-place finish. They also finished a 112-year run at Boleyn Ground and moved into the Olympic Stadium for the 2016-17 season. They finished 11th and 13th the next two seasons. David Moyes managed a year, was replaced by Manuel Pellegrini and then came back mid-season to take over in December 2019.

The Hammers avoided relegation in 2020 and then had a great 2020-21 season with a sixth-place finish. They played in the 2021-22 Europa League, reaching the semifinals for the first time since 1976. They finished seventh in the 2021-22 Premier League and qualified for the 2022-23 European Conference League.

West Ham United has a rivalry with Tottenham and Chelsea that impact more than the Premier League standings. Both rivalries also give London bragging rights with an East vs. North derby in terms of Spurs and an East v. West derby against Chelsea. When they are in the same league, they also have a fierce rivalry with fellow ironworkers club Millwall.

West Ham United Records

Looking at the West Ham United stats and Premier League stats, the player with the most career appearances is Billy Bonds, with 799 games from 1967 to 1988. Frank Lampard Sr. played in 670 games from 1967 to 1985, and Bobby Moore played in 647 games from a958 to 1974. Mark Noble holds the Premier League appearances record with 414 from 2995 to 2022.

Vic Watson holds the West Ham record for career goals with 326 between 1920 and 1935. Geoff Hurst scored 252 goals from 1959 to 1972, while both John Dick and Jimmy Ruffell scored 166 times.

The single-season record for goals was set by Watson in 1929-30, when he scored 50 goals. Hurst came close to the record in both 1966-67 with 41 goals and 1965-66 with 40. John Hartson had the most goals in a Premier League season with 24 in 1997-98.

Looking at the West Ham United stats for transfers, the most they have paid is £45 million to Eintracht Frankfurt for Sebastien Haller in July 2019.

The most money they have received for a transfer is £25 million, paid by Marseille for Dimitri Payet in January 2017.

Heading into the 2022-23 Premier League season, West Ham United made some major additions that helped those who like West Ham United betting on the Premier League odds. They spent £30 million on Rennes center back Nayef Aguerd and £30 million for Sassuolo forward Gianluca Scamacca. Left winger Maxwel Cornet joined from Burnley for £17.5 million, midfielder Flynn Downes for £9.5 million from Swansea City, and goalkeeper Alphonse Areola from PSG for £8 million.

West Ham United had a few significant transfers out this summer that will impact their Premier League odds or West Ham United betting prospects. They sold Issa Diop to Fulham for £15 million and released Andriy Yarmolenko and Ryan Fredericks. Mark Noble, a longtime Hammers captain, retired.

The manager with the longest tenure at West Ham was Syd King from 1901 to 1932. King managed 638 games with 248 wins and 146 draws. His team was the FA Cup runners-up in 1923.

The manager with the most games under his belt was John Lyall from 1974 to 1989. Lyall managed a West Ham record of 708 games with a record 277 wins. He lifted the FA Cup in 1975 and 1980 while also leading West Ham to their highest finish in the First Division with a third-place finish in 1985-86. Lyall led West Ham to the final of the UEFA Cup and a League Cup runners-up.

Ron Greenwood managed the team for 613 games from 1961 to 1974, with 215 wins. He lifted the FA Cup in 1964 and the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1965.

Ted Fenton, Charlie Paynter, and Harry Redknapp all have more than 100 wins with West Ham. Fenton won the Second Division in 1957-58, while Redknapp lifted the Intertoto Cup and led West Ham to a fifth-place finish in the Premier League. Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew both earned promotion by winning the Championship playoffs.

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