Brief History of West Ham United

September saw the beginning of the partnership between Jeton Wallet and West Ham United. The new 2020/2021 season is starting with Jeton as the Official E-Wallet partner of The Hammers.

But how much do you know about West Ham? The club has a long history in the English football which we’ll explain briefly in this post.

It was founded in 1895 as Thames Ironworks FC and reformed in 1900 as West Ham United.

In the early years the club played in London League, Southern League and Western League. In 1919, West Ham became a member of the Football League and participated in the second division the first season after the war. Four years later, the team was promoted to the first division. West Ham played their part on the historic occasion of the first FA Cup final to be held at Wembley Stadium on April 28, 1923. In the game, they would fall short to Bolton Wanderers.

In 1940 the team won the inaugural Football League War Cup. The club have won the FA Cup three times: in 1964, 1975 and 1980 as well as being runners-up twice, in 1923 and 2006. In 1965, they won the European Cup Winners Cup, and in 1999 they won the Intertoto Cup. The club’s best final league position is third place in the 1985–86 (old) First Division.

West Ham have played in the Premier League for a total of 21 seasons, they have been relegated twice, in 2002-03 and 2010-11, and promoted to the Premier League three times, in 1993, 2005 and 2012. The highest West Ham have ever finished in the Premier League was 5th place in 1998-1999 but they did finish 3rd in the league in 1985-86, which was their highest ever finish in the top division.

Three West Ham players were considered an important factor behind England’s triumph in the 1966 World Cup. England’s captain at the time was West Ham’s Bobby Moore, and both goal-scorers in the final were then current players Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters.

Olympic Stadium

In 2016, West Ham moved to the new Olympic Stadium after over hundred years at Boleyn Ground. The new stadium is almost twice the capacity of Boleyn Ground.

The black and white seating design from the Olympics was replaced with a white, blue and claret design. The new design includes West Ham’s name on the East Kop Stand and symbolic crossed hammers on all lower tier stands, and the retention of the 2012 shard design on the upper tier, albeit in new colouring to match the Stadium’s anchor tenant.

Work continued through 2016 to transform the stadium into a home for West Ham, with the club’s colours and giant model West Ham shirts added to the stadium concourse. A West Ham store and coffee shop was opened on 23 June. In February 2019, it was announced that the East Stand would be renamed in honour of Billy Bonds. In February 2020, West Ham announced planned alterations to the stadium introducing two new lower tier stands moving supporters closer to the pitch, many by more than four metres. In March 2020, West Ham, opened a Sensory room at the stadium for their fans.