About the club

Season 2008/09: 9th place

Nickname: The Hammers

Stadium: Boleyn Ground, London
Capacity: 35,303
Away end: Centenary Stand

Song they run out to: I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles

Top scorer 08/09: Carlton Cole (10 goals) 

Manager: Gianfranco Zola
Assistant Manager: Steve Clarke

Home kit: Claret and blue shirts, white shorts, white socks.

Away kit: Sky blue shirts with claret and white trim, sky blue shorts with claret trim, sky blue socks with claret band.

West Ham strip


  • Div Two: 1981, 1958
  • FA Cup: 1980, 1975, 1964

Did you know?
Goalkeeper Robert Green spent the summer in Africa raising money for African medical charity, AMREF.

More information:

West Ham Crest | Action Images/Lee Mills
The West Ham Crest with the hammers prominent

Sherringham | Action Images / Tony O'Brien Livepic
Teddy Sherringham in his prime

Goal! | Action Images / Alex Morton Livepic

Cole | Credit: Action Images / Henry Browne
Carlton Cole

Around and about West Ham

1. Where is West Ham?
West Ham is in a part of East London. ‘Ham’ used to mean ‘village’, and when the London suburbs of East Ham and West Ham were merged in 1965 to form a new borough, a new name was chosen. It was called Newham, meaning ‘new village’ . Now West Ham is located in the London borough of Newham.

2. Where is West Ham’s stadium?
Although West Ham has an underground station, the stadium is actually two kilometres away at Upton Park, which is served by its own station.

3. What are the origins of the club?

In 1895, Arnold Mills, the manager of an East London shipbuilding company, decided to start a football team for the shipbuilders. At the time, there were lots of other teams in West Ham, so they used the company name and became the Thames Ironworks team. It was only in 1900 that the  team became West Ham United.

4. What is the firm of Thames Ironworks known for?

Thames Ironworks built warships for the British navy, including the HMS Warrior in 1860. It was then the world’s largest warship. Foreign governments noticed this, and before long, Thames Ironworks was building warships for the Turkish, Russian and Portuguese navies. The firm later diversified and manufactured machinery and bridges.

5. Why do West Ham wear blue when they play at home?
The club’s founder, Arnold Mills, had played for Oxford University’s football team, who wear light blue. One story is that he wanted his team to wear the same colours, to remind him of the time when he was a young man.

6. Why are West Ham nicknamed the Hammers?

The club’s crest features two shipbuilding hammers. West Ham’s nickname is because of the club’s shipbuilding origins.

7. Do West Ham hold any Premier League records?

Here’s one. The oldest player ever to get a Premier League goal was West Ham’s Teddy Sherringham, who scored against Portsmouth in 2006 aged 40 years and 268 days.

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West Ham hired London design agency Springett Associates to replace the old crest with the one in use today. What criticism did many people have of the old crest?

  • The crest didn’t include a ship.
  • The club’s name had changed.
  • The castle did not have enough windows.
  • The castle was too similar to the castle at Disneyland.

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