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West Ham United

2016/17 is a big season in the history of West Ham Utd Football Club. This season will be the first in their new home - London Stadium, or more commonly known as the Olympic Stadium, in Stratford, London. West Ham United was founded in 1895 and had played their home games at the Boleyn Ground, which is more commonly called Upton Park, since 1904. The new stadium, which is about 5km from their old home, has a capacity of 60010.

The current manager is Slaven Bilic, who is from Croatia and was a successful Premier League player for Everton and West Ham! West Ham have two nicknames, 'The Irons' or 'The Hammers', both of these names are related to their original name which was 'Thames Ironworks FC'. On the club badge, you can see two hammers, which relate to the club's industrial past.

Dimitri Payet is West Ham's key player.

West Ham play in claret shirts with blue sleeves, white shorts, and claret socks. West Ham's colours are the same as Aston Villa's because in 1899, Bill Dove, the father of a West Ham United player, went to a fair in Birmingham. Bill Dove was a professional sprinter and was challenged to a race by four Aston Villa players. The Aston Villa players made a bet that they could beat Bill Dove, but in the end, they all lost and didn’t have the money to pay. The Aston Villa players gave Bill Dove a complete team’s football kits instead of payment and Bill gave these kits to his son.

West Ham have played in the Premier League for a total of 19 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. West Ham have won four major trophies in their history; they won the FA Cup in 1964, 1975 and 1980 and they won the European Cup Winners Cup in 1965, beating 1860 Munich in the final. That winning team included Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters, who would also win the World Cup with England the following year.

"Bobby Moore was my friend as well as the greatest defender I ever played against." - Pelé

Andre Ayew signed for West Ham for a club record fee.

In 2015/16, West Ham finished 7th in the Premier League after a great season under Bilic. For most of the season, The Hammers were in the top half, and at one point it looked like they might even finish in the Champions League places. In the end, they had to settle for 7th and a place in the Europa League. The Hammer’s top scorers were French international Dimitri Payet and Any Carroll, with 9 Premier League goals each. Payet had a huge impact on the team last season and was named in the Premier League team of the season. West Ham manager, Slaven Bilic, will hope that Payet has another great season and new signings like Ghanaian forward Andre Ayew, who has signed from Swansea City and Algerian winger Sofiane Feghouli who has signed from Valencia will have a big impact. Can the Hammers go higher than 7th in the Premier League this season?

Prediction 2016/17: 7th

Key player: Dimitri Payet

Did you know......?

In 1965, West Ham became only the second English team to win a European trophy, after Tottenham Hotspur (1963).

Learn about West Ham United

The following activities will help you learn about West Ham United football club. 

The first activity is a matching activity. If you're not sure of an answer, go back to the READ section.

Activity 1: In this activity, you have to match West Ham's manager, top scorer, stadium, stadium capacity, and club colours.
Can you match the facts and figures?

West Ham have a new home this season - the London Stadium.

The Hammers

This is West Ham's nickname.

Now you have looked at the facts and figures, it's time to go into detail. Can you answer some more detailed questions about the Hammers?

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Tell us why you love West Ham, tell us about your favourite West Ham player, tell us about a match that you have seen, tell us your prediction for West Ham matches.

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1teacher Mon, 16/06/2014 - 12:30

I am a West Ham fan because of my dad. I was born in 1966, the year England won the World Cup. Three of their best players (Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters) played for West Ham, so my father became a fan of that team, even though he has never been to London and doesn't speak any English at all!

He is an Espanyol fan at home, and I think both teams share a very strong local spirit and the underdog quality, usually struggling to avoid relegation but always ready to fight and give the big teams a bad day.

Curiously enough, the only West Ham game I have ever seen live (with my dad, of course) was last summer's City of Barcelona trophy in which they beat RCD Espanyol 0-1. It was a rather dull pre-season event, but I was positively surprised by some of Ravel Morrison's skills. He was the most talented player on the pitch.

I am very bad at predicitons, so I don't know whether they will have a more peaceful season next year. What I do know is that I'll try to bring my father to see a match at the Boleyn Ground before they make the move to the Olympic Stadium.

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SajidaXI Thu, 03/07/2014 - 19:45

No . i m not

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1teacher Mon, 01/09/2014 - 12:11

It's official: I've got two tickets for my dad and I to watch West Ham vs. Arsenal on December 28th!
I just can't wait to be there!!

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Rich Mon, 01/09/2014 - 14:27

Great news! Do you think you'll get to see a Hammers victory? It's a difficult one.
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jaymejunior10 Mon, 02/01/2017 - 00:50

Did you win the game ? How good was your experience watching your favorite team playing ?

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1teacher Thu, 04/09/2014 - 11:24

That's a good point, Rich. It's been two home defeats so far...

Actually my dad says I might have chosen a worse opponent, so we could have a better chance to see them win! However, I thought it was the best option because it's in the Christmas holidays (so I dont' have to take any days off work) and it's also a London derby.

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Dienekes92 Sun, 19/10/2014 - 10:39

Hi! Yes I'm a West Ham fan due to Green Street Hooligans film. In this film you can see the awesome supporters that have this team. Moreover, "the hammers" have an legendary history so was not a hard choice be fan to this magnificent team. Nowadays, my favourite player is the younger Leo Chambers cause he will be the hammer's future.

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1teacher Sat, 08/11/2014 - 11:34

Hi Dienekes92,
I just saw "Green Street". I didn't know it even existed, but I got hold of it because of your comment. I loved the language and the depiction of the (East) London atmosphere, but there's too much violence in it for me (and obviously for my students). It's a pity I can't show it in the classroom (maybe some bits), but I liked it anyway. Thank you!

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1teacher Tue, 30/12/2014 - 11:28

Just back from London after an undeserved 1-2 loss to Arsenal. A draw would have been a fair result, but the referee seemed to be pushing for the stronger team all the time. Great game though!
No wonder West Ham are leaving the Boleyn Ground. It's an uncomfortable dangerous matchbox.

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Rich Tue, 30/12/2014 - 14:17

Do you know why the Alex Song goal was disallowed? I know lots of West Ham fans that will be sad to leave the Boleyn Ground, but a match at the Olympic Stadium will be a great experience. Despite the result I bet you're happy with West Ham's season so far?

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1teacher Wed, 31/12/2014 - 07:57

When Alex Song shoots, there are two West Ham players off side. One of them (Sakho) spreads his legs to let the ball go through. He doesn't touch it but the referee considers that he is in the goalkeeper's line of sight (which is clearly not true when you see it). Most of the times the goal would have been conceded. On the other hand, the first time an Arsenal player falls in the area it's a penalty!

I think they are doing a great season when you consider the squad they have. Adrian is in impressive form, saving pretty much everything which is thrown at him, Carroll does a fantastic job as an attacking reference and the whole team shows a lot of determination. They had equalizing chances up to the very last second.

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1teacher Wed, 14/01/2015 - 17:39

Not only does he save, but he also scores!
Adrian's the man!!

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Rema Sun, 07/06/2015 - 20:10

I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles ;)

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Rema Sat, 08/08/2015 - 11:13

If my counting is right, I'm now on the top of the leaderboard. I chose this topic to win one point to conquered the top. Now, I'm the leader ;)

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admin Mon, 21/09/2015 - 11:58

Congratulations Rema - You are the 2014-2015 champion!

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Rema Mon, 21/09/2015 - 13:15

Thank you so much Jack ;)

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Rema Mon, 21/09/2015 - 11:46

I want to start this season from here, where is page about West Ham- the Giant Slayer.

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Abdallah Sat, 26/09/2015 - 14:10

They are goo team

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almirpereira Fri, 23/10/2015 - 03:19

HELLO,WE'RE HERE!!!!!

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Rema Fri, 23/10/2015 - 13:47

Regards to 1teacher and Dienekes92 and I would love to see them again to share comments with us.

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1teacher Tue, 03/11/2015 - 18:58

Hi Rema and all Hammers! Personal congratulations to you on winning last season's Premier Skills competition.
We should all be proud of the team's performance so far, but I don't think West Ham can keep up with the big ones in the long run. I hope to be wrong, though.
I saw that the Rugby World Cup 3rd/4th place match was played at the Olympic Stadium, and it had 'Newham' as a name. All this Oldham/Newham/East Ham/West Ham is a bit confusing...

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mkoriev Wed, 04/11/2015 - 19:03

Mr. Teacher I have just read your comments and liked them very much. It's amazing to support the team which isn't on the top. I can imagine how you love and respect your dad after your story. To be honest I'm not a West Ham Unt fan but I really appreciate their coach. He is one of my favorite coaches. Wish you all the best to you, to your family and of course to your club!

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1teacher Sat, 21/11/2015 - 15:41

Thank you! I am happy that you liked my family's story of West Ham fandom and really appreciate your comments and good wishes.

I had come to see Big Sam as an integral part of West Ham, but Bilic must get credit for keeping the spirit of the team and improving its attacking performance.

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Rema Wed, 04/11/2015 - 23:02

Hi 1 teacher- Thank you for the congratulations :) As you say we could be proud of the team's performance so far and we are already defeat four giants. Last week we were defeated at Vicarage Road and this was our first defeat after seven games. Ighalo was ruined us on that day with two goals. I hope that your prediction will not come true. You had that luck that you have been on the Boleyn Ground and also on the Olympic Stadium. Can you say us something about Olympic Stadium and about atmosphere on the Boleyn Ground (I found in one of yours previous comment that you say that's Boleyn Ground is uncomfortable dangerous matchbox). Cheers ;)

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1teacher Sat, 21/11/2015 - 15:36

Hi Rema! I haven't actually been to the Olympic Stadium yet. I just saw that a Rugby World Cup match took place there. However, once the Hammers have made the move, I'll start looking for a convenient event to watch live (and I hope my dad will be still willing to go with me).
Maybe it was a bit unkind of me to use those terms to refer to the Boleyn Ground, but it really is old and uncomfortable. It's the same with Chelsea's Stamford Bridge. I once went there to watch FC Barcelona and we got stuck for hours at the turnstiles.
It feels that these old stadiums could be dangerous in an emergency situation, but then, what do I know?

To be honest, the atmosphere in Upton Park at the game I attended wasn't as impressive as I had expected. They played "I'm forever blowing bubbles" at the start of the second half too, but hardly anybody sang along then. The Arsenal fans cheered and shouted more than the home crowd. There was the odd "Come on you irons" chant when the Hammers were trying to equalize. However, the fighting spirit on the pitch was there all the 95+ minutes of the game.

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Rema Mon, 23/11/2015 - 16:34

Hi teacher1- Thanks for responding. Can you imagine final of Champions league at the Olympic Stadium: West Ham- Barcelona ;)

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1teacher Mon, 23/11/2015 - 18:59

Hi Rema,
No, at the moment honestly I can't! Barcelona play otherworldly football right now. Last Saturday they crushed Real Madrid with an insulting ease. Just watch the game if you can get hold of it. It's a masterclass of how to play footie..

I would love Barcelona playing a Champions League final against anybody we hate (Real Madrid, any team coached by Mourinho...) at the London Olympic Stadium. Not against West Ham, though, as in that case I wouldn't know who to support.

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Rema Tue, 24/11/2015 - 19:57

Hi 1teacher- I know that this sounds really unrealistic, especially at this moment but if I predicted good for this match in the future you might make an exception and promise me that you will sing with other Hammers: I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles ;) That mean that you would support West Ham in that case ;)

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1teacher Fri, 27/11/2015 - 07:58

When (not 'if'!) your prediction comes true, Barcelona will have already won their 11th Champions league title, so yes, I'll blow lots of bubbles and definitely root for West Ham United then!

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Rema Fri, 27/11/2015 - 10:34

I'll take your word for it ;)

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Rema Fri, 27/11/2015 - 10:39

Maybe it's better that I said: i'll hold you to it?

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aragorn1986 Sun, 25/10/2015 - 00:39

'I'm forever blowing bubbles' is the song you hear when the players get on the pitch on Upton Park. Together with L'pool's 'Never walk alone' probably most recognizable songs. Such a great club,such passion hardly you can see in some other country. Magic lives in England for sure.. Bubbles everywhere...

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Rich Sun, 25/10/2015 - 19:43

There is actually a machine that blows bubbles onto the pitch at West Ham's home matches! I think that's great!

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MUGEMANYI Thu, 19/11/2015 - 17:43

I'm not the Hammer!

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MUGEMANYI Thu, 19/11/2015 - 17:45

This season I was surprised by their away victories

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nikosonris Tue, 24/11/2015 - 09:45

I am not a West Ham Utd fan (as you may see on my user pic) but I wish this team all the best now and when they move to the Olympic Stadium - probably a new winning era for the Hammers)

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aragorn1986 Mon, 07/12/2015 - 13:16

I'm not a West Ham fan but I must admit that the atmosphere on the Upton Park is absolutely unique when they start singing and the bubbles fly in the air..

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nikosonris Wed, 13/01/2016 - 07:09

What a massive win vs Bournemouth! After Tuesday's action, the table makes pleasant reading for your favourite team, Rema. Congratulations!

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Rema Wed, 13/01/2016 - 11:35

Thanks my friend :) What a spectacular second half and what a fantastic performance by our wizard Dimitri Payet ;)

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nikosonris Fri, 15/01/2016 - 07:42

I believe now you have this West Ham's magician in your fantasy team, don't you? :)

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aragorn1986 Mon, 18/01/2016 - 16:49

Next year when W.Ham moves to Olympic stadium it will be strange because Hammers have huge support on the Upton Park and it will be quite different on bigger stadium. I think that Arsenal is still facing with the same problem today. Emirates st. is huge but the atmosphere is not the same like it was on Highbury once. These are advantages and disadvantages at the same time.

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nikosonris Wed, 20/01/2016 - 15:29

A new addition to the West Ham's squad - Sam Byram moved from Leeds for an undisclosed fee. Rema, what do you think of this January signing?)

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Rema Wed, 20/01/2016 - 22:58

To be honest, I haven't watched him yet. But if we look on the fact that last month he picked up the Championship Player of the Month award after scoring three goals in December he can represent future of the club.

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nikosonris Fri, 22/01/2016 - 07:09

Would you like to have more new players signed for the Hammers' squad?)

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Rema Wed, 27/01/2016 - 13:35

@nikosonris One of my wishes had been Charlie Austin, but he signed for Southampton :( Mauro Zarate left us and joined Fiorentina(I wish him the best of luck, he had scored some spectacular goals for us) and I expect that we will bring one good striker. I have heard some rumors in relations with this players: Calum Wilson, Emenike,Yilmaz.

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nikosonris Wed, 03/02/2016 - 09:26

Congrats, Rema! Another splendid performance by the Hammers! You are just one point behind Man Utd. Which place do you think your team will finish this season?

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Rema Thu, 04/02/2016 - 19:39

Thanks my friend :) I hope that we can provide Champions League qualification ;) I have positive attitude, everything about club is great at the moment and also I expect that we can continue in the same pace. Maybe this is just a dream, but who knows ;)

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nikosonris Tue, 16/02/2016 - 08:23

Sorry @Rema, but I am not as optimistic as you, and I think it would be extremely hard for the Hammers to reach the Champions League qualification. But who know...maybe Dimitri "The Magician" Payet, "Fantastic" Bilic and his team can pull it off.

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nikosonris Tue, 23/02/2016 - 17:03

Congratulations! The Hammers have gone through to the final 8s in the FA Cup!)) Splendid performance!

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ivanvucko93 Mon, 29/02/2016 - 12:29

Hi, I am a West Ham fun for 3 reasons which are two of them little strange for some people. First I don't like clubs which have a lot of money and they can spent a lot of money and bring some famous players and then expect some big results over the night. Second reason and maybe the strangest is that I like kits and colorsof that club. And finally ,the third reason is because mennager of West Ham is Slaven Bilić ,and he is from my country Croatia. As you can see,my english grammar isn't very good but a try do best od myself and learning,and this web site is excellant for me because I love football and a must improve my english.

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