- West Ham United F.C.
Football club infobox
clubname = West Ham United F.C.
current = West Ham United F.C. season 2008-09
fullname = West Ham United Football Club
nickname ="The Hammers","The Irons" "
The Academy of Football"
founded = 1895 as Thames Ironworks
ground = Boleyn Ground (Upton Park)
capacity = 35,647 [ http://www.bookiealerts.co.uk/team_profiles/west_ham_united_.html ]
chairman = flagicon|Iceland
Björgólfur Guðmundssoncite web
title = Magnússon steps down as West Ham chairman
18 September 2007
url = http://uk.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idUKL1883291920070918
accessdate = 2007-11-09 ]
Technical Director = flagicon|Italy
mgrtitle = Manager
manager = flagicon|ITA
season = 2007–08
position = Premier League,10th
The club was originally founded as
Thames Ironworks F.C.in 1895 and was later reformed, in 1905, as West Ham United. They initially competed in the Southern League and Western League before joining the full Football League in 1919 and enjoyed their first top flight season in 1923, also featuring in the first FA Cup Final to be held at Wembley that year against Bolton Wanderers. The club have won the FA Cupthree times: in 1964, 1975 and 1980. They have also been runners-up twice, in 1923 and most recently in 2006. In 1965, they won the European Cup Winners Cup (now defunct), and in 1999 they won the Intertoto Cup. They also won the inaugral Football League War Cupin 1940. The club's best final league position is third place in the 1985-86 (old) First Division. They currently compete in the Premier League, finishing in 10th position in the 2007-08 season. They are currently managed by Gianfranco Zola.
right|thumb|200px|Earliest_club_shot,_during_its_founding_year_as_Thames Ironworks in 1895.
:"See also "
Hammer of the Year
The following is a list of the "Hammer of the Year award" won by West Ham United players. [ [http://www.westham-supporters.co.uk/hammer/hammer.htm Hammer of the Year] ]
Club League highs and lows
West Ham United F.C. by season"
Forbes' list of the most valuable football clubs
West Ham United L.F.C., the affiliated women's team.
*cite book | author=Belton, Brian| title="BROWN OUT": The Biography of West Ham Chairmen, Terence Brown | publisher=Pennant Publishing Ltd| year=2007| id=ISBN 1-906015112
*cite book | author=Belton, Brian| title=West Ham United Miscellany| publisher=Pennant Books | year=2006| id=ISBN 0-9550394-4-4
*cite book | author=Blows, Kirk & Hogg, Tony| title=The Essential History of West Ham United | publisher=Headline | year=2000| id=ISBN 0-7472-7036-8
*cite book | author=Hellier, John & Leatherdale, Clive | title=West Ham United: The Elite Era - A Complete Record | publisher=Desert Island| year=2000| id=ISBN 1-874287-31-7
*cite book |last=Hogg |first=Tony |title=Who's Who of West Ham United |year=2005 |publisher=Profile Sports Media| id= ISBN 1-903135-50-8
*cite book | author=Kerrigan, Colm | title=Gatling Gun George Hilsdon |publisher=Football Lives |year=1997 | id=ISBN 0-9530718-0-4
*cite book | author=Nawrat, Chris & Hutchings, Steve | title = The Sunday Times Illustrated History of Football | publisher =Hamlyn| year=1996 |id=ISBN 1-85613-341-9
*cite book | author=Pickering, David | title = The Cassell Soccer Companion | Publisher= Cassell | year=1994 |id=ISBN 0-304-34231-9
*cite book | author=Redknapp, Harry With Derek McGovern| title=Harry Redknapp - My Autobiography | publisher=HarperCollins | year=1998| id=ISBN 0-00-218872-4
*cite book | author=Ward, Adam & Smith, Dave| title=The Official West Ham United Dream Team | publisher=Hamlyn| year=2003| id=ISBN 0-600-60835-2
* [http://www.whufc.com West Ham United FC Official Website]
* [http://www.premierleague.com/west-ham-united.html Premierleague.com - West Ham United]
*BBC Football Info|BBClinkname=w/west_ham_utd
* [http://www.kumb.com Knees Up Mother Brown (Fans Forum, Match Reports, Statistics, Articles)]
* [http://www.westhamonline.net Westhamonline (Fans Forum, Match Reports, Statistics, Articles)]
* [http://www.westhamutd-mad.co.uk Hammers Mad (Fans Forum, Match Reports, Statistics, Articles)]
* [http://www.lalamy.demon.co.uk/whulist.htm West Ham players, past and present]
* [http://www.theyflysohigh.piczo.com West Ham Memorabilia Collection - Claret & Blue Reference Source: Steve Marsh]
* [http://www.westhamacademy.piczo.com West Ham United Football Programmes - A Pictorial History: Steve Marsh and Stuart Allen]
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