Thames Iron Works FC was formed by employees of this famous shipbuilding company in 1895 and entered the FA Cup in their initial season at Chatham and the London League in their second.
The committee wanted to introduce professional players, so T.I.W.F.C. was wound up in June 1900 and relaunched a month later as West Ham United.
25.11.1936 West Ham beat a visiting Yugoslav team Gradjanski 1-0 at Upton Park and proceeded to hand over the entire gate money of £117 to their visitors to help fund the tour.
Dick Walker, defender at the club, served as a paratrooper in World War 2 & during the Arnhem landings carried a football with him.
Both survived & the actual ball is in the clubs museum.
The famous ’66 trio of Moore, Hurst ‘n Peters won a total of 224 three lions caps between ’em they played together as a trio in 37 of the games.
The two Hammer House of homes the club has had were, 1895 The Memorial Recreation Ground in Canning Town and from 1904 The Boleyn Ground also known as Upton Park.
Past managers include present incumbent Sam Allardyce, Avram Grant, Gianfranco Zola, Harry Redknapp, Billy Bonds & Ron Greenwood.
Infact they have only had fourteen managers all told since they started as Thames Iron Works.
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