Football Scarf in the colours of
West Ham United
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Nickname: The Hammers, The Irons
Ground: The Boleyn Ground (aka Upton Park)
- FA Cup Winners: 1964, 1975, 1980
- European Cup-Winners Cup Winners: 1965
- English Second Tier Champions: 1958, 1981
When English journalists created a list of the fifty greatest players to never win a league title, Upton Park provided more players than any other club. So is that because the Irons have produced so many great players down the years or simply because they have yet to win the league? Probably a bit of both.
The Hammers' place in football folklore comes from their Cup successes and the production line of sublime football talent that is The Academy of Football.
The club appeared in the famous White Horse Final in 1923 (the first FA Cup Final to be held at Wembley) in front of an estimated and chaotic crowd of 300,000 â€“ although the official figure was 125,000. They lost that day but have since won the FA Cup three times in 1964, 1975 and 1980; they also won the European Cup Winners Cup In 1965.
Of course Hammers supporters also claim credit for England's triumph in the 1966 World Cup Final. England's captain that day was of course the late and great Bobby Moore, and both goal-scorers in the final (Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters) also played for the club.
The Academy of Football? Well to Moore, Hurst and Peters add Billy Bonds, Sir Trevor Brooking, Alan Devonshire, Harry Redknapp, Paul Ince, Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick, Glen Johnson and Joe Cole. ITVâ€™s guide to the 2006 World Cup told us that "The biggest single contributor to the current England squad is not Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool or Chelsea, but the Upton Park Youth Academy."
As well as some pretty football youâ€™re likely to see quite a few â€œAâ€ listers in a claret-and-blue scarf when you pop down to E13. Hollywood stars Ray Winstone, Keira Knightley, Matt Damon and Monty Python funnyman John Cleese are all big fans.