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West Ham United F.C.

West Ham United F.C.
Football club information
Full nameWest Ham United Football Club
NicknameThe Hammers
The Irons
The Academy of Football
Founded1895, as Thames Ironworks
StadiumThe Boleyn Ground
(1904 ) (capacity : 35,533)
OwnerDavid Sullivan 30.6%
David Gold 30.6%
CB Holding Ltd. 35%
Minority Investors 3.8%
ManagerSam Allardyce
LeagueThe Championship
2010 11Premier League, 20th
Current season2011 12 West Ham United F.C. season

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West Ham United Football Club is an English professional football club based in Upton Park, Newham, East London. They play in The Football League Championship. The club was founded in 1895 as Thames Ironworks FC and reformed in 1900 as West Ham United. In 1904 the club relocated to their current Boleyn Ground stadium. They initially competed in the Southern League and Western League before eventually joining the full Football League in 1919 and subsequently enjoyed promotion to the top flight for the 1923 season. 1923 also saw the club feature in the first FA Cup Final to be held at Wembley against Bolton Wanderers.

In 1940 the team won the inaugural Football League War Cup. The club have won the FA Cup three times: in 1964, 1975 and 1980 as well as being runners-up twice, in 1923 and 2006. In 1965, they won the European Cup Winners Cup, and in 1999 they won the Intertoto Cup. The club's best final league position is third place in the 1985 86 (old) First Division.

Three West Ham players were considered an important factor behind England's triumph in the 1966 World Cup. England's captain at the time was West Ham's Bobby Moore, and both goalscorers in the final were then current players Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters.

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