The history of London Stadium has so far been mostly written by a sport other than football; athletics. It was originally constructed for the 21012 Olympic Games, before West Ham United moved into London Stadium in 2016.
A number of stadiums are used for other purposes too, these include arenas like the Etihad Stadium and more.
West Ham United
West Ham United were founded in 1895 as The Thames Ironworks team by the owner of the ironworks and the foreman. The amateur team enjoyed success before turning professional in 1898 and entering the Southern League Second Division. They won promotion at the first time of asking. In June 1900, the team was disbanded following growing disputes about the running and finances of the club. They were resurrected just one month later under new leadership and a new name; West-Ham United FC.
There have been a number of matches against West-Ham, including Manchester United matches. These have been held in all sorts of places including The Old Trafford Stadium.
The newly-formed team played in two leagues in 1901, the Southern Division One, and the West League (which they won). In 1904 they moved to the Boleyn Ground where they would stay for the next 112 years. They would gain entrance to the Football League Second Division in 1919 and were promoted to Division One four years later. 1923 also saw the infamous ‘White Horse’ FA Cup Final at Wembley, where an estimated 200,000 people tried to pack inside to watch the game. More about this game can be read here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1923_FA_Cup_Final
West Ham FC
The club were relegated in 1932 and would spend most of the next 30 years in the Second division. West Ham FC were promoted to the First Division in 1958 and won the FA Cup and the European Cup Winners Cup in 1962. It was during this period that England legends Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters played for the club. They won the FA Cup again in 1975 and reached the final of the European Cup Winners Cup the following year.
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The club were relegated in 1978 but won the FA Cup again in 1980. Following promotion in 1981, the team would be relegated again in 1989 and would bounce between Division One and Two until 1993 when they were promoted to the Premier League for the first time. In 1999 they won the Intertoto Cup but were relegated in 2003. They returned to the Premier League in 2005 only to be relegated again in 2011. They would only spend one season in the First Division before returning to the Premier League. In 2016, they left the Boleyn Ground for the last time and moved into the London Stadium.
How did West Ham get their Name?
How did they get their name? The name is both a nod to the club’s geographical location of West-Ham, Stratford, and the ironworkers that founded the club in 1895. The club crest has a pair of crossed rivet hammers to further emphasise this link.
The London Stadium was originally a purpose-built athletics venue for the London 2012 Olympic Games. It was known as the Olympic Stadium and held the track and field events as well as the opening and closing ceremonies. Construction began in 2008 and was completed in 2011 at a cost of £486 million. The 80,000 seater venue would not open until the following year, however. Once the Olympics and the Paralympics had taken place, a bidding process began for potential new tenants for the building. After much controversy, they were announced as the winning bidders and work began in earnest to convert the stadium.
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West Ham Stadium
The new West Ham Stadium needed a lot of modifications to change it from an athletics venue into a football stadium. This began in 2013 and would take almost three years and cost £274 million to do. They have a 99 year ground rent option on the stadium. Their first season in the London Stadium was marred by crowd trouble. This led the Police to enforce a 60,000 capacity rule on the stadium for the football games, but this can be extended to 79,900 for concerts.
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The Boleyn Ground is where much of West Ham’s history was written. The ground was located in Upton Park, East London and was sometimes referred to Upton Park rather than the Boleyn Ground. The Boleyn name comes from the Green Street House and grounds which they rented. Green Street House was known locally as Boleyn Castle due to a belief that Anne Boleyn once stayed there or owned the property. It opened in 1904 and they moved in the same year.
The record attendance was 42,322 in 1970, but by the time it closed, Boleyn Ground had a capacity of only 35,016.
The final game took place on the 10th May 2016. They had played 2,398 matches during their 112 years at the stadium. The land was sold to developers and will becoming a housing estate with a retail outlet park.
West Ham Fixtures
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West Ham Score
To find out the latest scores, or to go back through the archives for an old score so you can cheat on the pub quiz, visit; https://www.whoscored.com/Teams/29/Show/England-West-Ham
West Ham Tickets
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Where are West Ham in the Premier League Table?
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