Len Jarvis : West Ham United

Len Jarvis was born in Grays in 1884. He was working at a Grays cement works when a West Ham United scout saw him playing for a local football club. Syd King signed Jarvis in 1903.

Jarvis made his debut as a wing-half for West Ham United on 2nd April 1904. The team at the time included Tommy Allison, Matt Kingsley, James Bigden, Billy Bridgeman, Fred Griffiths, Charlie Satterthwaite, George Hilsdon and Herbert Lyon.

In 1905 Syd King signed George Kitchen from Everton. An outstanding goalkeeper he was considered to be one of the best in England. He joined a defence that included Jarvis, Tommy Allison, Frank Piercy and David Gardner.

At the start of the 1906-07 season was marred by a game against Millwall. The East Ham Echo reported: "From the very first kick it was seen that there was likely to be some trouble. All attempts at football were ignored." According to the report, Len Jarvis smashed Alf Dean against a metal advertising board. Dean was so badly injured he was unable to continue. The Stratford Express commented: "This caused a deal of feeling between the sides."

Len Jarvis was cautioned by the referee for his tackle on Alf Dean but a subsequent investigation by the Football Association resulted in the player being suspended for 14 days. The supporters were also criticised for the fighting that took place in the stands. West Ham was also forced to post warning notices about future behaviour at home matches.

After scoring 5 goals in 133 games Jarvis was transferred to Bury in 1909. Over the next three years he played 55 for his new club.

A-Z of West Ham United – N is for…

Few, if any, players in the history of West Ham United have found the net as regularly as Frank Neary.

The Aldershot-born centre forward scored an amazing 15 goals in just 17 appearances for the Hammers between February and September 1947, bagging one hat-trick and scoring twice in a match on no fewer than five occasions.

The aforementioned hat-trick came along on 15 March 1947 in a 3-2 home Division Two victory over West Bromwich Albion. Neary had joined the Hammers from Queens Park Rangers for £4,000 in January of the same year, replacing Joe Payne, who had departed for Millwall.

Frank Neary

Neary made an electric start to his career in claret and blue, scoring twice in 3-0 home wins over Newport County and Swansea Town before hitting his treble against the Baggies. The former Army PT instructor ended the 1946/47 campaign with 15 goals in 14 league starts.

After playing three times at the start of the following season, during which he failed to score, Neary departed for Division Three South club Leyton Orient for a fee of just £2,000. Rumours abounded of the reasons for his sudden exit, with one story that emerged following his death suggesting the forward had been allowed to leave after an on-field altercation with an opponent was spotted by Chairman WJ Cearns.

Whatever the truth of the matter, Neary departed, but the goals continued to flow - 44 in 78 league appearances for Leyton Orient, five in 19 for QPR and 50 in 123 games for Millwall. On dropping into the non-league ranks, he bagged 17 in the same number of matches for Gravesend before hanging up his boots in 1954.

New Zealand

West Ham United made the 11,500-mile journey to New Zealand for a two-match ‘Football United’ pre-season tour in July 2014.

Sam Allardyce’s squad flew from London to Auckland, training at the city’s North Harbour Stadium before taking on A-League side Wellington Phoenix at the iconic Eden Park - home of the All Blacks rugby union team.

Despite fielding a strong team featuring the likes of New Zealand national-team star Winston Reid, Kevin Nolan, Mohamed Diame, Carlton Cole and Matt Jarvis, Ernie Merrick’s side ran out 2-1 winners, with goals from Andrew Durante and Alejandro Gorrin rendering Mauro Zárate’s 25-yarder a mere consolation.

Three days later, the Irons took on another A-League opponent in Sydney FC at another stadium more regularly associated with rugby union than football – the Westpac Stadium in New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington.

There, two goals from Cory Gameiro and one from Alex Brosque condemned West Ham to another defeat, this time by three goals to one. The Hammers’ consolation was an own-goal scored by Nikola Petković.

Winston Reid celebrates his goal against Slovakia at the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals

It was not all doom and gloom, though, as supporters from across Australia, New Zealand and beyond turned out to cheer on and meet their heroes, including members of the famous All Blacks rugby union team.

Meanwhile, the squad also took the opportunity to visit the famous Weta Workshop and Park Road Post-Production film studios, where they met characters from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit and King Kong, as well as double Oscar-winning sound engineer Michael Hedges.

Reid is the only New Zealander to turn out in a first-team fixture for the Hammers. The defender was born in the Auckland suburb of North Shore before emigrating to Denmark as a boy and joining FC Midtjylland.

However, he represents the country of his birth in international football and made his name at the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa.

There, Reid helped the All Whites draw all three group-stage matches, scoring a last-minute equaliser to secure a 1-1 draw with Slovakia and a first-ever World Cup point for his nation.

For West Ham, Reid has made 222 first-team appearances, scoring ten goals, including the historic final goal in Boleyn Ground history against Manchester United in May 2016.


West Ham United have been represented by a number of Nigerian-born footballers during their 125-year existence.

The first was Ade Coker, who was born in Lagos in 1954 and moved to London at the age of eleven. A forward, Coker scored on his debut in a 3-0 First Division win at Crystal Palace in October 1971, aged just 17, and went on to net three times in eleven first-team appearances.

He later moved to the United States in 1974 (see North American Soccer League) and became a USA international.
Victor Obinna spent the 2010/11 season on loan at the Boleyn Ground from Inter Milan.

Victor Obinna assisted all four goals in the snow against Manchester United

The enigmatic forward scored just three Premier League goals in 25 appearances, including two in a 3-1 win at Blackpool, in February 2011, having netted a hat-trick in an FA Cup fourth-round win over Nottingham Forest at the Boleyn Ground the previous weekend.

Obinna had also supplied assists for all four goals in the memorable 4-0 League Cup fifth-round win over Manchester United in the east London snow in November 2010, before being sent-off in the semi-final first leg against Birmingham City!

Victor Moses was loaned to West Ham by Chelsea for the 2015/16 season and highlighted his year-long stay in east London with a rasping strike in the 2-1 Premier League win at Manchester City in September 2015.

Moses’ international teammate Emmanuel Emenike also spent the 2015/16 season on loan with the Irons, from Turkish club Fenerbahçe. The striker failed to score in 13 Premier League appearances, but did manage a brace in the 5-1 FA Cup fifth-round win at Blackburn Rovers in February 2016.

While he was not born in Nigeria himself, current defender Angelo Ogbonna was raised in Italy by Nigerian parents, while former striker Carlton Cole has Nigerian heritage, as does current Academy goalkeeper Daniel Jinadu.

North American Soccer League

The star-studded North American Soccer League (NASL) was launched in December 1967 and last for 18 seasons before folding in March 1985.

For much of its existence, the NASL was headed by former West Ham United forward Phil Woosnam, who had emigrated to the United States in 1966, becoming head coach of the United States national team in 1968.

Welshman Woosnam became NASL Commissioner in 1969 and is credited as an important figure in the development of the league in the 1970s, when it attracted a succession of the world’s leading players, including Pelé, Eusébio, Franz Beckenbauer, Johan Cruyff, Carlos Alberto, George Best, Gerd Muller, Ruud Krol, Johan Neeskens, Rob Rensenbrink, Gordon Banks and Woosnam’s former Hammers teammates Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Harry Redknapp.

Hurst made 23 appearances for the Seattle Sounders during the 1976 NASL season, while Moore represented the same club seven times during the 1978 NASL campaign. England’s 1966 FIFA World Cup-winning captain had earlier turned out for the San Antonio Thunder in 1976. Redknapp also turned out for the Sounders from 1977 to 1979.

Former Hammer Phil Woosnam served as NASL Commissioner for much of its existence

A fourth former Hammer, forward Ade Coker, moved to the NASL in 1974, when he joined the Boston Minutemen, initially on loan.

The Nigeria-born Coker went on to play for the Minnesota Kicks, San Diego Sockers and Rochester Lancers, while also featuring for the New York Arrows, Baltimore Blast and St. Louis Steamers indoor football clubs.

Coker was capped five times by the United States in 1984, scoring three goals against Netherlands Antilles and Colombia.
A fifth ex-West Ham player, Academy of Football graduate Clive Charles, joined Montreal Olympique in 1971, again initially on loan, before returning in 1978 to spent three seasons with the Portland Timbers.

Defender Charles remained in the United States after retiring as a player, coaching a high school team in Troutdale, Oregon before taking on the same role at the University of Portland.

Charles coached the national Under-20 women’s team between 1993-95, the men’s U23 side between 1996-2000 and served as assistant to men’s senior national team head coach Steve Sampson between 1995-98. He also worked as a commentator for broadcaster ESPN during the 1994 FIFA World Cup, which was hosted by the US.

Sadly, Charles passed away in 2003, three years after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

And, last but not least, Bermuda-born centre-forward Clyde Best is another who spent the latter part of his career in America.
Best, who joined the Hammers in 1968, aged 17, and scored 58 goals in 218 appearances in Claret and Blue, moved to the Tampa Bay Rowdies in 1975.

He then scored 38 NASL goals for Portland Timbers, briefly returning to Europe with Dutch club Feyenoord on loan, before seeing out his career with Toronto Blizzard and indoor clubs Cleveland Force and Los Angeles Lazers. Best remained in the States, where he coached San Diego Sockers in the early 1990s, before returning to Bermuda.

9 reasons why everyone hates. West Ham

Please note: This is the last in our series featuring several other Premier League teams getting the return treatment, so no, we aren't just picking on you. Oh, and the below doesn't necessarily represent the views of FourFourTwo. Over to Paul.

In the process of putting together this list, I took a moment to reflect and ask myself the question: do I actually hate West Ham?

I mean, sure, they’re literally taking money out of my pocket to pay for their appalling stadium, there's the bubbles, and supporters that dress like low-rent Jacamo brand caricatures from The Only Way Is Essex (only with even more unintelligible accents). Oh, and the oft-repeated &lsquoalternative fact’ that West Ham are the only club in the Football League’s 129-year history to actually win the World Cup. (Fake news! Sad!)

But hate is a strong word, usually reserved only for Tottenham and the feeling of arriving at Fulham Broadway on matchday having left your wallet back at the pub. No, West Ham are too ridiculous to hate. To hate them is to hate comedy. Of all the 92 clubs in the league, West Ham are by far and away the most hilarious. From jellied eels to Russell Brand, from the West Ham Way to the tragedy of their supporters, they're a feast of Gold TV brand comedy reruns to be cherished.

So no, I don’t hate West Ham, but here are seven reasons why I’ll probably die laughing at them one day.

Has anyone ever looked more ridiculous at a football match than Sullivan? Apart from that pirate fella at Arsenal, probably not.

Just look at David Sulivan, the man who dresses like a Tsarist gnome (a piece of merchandise surprisingly lacking from the Poundland cave of wonders that is the club’s megastore). Has anyone ever looked more ridiculous at a football match? Apart from that pirate fella at Arsenal, probably not.

David Gold, meanwhile, looks like a man who's been through some heavy stuff, although over 30 years with Thurston Bois’ pocket-sized Stalin will probably do that to you, in fairness. No doubt haunted by the ghost of Sam Allardyce, Gold probably spends his days staring wistfully at a picture of Jermain Defoe surrounded by copies of his own autobiography, Pure Gold.

They're the kind of East End double act that make Del Boy and Rodney look like Einstein and Newton, and they're in charge of an actual football club. Sullivan and Gold accumulated their considerable wealth by flogging purple dildos in Soho, which in a fantastic twist of irony is what they’re basically watching flail around the middle of park every Saturday.

They can often be found donning a flat cap, too, presumably handed to them by the club in a desperate attempt to make them look like an ordinary fan

Russell Brand. James Cordon. Ray Winstone. Steve Harris. Danny Dyer. Phil Jupitus. No, you haven’t stumbled onto a Celebrity Come Dine With Me in the seventh circle of hell. These are just a few of the famous faces that have a hammer-shaped hole in their heart.

The mere fact they support West Ham wouldn't be so bad if their other supporters didn't go on about it every time one of them turns up at a game, wearing a grimaced expression which roughly translates as "I hope one of these unwashed louts doesn't touch me or my expensive jacket". They can often be found donning a flat cap, too, presumably handed to them by the club in a desperate attempt to make them look like an ordinary fan.

Perhaps dining out on a famous follower is something to hold onto in place of, oh, I don't know. AN ACTUAL TROPHY OR SOMETHING.

So good they signed him twice.

Sam Allardyce’s more agricultural style brought promotion via a big day out at Wembley, consolidation in the Premier League and some memorable wins against their rivals

The West Ham Way: the mythical, elusive spirit and style of play that Football Men will tell you involves getting the ball on the deck and playing it out from the back. Which is fine, if your team is actually competent when it comes to playing football.

As it is, West Ham’s most successful period in recent years saw them employing Sam Allardyce’s more agricultural style, which brought promotion via a big day out at Wembley, consolidation in the Premier League and some memorable wins against their rivals.

You'd think that would be enough to stop the whinging, but no: Big Sam got the axe, with his refusal to play the West Ham Way heavily cited. Not cited was the fact that the club had a midfield of David Bentley, Matt Jarvis and a 48-year-old Yossi Benayoun.

In place of jellied eels and pie and mash, you can now tuck into some proper East End. er, popcorn and ice cream

The wheeling and dealing that led to the taxpayer taking up a role of dole officer and handing the Olympic Stadium to West Ham for virtually nothing was a total farce. Yet let's leave that to one side for now.

The Boleyn Ground (never referred to as the Boleyn Ground until the day they left) was a place steeped in the local community, the club's history, and the culture of the place it inhabited. It brought trade to local businesses and was home to the (very few) great moments in West Ham's history. Yet they threw it all away for the London Stadium (yes, they named it the London Stadium). Why not just bolt it onto one of those package ticket deals, with trips to the London Eye and Madame Tussauds while they're at it?

In place of jellied eels and pie and mash, you can now tuck into some proper East End. er, popcorn and ice cream. Can you envisage a sadder site than a 40-year-old man in a Di Canio shirt and Lonsdale trainers gorging on this smorgasbord of Americanisation and consumerism? The London Stadium, surrounded by shopping malls and miles away from the club’s spiritual home, is little more than a monument to football’s excess and detachment from reality.

I lied &ndash I hate one thing about West Ham. Presented without comment. You get it.

No, fear not, the hypocricy of telling lead-for-brains Apprentice candidates that their £3.99 sweets on Brighton beach are overpriced isn't lost on us all. West Ham are charging their supporters a minimum of £50 to watch a relatively meaningless game against Chelsea in early March, rising to £80 for their '1966' seats (of course!). This, for a team that haven't finished in the Premier League's top six since 1999.

Then there was January's Dimitri Payet fiasco. Sell him? God no, said Slaven Bilic. And David Sullivan. And Brady. The Hammers did, obviously &ndash and duly offered hacked-off fans with personalised replica shirts the chance to get a replacement. For £25.

8. Forgetting they're West Ham

The east Londoners' attempts to woo players embarrassingly out of their league are often like watching a tanked-up moron try to cop off with a Miss World, and almost inevitably end up with them going home accompanied by a curb-crawler they've paid way over the odds for instead.

Just consider the inevitability of them paying Liverpool £20m for Daniel Sturridge in the summer

In recent times the Hammers have been liked (however loosely) with the likes of James Rodriguez, Gonzalo Higuain, Mario Madzukic and Alexandre Lacazette, while their January efforts to land Defoe, Scott Hogan, Moussa Dembele and Robert Snodgrass (initial bid: £3m) were painful and largely unsuccessful.

The Hammers' hilarious efforts to buy a successful striker have been going on since 2010 in the intervening years they've spent millions on the likes of Benni McCarthy, Modibo Maiga, Enner Valencia, Nikica Jelavic and Mauro Zarate, and in the summer chucked £5m at Juventus to take the hapless Simone Zaza on loan with a clause that would have forced them to pay £17m if he played only 14 games.

Just consider the inevitability of them paying Liverpool £20m for Daniel Sturridge in the summer (and, subsequently, putting him on a £90k-per-week contract).


Orígens: el Thames Ironworks F.C. Modifica

Els orígens del West Ham United són al club Thames Ironworks F.C., fundat l'any 1895 per l'àrbitre Dave Taylor i Arnold Hills (propietari de l'empresa Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. [1] i es va anunciar al diari Tames Ironworks Gazzete del Juny de 1895.

L'equip jugava en l'amateurisme des de 1895 com a mínim, amb un equip compost de treballadors incloent Thomas Freeman (bomber de vaixells), Walter Parks (treballador), Tom Mundy, Walter Tranter i James Lindsay (calderers), William Chapman, George Sage, i William Chamberlain i l'aprenent de reblador Charlie Dove. [1]

El club, Thames Ironworks F.C. [3] van ser els primers guanyadors de la West Ham Charity Cup l'any 1895 disputada per clubs de la localitat, i l'any 1897 va guanyar la London League. L'any 1898 el club va esdevenir professional i va entrar a competir a la Segona Divisió de la Southern Football League. La primera temporada van aconseguir l'ascens a primera divisió. [4] L'any següent van quedar penúltims, però havien aconseguit formar un equip competitiu, i van aconseguir la permanència superant a la promoció de descens el Fulham FC per 5-1 a l'abril de 1900. [4]

Inicialment, l'equip jugava amb una equipació tota de color blau fosc, com volia el propietari de l'empresa Mr. Hills, seguint els colors de la Universitat d'Oxford (on havia estudiat), però l'any següent es van canviar els colors per samarretes blau cel i pantaló blanc que van dur des de l'any 1897 fins al 1899. L'any 1899 van començar a jugar amb els colors actuals: samarreta bordeus amb mànigues blau cel, com els jugadors de l'Aston Villa FC, que havien guanyat la lliga en aquell moment.

Degut a disputes en la gestió i el finançament del club, el Thames Ironworks F.C. es va dissoldre el juny de l'any 1900, [3] però quasi immediatament va ressorgir el 5 de juliol de l'any 1900 amb el nom de West Ham United F.C. amb Syd King [3] com a entrenador i el futur entrenador Charlie Paynter com el seu assistent. Degut a les arrels com a "club de treballadors" (encara representat a l'escut del club), encara són coneguts pels aficionats i els mitjans de comunicació com the Irons ("els Ferros") o the Hammers ("els Martells"). [3] [5] [6]

El naixement del West Ham United Modifica

El renascut club va continuar jugant els seus partits al Memorial Ground a Plaistow (finançat per Arnold Hills), però es va traslladar en un camp de l'àrea d'Upton Park quan l'equip va trencar la relació amb l'empresa. Després de quedar-se sense camp l'any 1901, l'equip jugava els seus partits com a local en camps d'altres equips de la seva zona fins que es va traslladar a Upton Park (al lloc on ara hi ha l'estadi de Boleyn Ground), l'any 1904.

El primer partit del West Ham al seu nou camp va ser contra el seu gran rival, el Millwall FC [3] (també són un equip sorgit d'un grup de treballadors de fosa de ferro, però d'una empresa rival), atraient una multitud de 10.000 persones i acabant amb la victòria per 3-0 del West Ham, [7] com va escriure el Daily Mirror el 2 de setembre de 1904:

« "Afavorits pel bon clima després dels grans xàfecs del matí, el West Ham United va començar la seva temporada amb bons presagis ahir al vespre quan van derrotar el Millwall per 3 gols a 0 en el seu nou camp a Upton Park." »

La temporada 1901, el West Ham va competir a la Western League [8] a més de continuar jugant a la primera divisió de la Southern League. L'any 1907 el West Ham es va coronar campió de la Divisió 1B de la Western League, i va derrotar el campió de la 1A, el Fulham, per 1-0, esdevenint el campió general de les Western Leagues. [8]

L'any 1919, encara sota el lideratge del Rei, el West Ham va entrar a competir a la Segona Divisió de la Football League. El primer partit que va jugar va acabar amb empat a 1 contra el Lincoln City F.C., i van ascendir a la Primera Divisió l'any 1923, arribant a la primera final de la FA Cup que es va celebrar a l'estadi de Wembley. L'oponent era el Bolton Wanderers F.C.. Aquesta final també es coneix amb la final del cavall blanc (The White Horse Final), ja que van assistir tantes persones al partit (es creu que unes 200.000), que van caure al camp. El camp va haver de buidar-se per en Billie, un gran cavall blanc (en realitat, gris) muntat pel policia George Scorey. La final de la copa va acabar amb un 2-0 favorable al Bolton Wanderers. L'equip va aconseguir un èxit limitat a la Primera Divisió però van aconseguir mantenir-se a la categoria durant 10 anys i van arribar a la semifinal de la FA Cup l'any 1927.

L'any 1932 el club va descendir a la Segona Divisió i Alex Bennett va ser acomiadat després de fer d'entrenador de l'equip durant 32 anys, i haver estat jugador des de 1899 fins a 1903. Va ser substituït pel seu entrenador assistent Charlie Paynter que havia exercit diferents funcions al West Ham des de 1897 i va ser l'entrenador de 480 partits, fins a l'any 1950.

El club va passar molts dels següents 30 anys en aquesta divisió, primer amb Paynter com a entrenador, que va ser substituït per l'antic jugador Ted Fenton. Fenton va aconseguir ascendir l'equip al màxim nivell del futbol anglès l'any 1958 i va ajudar en el desenvolupament de la fornada inicial de les futures estrelles del West Ham.

Els anys de glòria Modifica

Ron Greenwood va substituir a Fenton com a entrenador l'any 1961 i ben aviat va obtenir dos trofeus importants per al club: la Copa anglesa de futbol el 1964 i la Recopa d'Europa de futbol el 1965.

Durant la Copa del Món de futbol de 1966, els jugadors clau de la selecció anglesa de futbol, que fou campiona, van ser jugadors del West Ham, incloent-hi el capità, Bobby Moore Martin Peters (que va marcar a la final) i Geoff Hurst, que va marcar el primer i únic hat-trick en una final de la Copa del Món.

Hi ha una estàtua dels "campions" a Barking Road, al davant de The Boleyn Arms, commemorant els tres jugadors del West Ham que van ajudar a guanyar la Copa del Món de 1966: Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst i Martin Peters. A més, a l'estàtua s'hi pot trobar el jugador de l'Everton Ray Wilson.

Després d'un començament difícil la temporada 1974-75, Greenwood va esdevenir General Manager i sense informar la directiva, va posar el seu assistent John Lyall com a entrenador. El resultat va ser un èxit: l'equip va marcar 20 gols en total en els primers quatre partits, i va guanyar la Copa anglesa de futbol, derrotant el Fulham per 2 a 0 a la final de 1975.

Lyall després va aconseguir dur el West Ham a una altra final de la Recopa d'Europa de futbol l'any 1976, però l'equip va perdre el partit per 4 a 2 davant l'RSC Anderlecht. La trajectòria de Greenwood com a General Manager va durar menys de tres anys, ja que després va estar fitxat per dirigir Anglaterra després de la dimissió de Don Revie l'any 1977.

Amunt i avall Modifica

El 1978, el West Ham va tornar a baixar a la Segona Divisió, però Lyall va mantenir-se com a entrenador, aconseguint guanyar la Copa anglesa de futbol de 1980 contra l'Arsenal. Aquest fet és notable, ja que fou l'última vegada que un equip fora de la màxima divisió va guanyar aquest trofeu. L'any 1981 el West Ham va ascendir a la primera divisió, i va acabar entre els deu millors classificats d'aquesta divisió en els següents tres anys abans d'aconseguir un tercer lloc l'any 1985/86, el seu rècord històric. No obstant això, el 1989 l'equip torna a descendir i això va provocar la destitució de John Lyall.

Després de Lyall, Lou Macari va dirigir l'equip breument, ja que va dimitir després de menys d'una temporada completa amb l'objectiu de defensar-se de les acusacions d'apostes il·legals mentre era l'entrenador del Swindon Town. Va ser substituït per l'exjugador Billy Bonds. En la primera temporada completa de Bonds com a entrenador (1990-91), el West Ham va aconseguir promocionar a la Primera Divisió, però en la següent temporada van tornar a descendir a la reanomenada Primera Divisió degut a les reestructuracions de les competicions angleses després de la creació de la Premier League l'any 1992. El West Ham va acabar segon en la Primera Divisió i va ascendir a la Premier el maig de 1993.

Després de la temporada 1993-94, Bonds va deixar l'equip i va ser substituït per Harry Redknapp l'agost de 1994. Redknapp va aconseguir un cinquè lloc la temporada 1998-99, però no va aconseguir la classificació directa per la Copa de la UEFA, que sí que va aconseguir després de guanyar la Copa Intertoto. Malgrat consolidar aquestes posicions en la lliga durant un cert temps, desavinences amb la directiva del club durant la temporada 2000-01 van provocar que Redknapp fos substituït per Glenn Roeder, ascendit després d'entrenar el filial.

En la primera temporada de Roeder l'equip va quedar setè, però va perdre alguns partits de forma estrepitosa (7-1 contra el Blackburn, 5-0 contra l'Everton FC i 5-1 contra el Chelsea FC). La següent temporada va començar malament i va acabar amb el descens de l'equip. Els 42 punts que va aconseguir el West Ham aquella temporada és la marca més alta registrada per un equip que ha descendit de la Premier en 38 partits. Roeder, que s'havia perdut part de la temporada després de ser diagnosticat amb un tumor cerebral (pel qual va sotmetre's a tractament), va ser acomiadat el 24 d'agost de 2003.

Trevor Brooking (que va ser entrenador durant la malaltia de Glenn la temporada anterior) va convertir-se en entrenador interí abans de ser substituït per Alan Pardew l'octubre de 2003, provinent del Reading FC.

Pardew va aconseguir classificar l'equip per a les eliminatòries de promoció d'ascens, que van perdre davant del Crystal Palace FC. La següent temporada van tornar a arribar a les eliminatòries, però aconseguint superar-les en guanyar el Preston North End FC per 1-0, obtenint l'ascens a la Premier League.

Temporades recents Modifica

Novament a la Premier League, l'equip acabà en novena posició. [9] El punt àlgid de la temporada 2005-06, però, va ser la classificació per a la final de la FA Cup, on s'enfrontaren amb el Liverpool FC, que partia com a clar favorit després que el partit acabés amb empat a tres gols, el títol s'hagué de decidir amb una tanda de penals, on la sort afavorí l'equip "red". Tanmateix, com que el Liverpool ja estava classificat per a la Champions League, el West Ham pogué participar en la Copa de la UEFA.

L'agost del 2006 el West Ham va sorprendre tothom fitxant Carlos Tévez i Javier Mascherano. [10] l'últim dia del "Mercat d'Estiu". Un consorci islandès encapçalat per Eggert Magnússon adquirí el club el mes de novembre. [11] L'entrenador Alan Pardew va ser substituït pels mals resultats durant la temporada [12] Alan Curbishley, antic manager del Charlton, ocupà el seu lloc. [13]

Els fitxatges de Tévez i Mascherano van ser investigats per la Premier League, que sospitava que alguns dels seus detalls no havien quedat reflectits oficialment. La Justícia declarà el club culpable i el condemnà a pagar 5.5 milions de lliures l'abril del 2007. [14] El West Ham, però, no va rebre cap reducció de punts, que hauria estat crítica de cara a la seva ofensiva per mantenir la categoria. Com a resposta, el president del Wigan Athletic (Dave Whelan), amb el suport d'altres clubs amenaçats pel descens -entre ells, el Fulham i el Sheffield United- amenaçà d'emprendre accions legals. [15]

El West Ham evità el descens gràcies a una ratxa de set victòries en els últims nou partits, com un 1–0 contra l'Arsenal, i acabà la temporada en quinzena posició després d'un altre 1-0 (marcat per Tévez) a la darrera jornada contra el Manchester United FC, que s'acabava de coronar campió.

A la temporada següent el West Ham es va poder mantenir a la meitat superior de la classificació, malgrat una plaga de lesions els nous fitxatges (Craig Bellamy i Kieron Dyer) amb prou feines van poder jugar. En l'últim partit, al seu propi estadi, el West Ham empatà a 2 contra l'Aston Villa FC així l'equip s'assegurà la desena posició, amb tres punts més que els seus rivals de Londres, el Tottenham Hotspur FC, millorant en cinc posicions la seva classificació anterior i sense problemes seriosos per mantenir la categoria.

Després d'una discussió amb la presidència per la venda dels defenses Anton Ferdinand i George McCartney al Sunderland, l'entrenador Alan Curbishley dimití el 3 de setembre del 2008. El seu successor va ser l'exdavanter del Chelsea Gianfranco Zola. Zola es va fer càrrec de l'equip vuit dies després i es convertí en el primer entrenador no britànic del club. [16] El West Ham acabà la temporada en novena posició, un lloc més amunt que en l'anterior.

L'equip començà bé la temporada 2009–10 amb una victòria per 2 a 0 contra els Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C., acabats d'ascendir de categoria els gols van ser obra de Mark Noble i del nou capità, Matthew Upson. Un partit de la League Cup contra els seus grans rivals, el Millwall, provocà greus incidents fora del camp, a més d'invasions del terreny de joc i enfrontaments a les graderies de l'Upton Park. [17] [18] L'agost del 2009, per problemes financers, els propietaris islandesos no van poder fer més inversions en l'equip, tot esperant trobar un nou propietari. Els patrocinadors de les samarretes, SBOBET, ajudaren el club a fitxar urgentment un nou davanter, Alessandro Diamanti. [19]

La temporada del West Ham va ser discreta i fins i tot van estar a punt de descendir. Finalment asseguraren la permanència a dues jornades del final derrotant el Wigan Athletic per 3 a 2. El club només aconseguí 35 punts en 38 jornades és a dir, 7 punts menys que en el seu anterior descens, set anys enrere.

L'onze de maig del 2010, dos dies abans del final de la temporada, el West Ham anuncià la recissió del contracte de Zola amb efectes immediats. [20] El tres de juny Avram Grant signà un contracte per a quatre temporades com a entrenador del West Ham, amb permís de treball. [21] Els mals resultats continuaren acompanyant l'equip, que continuava ancorat a la zona de descens, [22] i deixaven en suspens el futur de Grant a la banqueta. [23] Una victòria per 4 a 0 als quarts de final de la League Cup contra el Manchester United FC va ser l'única nota positiva d'una temporada decebedora. [24] Però el seu baix rendiment a la Premier League no afectà a la trajectòria en les competicions de Copa: Els "Hammers" arribaren a les semifinals de la League Cup (on van ser eliminats pels futurs campions, el Birmingham City FC) i als quarts de final de la FA cup abans de perdre per 2 a 1 contra el Stoke City FC.

El 15 de maig del 2011 es consumà el descens del West Ham a la segona divisió de la lliga anglesa després de perdre per 3 a 2 contra el Wigan Athletic FC al DW Stadium. El West Ham guanyava per 0 a 2 al descans gràcies a un doblet de Demba Ba, però el Wigan remuntà i guanyà gràcies a un gol de Charles N'Zogbia al temps afegit. Després de la derrota el West Ham anuncià l'acomiadament de l'entrenador Avram Grant després de la seva primera temporada. [25] L'u de juny Sam Allardyce va ser nomenat com a substitut de Grant. [26]

L'equip acabà la temporada 2011-12 del Football League Championship en tercera posició amb 86 punts i participà en les eliminatòries d'ascens. Van superar el Cardiff City FC a les semifinals per un total de 5–0 i es classificaren per a la final contra el Blackpool a Wembley el 19 de maig del 2012. Carlton Cole marcà el primer gol i, tot i que el Blackpool va empatar al principi de la segona part, Ricardo Vaz Tê marcà el gol de la victòria per al West Ham en el minut 87 del partit. [27]

De cara al seu retorn a la Premier League, el West Ham va signar antics jugadors (James Collins i George McCartney), feu un fitxatge estrella (Matt Jarvis) i va rebre la cessió d'Andy Carroll. [28] [29] [30] [31] Van guanyar el primer partit de la temporada (el 18 d'agost del 2012) per 1 a 0 contra l'Aston Villa FC gràcies a un gol de Kevin Nolan. [32]

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Shrnutí Editovat

Klub byl založen roku 1895, o rok později se připojil k London League a v sezóně 1897/98 ji vyhrál ještě pod názvem Thames Iron Works. V roce 1900 se z Thames Iron Works přejmenoval na West Ham United. Svoje první představení v ligové soutěži se odehrálo v roce 1919. O 4 roky později (1923), kdy klub postoupil do nejvyšší soutěže se dostal také do finále FA Cupu ve Wembley. Po dlouhé době se klub připomněl vítězstvím FA Cupu v roce 1964 a o rok později vítězstvím v evropské soutěži Pohár vítězů pohárů. Další triumf v FA Cupu přišel v roce 1975.

Těžké období přišlo v roce 1978, kdy tým neminul pád do Second Division. V roce 1980 se klub stále topil ve druhé lize, ale Anglii šokoval výhrou ve finále FA Cupu proti Arsenalu poměrem 1:0. Klub se stále nořil ve druhé lize, ale vzestup se konal v roce 1993, kdy West Ham United postoupil do nejvyšší soutěže s názvem Premier League. To trvalo 10 let, když klub opět sestoupil. Rok 2005 se pro Kladiváře odvíjel dobře a v play-off Championship klub vybojoval výhru nad Prestonem 1:0 brankou Bobbyho Zamory.

1901-1961 Editovat

West Ham United vstoupil do Western League v sezóně 1901 [1] a působil v Southern Division 1. V roce 1907 byl West Ham korunován za šampiona divize Western League 1B, následně porazil šampiona 1A Fulham 1:0, čímž se staly celkovým šampiónem celé Western League. [1] Klub nadále hrával své zápasy na Memorial Grounds v Plaistow (financovaném Arnold Hills), ale v roce 1904 se přestěhoval na hřiště v oblasti Upton Park. První zápas West Hamu v jejich novém domově byl proti velkým rivalem Millwall FC, který přilákal desetitisícový dav. West Ham tento zápas vyhráli 3:0. [2]

V roce 1919 West Ham získali vstup do Football League Second Division, když jejich první zápas s Lincoln City skončil remízou 1:1. V roce 1923 postoupily do Division One, čímž se dostal i na vůbec první FA Cup. Finále se konalo na starém stadionu ve Wembley. Jejich oponenty byli Bolton Wanderers. Na zápas přišlo podívat odhadem 200 000 lidí a jeho výsledek byl 2:0 ve prospěch Boltonu. Tým zaznamenával v Division One smíšené úspěchy, ale svůj status si udržel deset let. Dalším úspěchem bylo semifinále FA Cupu, kde se tým dostal v roce 1933. [3]

V roce 1932 sestoupil West Ham do Division Two [4] a dlouholetý člen Syd King byl po 32 letech působení v klubu (jako manažer i a jako hráč v letech 1899 až 1903) odvolán. Po vypadnutí měl King psychické problémy. Na zasedání správní rady se objevil opilý a krátce poté spáchal sebevraždu. [5] Na jeho místo nastoupil jeho asistent manažera Charlie Paynter, který sám působil ve West Hamu na několika postech od roku 1897 a který v této funkci zůstal až do roku 1950 - celkem 480 zápasů. Klub strávil většinu následujících 30 let v této divizi, nejprve pod vedením Paynter a potom později pod vedením bývalého hráče Tedy Fentona. Fentonovi se podařilo dostat klub na nejvyšší úroveň až v roce 1958. [6] [7] [8]

1961-1978 Editovat

V roce 1961 byl Ron Greenwood jmenován Fentonovým nástupcem a v 1964 West Ham zvítězili ve finále FA Cupu. Tým vedl mladý Bobby Moore. West Ham také vyhrál Evropský pohár vítězů pohárů. [9] [10] Během mistrovství světa FIFA 1966 byly klíčovými členy vítězných turnajových turnajů v Anglii hráči West Hamu včetně kapitána Bobbyho Moora Martin Peters (který skóroval ve finále) a Geoff Hurst, který vstřelil první a jediný hattrick ve finále mistrovství světa mužů. [9] [10] Všichni tři hráči prošli přes mládežnický tým West Hamu. [11]

FA Cup vyhráli i v roce 1975 poražením Fulhamu, tentokrát 2:0. Tým Fulhamu měl bývalých anglických kapitánů Alana Mulleryho a legendu West Hamu Bobbyho Moora. Po náročném začátku sezóny 1974-75 se Greenwood přesunul "na horní patro", aby se stal generálním manažerem, a aniž by o tom informoval správní radu, jmenoval svého asistenta Johna Lyalem za manažera týmu. [12] Výsledkem byl okamžitý úspěch - tým vstřelil 20 gólů ve svých prvních čtyřech zápasech a vyhrál FA Cup. Stal se posledním týmem, který vyhrál FA Cup s čistě anglickou sestavou, ve zmíněném finále proti Fulham. [13] Lyall pak přivedl West Ham k dalšímu finále Evropského poháru vítězů pohárů v roce 1976, kde však prohrál zápas 4:2 s belgickým Anderlechtem. [14] Greenwoodové působení ve funkci generálního ředitele trvalo necelé tři roky.

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V roce 1978 West Ham znovu sestoupili do Division Two, ale Lyall zůstal jako manažer a vedl tým k finálovému vítězství v FA Cupu proti Arsenalu v roce 1980, což byla jejich poslední velká trofej. Do finále se dostali když porazili v semifinále Everton. The Hammers vyhráli těsným skóre 1:0, když gól vstřelil v 13. min. Trevor Brooking. [15] Je to pozoruhodné, protože od té doby žádný tým mimo nejvyšší ligy nezískal tuto trofej. West Ham se v roce 1981 znovu vrátili do Division One a další tři sezóny se umístili v top desítce první divize. V sezóně 1985-86 klub dosáhl vůbec nejvyšší - třetí místo v lize zásluhu na tom měla skupina hráčů známá jako The Boys of 86. V roce 1989 však opět sestoupili, což mělo za následek Lyallovo vyhození. [16] Lyall tak opustil West Ham po 34 letech. [17]

West Ham se vrátili do nejvyšší soutěže v sezóně 1990/91, tentokrát pod vedením bývalého hráče jménem Billy Bonds. Sezóna v nejvyšší soutěži jim však vůbec nevyšla a na její konci se vrátili zpět do nižší soutěže. [18] Výkony jako na houpačce pokračovaly a hned další sezóny byly West Ham zpět poté co obsadili druhé místo v Division 2. [19] [20]

V roce 1999 West Ham skončil pátý, což je jejich nejvyšší pozice v elitě od roku 1986. [21] Získali také vítězství v Intertoto Cupu když porazili francouzský klub Metz, aby se kvalifikovali do Poháru UEFA 1999-2000. [22] Výsledky se však začaly zhoršovat a po sérii špatných investic byl tehdejší manažer Redknapp propuštěn. [23] Spolu s ním odešli i velké hvězdy - jeho asistent Frank Lampard, což nevyhnutelně znamenalo prodej jeho syna Franka Lamparda mladšího. když v létě 2001 nastoupil do Chelsea za 11 milionů £. [24] Po kolísavých výkonech následující roky se West Ham vrátili zpět do Premier League v roce 2005.

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Po návratu do nejvyšší divize skončil West Ham na devátém místě. [25] Vrcholem sezóny 2005-06 však bylo finále FA Cupu, kde po nerozhodném výsledku 3:3 s Liverpoolem se zápas rozhodl až v penaltovém rozstřelu. West Ham prohrál rozstřel, ale přesto získal vstupenku do Poháru UEFA, protože Liverpool se již kvalifikoval do Ligy mistrů.

Kontrakty s hráči Mascherano a Tevez byly vyšetřovány samotnou Premier League kvůli podezření z machinací podrobností o přestupech z úředních záznamů. Klub byl uznán vinným a v dubnu 2007 byl pokutován částkou 5,5 milionu £. [26] West Ham se vyhnul odpočtu bodů, a toto se nakonec stalo kritickým při jejich setrvání v nejvyšší soutěži na konci sezóny 2006-07. West Ham unikl sestupu tím, že vyhrál sedm ze svých posledních devíti zápasů, včetně výhry 1:0 nad Arsenalem (Za Arsenal také nastoupil Tomáš Rosický) [27] , a v poslední den sezóny šokující porazil nově korunovaného mistra ligy Manchester United 1:0. [28] Gól sezóny vstřelil Argentinec Carlos Tévez v 45. minutě, díky čemuž West Ham obsadili 15. místo. [29]

V sezóně 2007-08 zůstal West Ham stabilně v horní polovině ligové tabulky. V posledním zápase sezóny na hřišti Boleyn Ground zaznamenal West Ham remízu 2:2 proti Aston Ville [30] , čímž si zajistil desátou příčku a tříbodový náskok před Tottenham Hotspur. Ve srovnání se sezónou 2006-07 to bylo vylepšení o pět míst, a co je nejdůležitější, West Hamu v této sezóně nehrozila reálná hrozba vypadnutí.

Alan Curbishley rezignoval na post manažera klubu 3. září 2008. [31] Jeho nástupcem se stal bývalý útočník Chelsea Gianfranco Zola, který se 11. září 2008 stal prvním klubovým manažerem pochádzaji z mimo Spojené království. [32] V sezóně 2008-09 skončil West Ham na devátém místě, což je vylepšení o jedno místo. Zola zůstal v týmu do 11. května 2011. [33]

3. června 2010 podepsal s týmem čtyřletý kontrakt Avram Grant. Forma West Hamu byla však nadále špatná, protože tým se zřídka nacházel mimo pásma sestupu [34] a čtvrtfinálová výhra v Ligovém poháru 4:0 [35] nad Manchesterem United byla v slabé sezóně jediným z mála jasných bodů. [36] Forma West Hamu v Premier League však naštěstí neovlivnila jejich formu ve dvou domácích pohárech. Kladiváři se dostali do semifinále Ligového poháru, když je s výsledkem 3:1 [37] vyřadili koneční vítězové Birmingham City a čtvrtfinále poháru FA skončilo jejich porážkou 2:1 [38] v Stoke City. [39] [40]

15. května 2011 bylo v zápase s Wigan Athletic na stadionu DW potvrzeno vypadnutí West Hamu do Championship. Průběh zápasu byl dramatický, když West Ham v prvním poločase už v 26. minutě vedli brankami Demba Ba 0:2. Wigan se však dostal zpět do zápasu a gólem Charlese N'Zogbia v 90. minutě zvítězil 3:2. [41] Po prohře West Ham propustil manažera Avrama Granta [42] a 1. června 2011 byl jako jeho náhradník jmenovaný Sam Allardyce. [43]

V sezóně 2011-12 skončil klub v Championship s 86 body třetí, čímž se dostal do play-off kde v semifinále porazili Cardiff City s celkovým skóre 5:0. [44] [45] Ve finále proti Blackpoolu ve Wembley 19. května 2012 si West Ham zajistil postup do Premier League vítězstvím 2:1 díky gólu hráče jménem Ricardo Jorge Vaz Té 88. minutě. [46] [47]

West Ham při svém návratu do Premier League podepsal kontrakt na dobu neurčitou s bývalými hráči James Colllinso a George McCartney také si "pronajal" Matta Jarvise a Andyho Carrolla. [48] [49] [50] Svůj první zápas v sezóně vyhráli 18. srpna 2012 1:0 proti Aston Ville díky gólu Kevina Nolana. [51] Vrcholem první poloviny sezóny bylo domácí vítězství 3:1 proti úřadujícímu mistrovi Evropy Chelsea z 1. prosince 2012. [52] V letech 2013-14 skončil West Ham na 13. místě v Premier League. [53] Také se dostali do semifinále Ligového poháru a celkově prohráli 9:0 s pozdějšími vítězi Manchester City. [54]

V sezóně 2014-15 končil West Ham v Premier League na 12. místě, co bylo jedno místo vyšší než v předchozí sezóně. V letech 2014 - 2015 se West Ham staly vítězem Fair Play v Premier League a kvalifikovali se do Evropské ligy 2015.

9. června 2015 byl bývalý hráč West Hamu Slaven Bilić jmenován do funkce manažera s tříletým kontraktem. [55] Ve čtvrtém Bilićovom zápase na čele týmu zvítězil na Anfield poprvé za 52 let, když zvítězil nad Liverpoolem 0:3, střelci byli Manuel Lanzini, Mark Noble a Diafra Sakho. [56] Na konci sezóny skončil West Ham v Premier League na 7. místě. Tým tak překonal ve své klubové éře Premier League hned několik rekordů, například nejvyšší počet bodů (62), nejvyšší počet gólů v sezóně (65), nejméně prohraných zápasů v sezóně (8) a nejnižší počet porážek na cizím trávníku (5). [57] Tato sezóna byla také poslední sezónou na hřišti Boleyn Ground a končí se tak 112leté působení na tomto stadionu.

2016- Editovat

    Thames Ironworks FC (Thames Ironworks Football Club) – West Ham United FC (West Ham United Football Club)

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Původně hrával klub na stadionu Boleyn Ground v Upton Parku. West Ham United se sem stěhoval v roce 1904, kdy si ho pronajal od londýnského okresu. V prostorách Upton Parku stál zelený dům, kde byla škola i Boleynský hrad. Dnes je nazýváno spíš bývalé sídlo West Hamu United část Upton Park, než nezvyklý Boleyn Ground. Stadion byl v roce 1990 zrekonstruován. Celková kapacita stadionu byla 35 016 diváků. V plánu kdysi byla rekonstrukce stadionu, která měla přidat 10 tisíc nových míst na East Stand (jižní tribuna). Ovšem bývalý předseda Eggert Magnússon naznačil ambice West Hamu přejít po LOH 2012 v Londýně na Olympijský stadion.

Poslední zápas hrající se na Boleyn Ground byl uskutečněn 10. května 2016, kdy West Ham porazil v ligovém zápase Manchester United FC poměrem 3:2. Před začátkem sezóny 2016/17 se West Ham United definitivně přestěhoval na relativně nový Olympijský stadion ležící ve Stratfordu.

West Ham silně soupeří s několika dalšími kluby. Většina jsou jiné londýnské kluby, především ze sousedících čtvrtí, patří mezi ně Millwall, Tottenham, Arsenal a také Chelsea, kde je napětí stupňováno rivalitou mezi východem a západem Londýna. Soupeření mezi West Hamem a Tottenhamem bylo podporováno hráči, jako je Jermain Defoe, který se po opuštění Kladivářů přidal k Tottenhamu. Většina zápasů je hodnocena jako riziková. Rivalitu také prohloubil bývalý Kladivář, dnes manažer Tottenhamu Harry Redknapp.

Nejhlubší a nejstarší rivalita panuje mezi West Hamem a Millwallem, jejichž utkání jsou též známá jako East London Derby. Obě strany byly v historii týmy továren soupeřících o zakázky, hráči žili a pracovali ve stejné lokalitě. Proto je raná historie těchto dvou klubů velmi propojena. Tým West Hamu se ukázal být úspěšnějším v řadě jednání a sporů mezi týmy, což nakonec vedlo k vyšší úrovni West Hamu. Millwall se později odmítl připojit do rodící se fotbalové ligy, zatímco West Ham odešel do FA Cupu, kde se držel v přední části tabulky.

Soupeření Millwallu s West Hamem přineslo značnou dávku násilí a je jedním z nejznámějších ve světě fotbalového chuligánství. Naposledy proti sobě týmy nastoupily v druhém kole League Cup 2009/10, 25. srpna 2009, v Upton Parku. Bylo to první vzájemné utkání po 4 letech a vůbec první v League Cup. Toto utkání přineslo mnoho škod na zdraví, majetku a hra byla kvůli výtržnostem fanoušků několikrát pozastavena.

Propojení West Hamu s organizovaným fotbalovým násilím začíná v roce 1960 se založením skupiny The Mile End Mob (pojmenované podle jedné z nejhorších části East Endu). Od roku 1970 do 1980 nastává zlatá doba Hooligans ve Velké Británii, a fanoušci West Hamu se stávají proslulými pro svoje konflikty s policií a fanoušky ostatních týmů.

Inter City Firm byla jednou z prvních takzvaných "Casuals", zvaných tak proto, že dohledu policie unikali oblečením minimálně souvisejícím s fotbalem, a využíváním vlaků Inter City na rozdíl od většiny fanoušků využívající levné, hlídané football special vlaky. Od roku 1990 se díky sofistikované technice a policejnímu dozoru snížila míra násilí, ale intenzivní soupeření s Millwallem, Chelsea a dalšími významnými týmy pokračuje.

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  • 1896–1898: London League (Division One)
  • 1898–1899: Southern Football League (Division Two London)
  • 1899–1915: Southern Football League (Division One)
  • 1919–1923: Football League Second Division
  • 1923–1932: Football League First Division
  • 1932–1958: Football League Second Division
  • 1958–1978: Football League First Division
  • 1978–1981: Football League Second Division
  • 1981–1989: Football League First Division
  • 1989–1991: Football League Second Division
  • 1991–1993: Football League First Division
  • 1993–2003: Premier League
  • 2003–2004: Football League First Division
  • 2004–2005: Football League Championship
  • 2005–2011: Premier League
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So who was the first West Ham player to win a World Cup winners medal? And before you all shout, it wasn't any of the usual subjects.

But it is a trick question before folk start searching through the history of various old timers from globe who have played for West Ham.

The answer is John Sissons, who starred for England Youth when the won the 'Little World Cup' at Wembley in 1963, the final 58 years ago today (April 23) to be precise.

You had to be around at the time to know why that European youth championships was nicknamed the little World Cup. Three years later Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters, of course, picked up their winners medals in '66 for the real thing,

But that youth tournament captured the imagination of the nation back in '63. It was used as an unofficial practice for the real thing a couple of years later. Same format, 16 teams, four groups spread around the south of England with a Wembley final against Northern Ireland, won 4-0 by the Three Lions with Sissons scoring in the second half.

Lots of memories have come flooding back from that era, prompted in part by the anniversary next month of West Ham winning the FA Youth Cup for the first time, a remarkable 6-5 aggregate win over Liverpool, that saw Martin Britt score four goals in a second leg won 5-2 by the Hammers. A remarkable and now famous side that not only included Sissons but also John Charles as captain, Bobby Howe, Harry Redknapp, Peter Bennett, Dennis Burnett, Trevor Dawkins and Bill Kitchener.

Its funny how little things jog your memory. A picture of that England Youth side crossed my path recently, a squad that included Tommy Smith, Ron Harris, John Sammels, Len Badger, David Pleat,David Sadler, Lou Chatterley, John Charles and Britt.

Britt was such an unlucky lad. He was destined for big things, but was forced to retire through injury at just 21. Tim Crane, the noted West Ham historian, produced a lovely item this week to mark that Youth Cup win. Britt is now 75 and happily retired to Essex, where that four-goal match ball is a treasured possession.

That picture revived many memories. I may have mentioned on here in the past that I was at school with Sissons - Mellow Lane in Hayes, Middlesex. Hardly a friend, while he was playing for England schools he was obvious our golden boy, at 15. I was a probably very annoying 12-year-old in the gang of playground hero-worshippers.

Sissons at the time was the star schoolboy in the country. He scored for England against Wales schools at Wembley in an 8-1 win in 1961. A couple of years later he was at Wembley again for the little World Cup , scoring in the final against Northern Ireland.

It was a team that included Pat Jennings, a 4-0 triumph in front of 40,000 fans. My memory is of my dad's hand on the back of my neck as I tried to run onto the pitch. My legs were moving but they were not on the ground. He was not at all pleased!

It was just a month later that the Youth cup final triumph produced a piece of West Ham history. There had been a semi final and replay against Wolves earlier in the week, but Britt's four goals stunned a Liverpool side who thought they had it won after a 3-1 first leg win at Anfield.

Sissons made his senior debut that season, and a year later scored in another final, this time the European Under 18 tournament in Holland, the final being against Spain. The FA Cup final against Preston came in that season, another Wembley final goal for Sissons.

The following season saw West Ham win the European Cup Winners Cup final at Wembley against TSV Munich with Sissons featuring in that final too, having scored the crucial winner in the semifinal final victory away to Real Zaragoza.

Ten England Under 23 caps followed, but there was never a full England call-up. The '66 World Cup win was the following season and Sissons would have been down the pecking order behind the likes of Terry Paine and John Connelly.

He went on the play 263 games for West Ham scoring 53 goals, including that memorably hat trick in the 7-0 win over Leeds.

Injuries took their toll, moves to Sheffield Wednesday, Norwich - under former West Ham team mate John Bond - and Chelsea followed before he was off to Tampa Bay and then Cape Town.

There are all sorts of theories and rumours as to why Sissons didn't go on to enjoy a lengthy career with West Ham. As it was he left in 1970, but for those years in the '60s he was one of the nation's great, young talents.

All this came rushing back to me with the Martin Britt memories, and the teams he and Sissons were in for club and country.

I have always believed Sissons is under-valued as a West Ham hero. There are only seven players who have FA Cup and European Cup winners medals: Jim Standen, Bobby Moore, Ken Brown, Geoff Hurst, Ronnie Boyce, Jack Burkett and Sissons.

They are West Ham royalty all, and should be treated as such. And for an old timer from a west London school with vivid memories still, John Sissons, still going strong at 75 in South Africa, will always figure large amoungst my greatest heroes.

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2. Matt Jarvis’s zodiac sign is Gemini

Matt Jarvis zodiac sign is a Gemini. Dates of Gemini are May 21 - June 20. Those born under the Gemini zodiac sign enjoy socializing and love surrounding themselves with people. They enjoy chit-chat and tend to have expression and communication very high on their list of priorities. They are intelligent, adaptable, agile, communicative, informative, and connected. Although, they can be too talkative, exaggerating, deceptive, cunning, superficial, and inconsistent.

West Ham United confirm signing of Matt Jarvis from Wolverhampton

West Ham United have confirmed the signing of the winger Matt Jarvis from Wolves for fee reported to be around £10m, with the 26-year-old agreeing a five-year contract.

Jarvis will go straight into the manager Sam Allardyce's squad for the match at Swansea in the only change from last weekend's win over Aston Villa.

Jarvis, 26, signed just over 24 hours before the Hammers' game at Swansea but Allardyce confirmed on Thursday he has no concerns about throwing the ex-Wolves player into his side.

The midfielder Jack Collison (knee) remains sidelined for West Ham, while Alou Diarra and Modibo Maiga are in contention to break into the starting XI.

Speaking ahead of the move yesterday, Allardyce claimed he was signing "one of the best final-third crossers in the Premier League".

Jarvis, who has three years of top-flight experience with Wolves, is looking forward to playing for West Ham.

"I'm delighted to have signed," he told the club's official website. "It's a fantastic club and I'm pleased to be here. It's a great club and it's got great history and tradition. I know about Bobby Moore and the history and tradition that go with that.

"I'll be playing with some fantastic players and it'll be great to get into training and I'm looking forward to playing with them. Hopefully I will add a bit of pace, crossing and deliveries that will provide some assists."

The ex-Gillingham midfielder added: "I've been told about how good the fans are hopefully they'll get behind me and I can show them what I can do.

"It'll be straight in and hit the ground running. There's no time to think about it, you've just got to get on with it, which is good. I hope to train with the team and then travel up to Swansea."

Wellington Phoenix stun EPL side West Ham

West Ham United have had their Premier League bags sent packing, stunned 2-1 by the Wellington Phoenix in Auckland tonight.

Two goals in the first half-hour of the Eden Park exhibition saw captain Andrew Durante and Alex Rodriguez dispatch excellent finishes to give the Phoenix one of their most iconic victories in the short history of the A-League club - and one which will no doubt be remembered for years to come.

In fact, Wellington Phoenix captain Durante described it as a win for the entire country.

"First and foremost, beating a Premier League side is a huge achievement for this club," Durante said.

"It's great, it was a great feeling. The team are very excited. It was a big occasion for us and a big occasion for New Zealand. We're just glad that we contributed to a pretty good game.

"Credit to West Ham, they put us under the pump, especially toward the end of the game. Ernie spoke to us all week about just enjoying ourselves, not going into our shell and letting the occasion overawe us."

Phoenix coach, Ernie Merrick, said it was important to keep feet planted on the ground and the performance represented a positive step.

"You know me, I'm very careful not to get carried away with something like this," Merrick said.

"Glen Moss pulled off a couple of great saves, it could have gone the other way but there are a lot of good signs. I won't get carried away with it. West Ham were a wee bit unlucky today.

"It was crucial for us to put on a good performance, to win the ball and keep it. Our real strength was a rock-solid backline who were well protected by a bank of midfielders.

"For the boys to perform like that, it was outstanding."

Merrick said the important thing was now for his side to re-focus for Saturday's game against Newcastle United.

"We want to play well there. My concern is getting them to recover for the next one."

The New Zealand tour of West Ham United and Newcastle United has been billed as a Premier League experience for Kiwi fans. But so far, the reality is pure, unadulterated FA Cup.

It was the multi-millionaire world stars against the underdogs, the have's against the have-nots - and reminders of the gulf between the teams were everywhere.

In contrast to the audacious, heated leather sports car seats at the Boleyn Ground, West Ham's substitutes and management had to make do with plastic garden furniture lined up on the side of the Eden Park pitch.

Instead of the intense atmosphere of a sold-out Boleyn Ground, it was a chant-free stadium with plenty of spare seats. And on the field with the multimillion dollar assets were also the likes of Albert Riera, who wasn't even playing for a professional club a matter of months ago. The stage was well and truly set.

And in just the 11th minute, the very essence of the FA Cup, the dream of a famous giant-killing, came to life.

When Mark Noble cynically hauled Nathan Burns to the ground by his shirt, the Phoenix earned a free kick close to the West Ham by-line and the edge of the penalty area.

Noticing his captain running unmarked into the near post, Rodriguez pinged his cross in for Durante to glance superbly past Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Fifteen minutes later Phoenix fans were less pinching themselves, more slapping each other around the face when Rodriguez turned from provider to goalscorer and doubled the lead.

Winning a 50/50 ball 35 metres out, the West Ham defence invited Rodriguez on, he obliged, and after a couple of touches shot form the edge of the box and bustled the right of Jaaskelainen's net.

West Ham weren't without their moments, with their slick passing and rapid attacks incising the Phoenix almost at leisure. The pace and clearly took the Phoenix by surprise out of the gate, with both All Whites captain Winston Reid and Cheikhou Kouyate receiving clumsy, potentially dangerous - though not intentional - tackles. The challenges were simply just late.

At the break, the faces of West Ham's players trudging off the field said it all. The giant-killing was well and truly on.

The size and strength of the Londoners saw them force possession throughout the game, but even through the second half when clearly, they were trying to press the issue with Sam Allardyce making nine substitutions, the Phoenix stuck to their task, playing with confidence and cohesion.

To their credit, the Phoenix refused to sit on the two-goal lead and just after the hour, could easily have been 4-0 up.

Nathan Burns had a powerful long-range shot drift just wide of the post while a minute later, substitute Kenny Cunningham should have done better after Jeremy Brockie put him through with a deft, volleyed flick with the outside of his boot while on the run.

The Phoenix frustrated West Ham, who even when they did break, couldn't bust the yellow and black wall on the edge of Glen Moss' area.

Moss, who has been in superb form for both club and country recently, also deserves notable mention. Had it not been for his reaction save from Carlton Cole in just the eighth minute, the momentum of the match would have been totally different.

Twenty minutes from time Moss was beaten however, when substitute Mauro Zarate shot powerfully from range, teeing up a tense finish.

Zarate steered just wide eight minutes later and as the clock wound down, the Premier League outfit were finding more possession, more space and a lot more opportunities.

Five added-on minutes saw the crowd find voice, disgruntlement mainly at the extra time they had to hang on.

But the night proved to be Merrick's, who will no doubt have learned a significant amount from his Phoenix squad. On that performance, the Phoenix will be ones to watch in the upcoming A-League season - with consistency now their biggest question.

Wellington Phoenix 2 (Andrew Durante, Alex Rodriguez) West Ham 1 (Mauro Zarate). HT: 2-0

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