West Ham United, or as they’re nicknamed, the Premier League’s Hammers is one of the clubs participating in the English Premier League. The club which was formed over a century ago has established itself among the country’s best football clubs by participating in top flight football over numerous seasons. It is also worth mentioning that the club is also among the few to never have played below the 2nd tier of English football.
Read on below to find out more about the Premier League’s Hammers.
West Ham is definitely among the oldest clubs playing in the English Premier League. The club was formed back in 1895, under the name Thames Ironworks Shipbuilding Co., with its base set in East London. At the start of the 20th century, the club was renamed to West Ham United. It is worth mentioning that the club’s nicknames, the Hammers and the Irons still endure to date.
In 1904 the club moved to its home for next century, Upton Park. After playing all their home matches at this ground throughout this time, they moved to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.
As previously stated above, the Premier League’s Hammers moved from Upton Park to the Olympic Stadium at the start of the 2016/17 season. This move worked to increase the seating capacity from 35,000 to 60,000 seats.
The switch to a new stadium was accompanied by a change in the clubs badge. The image of the Boleyn Castle was removed from the badge to indicate the move away from the castle. Only the crossed hammers would be retained as per the decision taken by the supporters of the club back in 2014. The changes would however take effect in time with the move to the Olympic stadium.
Slaven Bilic is the current manager of the Premier League’s Hammers; his appointment came in June 2015. A West Ham United player at one point, he moved on and returned as a manager after serving as coach for the Croatian national soccer team. During his time as his home country’s national team coach, they lost only eight out of a total of sixty five games.
It is worth noting that the coach is only the second Croatian national to have managed an English Premier League club.
Having enjoyed a seemingly successful 2015/16 season, as evidenced by the 7th place finish, the team currently lies at the half way point on the English Premier League table.