West Ham – despite our problems – remains one of the most popular clubs in the UK. Next year we celebrate our 125th anniversary since the club was founded under the name Thames Ironworks FC.
The bubbles continue to fly over east London despite a dip in form but the popularity remains undiminished.
For any newcomers trying to catch up on our long history here are four players who have helped promote us to a place in football’s great history.
But first, here’s some predictions in the Premier League this season.
As you may have concluded, Liverpool is leading the race. Bookies have them as the biggest favourites to win the PL. Their odds are currently @ 1/7. Manchester City is in second place with odds at 8/1. Surprisingly, Leicester holds the 3rd spot with odds sitting at 25/1. Tottenham and Chelsea share the 4th spot with odds at 500/1, and Manchester United is 5th with 750/1. We ought to mention that West Ham is also on the list with odds @ 3000/1.
On the flip side of the coin, Norwich, Watford, Aston Villa, and Southampton complete the shortlist of teams that are most likely to be relegated. Norwich’s odds are 2/9, Watford sits at 1/4, Aston Villa @ 7/4, and Southampton is at 2/1.
We need to mention that the odds vary from one online bookie to another. That is why it’s vital to do good research before picking where you’ll place your bets. Fortunately for you, we have the list of the best bookmakers in the UK for football for you.
Let’s head over to our list of some legendary players that were part of West Ham’s history.
Mark Noble has over 400 apps for the club and has scored more than 50 goals. The highly respected central midfielder is truly deserving of the word legend.
Paolo Di Canio
One of football’s greatest legends and the inventor of the “Di Canio kick”. There are tales about how he held speeches to himself before every game to make sure that he is on top of his game. Paolo Di Canio wore the Hammers’ jersey from 1999 to 2003 and decided to hang the boots back in 2008.
Julian was voted as West Ham’s player of the year of 4 occasions from 1990 to 1997. A fierce defender who played rough, which is why he got the nickname The Terminator. Due to his temper, he was on the referee’s scope quite often.
Bobby Moore is not just a West Ham legend; he is one of the greatest defenders of all time. Bobby captained the English team that won the 1996 World Cup and also wore the armband at West Ham for more than 10 years. He joined West Ham in 1958 and stayed there until 1974. After battling cancer, Bobby Moore passed away in 1993.
Add Billy Bonds and Ludo Miklosko, great names indeed to cheer on a bleak evening in the fight for survival.