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Hammers 125th anniversary approaches on Monday

Thames Ironworks Football Club, the club that later became West Ham United, was founded by Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Co. Ltd owner Arnold Hills and foreman Dave Taylor on 29th June 1895

An article in the Thames Iron Works Gazette read “Mr. Taylor, who is working in the shipbuilding department, has undertaken to get up a football club for next winter and I learn that quoits and bowls will also be added to the attractions.” 

Fifty would-be players paid half-a-crown for a year’s membership, and Taylor spent the summer arranging the fixtures for Thames Ironworks F.C. and their reserves. Before the Irons played their first game, Taylor returned to refereeing, handing over organizational duties to Ted Harsent, who became the first club secretary.

Thames Ironworks took over the tenancy of The Old Castle Swifts’ Hermit Road ground in Canning Town until their eventual eviction in October 1896. They would briefly play at Browning Road in East Ham, before moving to the Memorial Grounds, a stadium which was situated close to where West Ham station now stands. The ground was built at Arnold Hills’ own expense, costing £20,000.

At the end of June 1900, Thames Ironworks F.C. resigned from the Southern League and were officially wound up. On 5 July 1900 they reformed under the new name of West Ham United F.C at 55 Barking road and accepted an offer of the Southern League place left vacant by Thames Ironworks.

West Ham will mark the Anniversary on Monday with the launch of special celebration kits for 2020/2021 season plus other content on their digital.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

2 comments on “Hammers 125th anniversary approaches on Monday

  1. That’s good of you, to give Bilic the benefit of the doubt. The fact is the lad wants to improve himself and feels he is worth more than he’s been offered by us and FairPlay to him for having confidence in his own ability.
    If he joins the Baggies as he is entitled to do, then I see nothing wrong with Bilic using his knowledge of West Ham Academy to employ him he hasn’t broken any rules.
    West Ham need to examine how they go about negotiations and retaining players at the end of their contracts it obviously is t up to scratch.
    No need for sly dogs at others sort your own house out! ⚒⚒

  2. Anyone who on the basis of four first team games experience tries to hold the club to ransom is potential trouble we do not need! No moral fibre so off you go

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