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Video: Brief history of West Ham United

Friend of Claret and Hugh and Moore Than Just A Podcast presenter Nigel Kahn today launches his new Youtube series that documents briefly times in the history of west ham united.  Episode one looks at the predecessor of West Ham, The Thames Ironworks and its football club as the club marks the 125th anniversary since Dave Taylor placed that advert.

Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company owner Arnold Hills was approached by foreman and local referee Dave Taylor, who suggested that the company form a football club with the aim of improving the morale of the workforce. Hills agreed and an advert was placed in the company’s journal Thames Iron Works Gazette on June 29, 1895.

Although Dave Taylor, a foreman in the shipbuilding department, undertook the task of forming a football club within Thames Ironworks in the summer of 1895, the idea was not his alone nor was it a ‘spur of the moment’ decision. With the demise of the Old Castle Swifts there were a number of its former players who were employed at the Ironworks and now found themselves without a football club.

Hills had been involved in a bitter industrial dispute with his employees that year, thought that the formation of a football club might help improve the mood of his workforce.

The information appeared under the headline: The importance of co-operation between workers and management. He referred to the dispute that had just taken place and insisted he wanted to wipe away the bitterness left by the recent strike. Hills added: Thank God this midsummer madness is passed and gone; inequities and anomalies have been done away with and now, under the Good Fellowship system and Profit Sharing Scheme, every worker knows that his individual and social rights are absolutely secured.

The advert read simply read 125 years ago today “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.” –

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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

One comment on “Video: Brief history of West Ham United

  1. Brilliant video Nigel
    Superbly put together

    I’m a historian, work in film festivals, a subsriber to Morre than just a podcast, needless to say, a bonkers West Ham fan & I recognise excellent work when I see it.

    Well done and keep it coming

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