Club Profile

West Ham United

West Ham was a bit of a zombie club for a while: a big, traditional club wandering and a bit lifeless after moving from their old home to one that inspires ambivalence. But they’re off to Europe for the second season in a row!

LOCATION: London Stadium in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in the city’s East End

CONTACT: whufc.com, 0333 030 0174, #COYI

NICKNAMES: The Irons or the Hammers, both because of their industrial roots

History

Football-loving Americans can imagine that the Green Bay Packers dominated in the old days—as they did. But what if they never had Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers, and then moved out of Lambeau Field to some shiny, new, boring stadium next to a mall in the suburbs? All that happened to West Ham, but now a couple of European tours are breathing some…

Rivalries

Obviously they don’t care for the other London clubs, especially Chelsea and Tottenham; a shared history of hooliganism doesn’t help. There is an odd rivalry with Sheffield United because of a controversy over a player signing in 2007 that helped West Ham stay up and sent the Blades down. But it’s the rivalry with Millwall that is strictly…

Women's Team

West Ham United Women compete in the Women’s Super League, tier 1 of the pyramid. Home games are at Dagenham & Redbridge

Songs

West Ham sings one of the most famous, and frankly oddest, songs in all of football, “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles.” Let’s just take a look at the lyrics and imagine that they are supposed to inspire the team to victory: I’m forever blowing bubbles Way up in the air They fly so high They reach the sky And like my dreams, they fade and die.  …

Stadium

This whole area used to be London Docklands, the biggest port in the world. Then it was the site of the 2012 Olympics. Now it is Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, known by the locals as Betty Park. It’s one of the largest urban parks in London and has restored wetlands and plenty of open space, as well as some of the Olympic venues. London Stadium…

Going to a Game at West Ham

GETTING THERE: There are three train stations for getting there, the main one being Stratford—but not Shakespeare’s Stratford. This station is on the London Overground, Tube (Jubilee and Central lines), and Docklands Light Railway. It’s also next to a big mall called Westfield. By the way, many Brits pronounce mall as in “malware.” You can also…

West Ham United Tickets

West Ham isn’t one of the “big six,” but they are in London, so tickets can be tough if they’re doing well or playing a big opponent. Getting a membership (around £40, depending on the type) will help and will get you into a ticket exchange where season ticket holders release unused tickets. Those prices can get up to £80, but compare that to the illegal secondary market and you’ll be happy. Groundhopper Guides sells regular seats as well as hospitality options.

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