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West Ham United were founded in 1900 as a professional club but operated under the name Thames Ironworks FC for several years beforehand. Former Thames Ironworks player Syd King was the teamâ€™s first manager and played their games originally at the Memorial Ground in Plaistow. However, in 1904 the team underwent a transformation with a new club badge and a move to the Boleyn Ground, known as Upton Park to many, where they still play their matches to date. Their first match at Upton Park was in 1904 against Milwall where the Hammers won 3-0. Up until the First World War, West Ham competed in several leagues including the Western league and Southern league. West Ham United's first home colours were dark blue in 1895 with claret and sky blue being introduced in 1900 which was inspired by the colours of Aston Villa.
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In 1919, the club were elected to the second tier of the Football League in the first season post war. Still under the guidance of Syd King, they were eventually promoted in 1923 in a season where they also reached the FA Cup final only to lose 2-0 to Bolton Wanderers. The team enjoyed 11 years in the top flight but only twice managed to finish inside the top ten. In 1932, Syd King was released as manager and his assistant Charlie Paynter took the reigns and oversaw the clubâ€™s relegation in the same year. Paynter attempted to rebuild the team with youth but his plans were in tatters as many of his players were called up to the Second World War in 1939 when the side were still in division two. Nevertheless, they won their first trophy in 1940 with a League Cup victory over Blackburn Rovers.
As Paynter retired in 1950, Ted Fenton took the reigns and looked to complete redevelop the club mainly through the construction of an academy. The structure took place over a number of years and the club achieved promotion in 1958 back to the top division. Fenton was replaced by Ron Greenwood in 1962 who looked to turn the Hammers into a dominant force. He did just that by guiding the team to their first major trophy in 1964 with a 3-2 victory over Preston North End that saw Ronnie Boyce score a last minute goal for the club. The success was repeated a year later as the team turned into European winners with a 2-0 Cup Winners Cup final victory over 1860 Munich. Unfortunately, the Hammers werenâ€™t third time lucky as they lost 6-3 on aggregate in the final of the League Cup in 1966. Despite their cup success, the team performed fairly average in the league and never threatened to challenge for the title. The core of the side was based on Englandâ€™s World Cup winning trio of Bobby Moore, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst.
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