On 2 July 2013, Sullivan acquired a further 25% of shares after restructuring the debt of the club, leaving Straumur Bank with just 10%. In order to clear club debts before a move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016, in December 2014, Sullivan announced the availability for sale of 20% of the club. The clearing of club debts, given in July 2013 as million, was given as a pre-condition to a move to the Olympic Stadium.
The first award was presented to club-record appearance maker Billy Bonds, who picked up the award on the pitch at Upton Park before kick-off against Cardiff City on the opening day of the 2013–14 season.
West Ham have had only fifteen permanent managers in their history and an additional three caretaker managers. The current manager is Slaven Bilić who was appointed on 9 June 2015.
The castle may have also been added as a result of the contribution made to the club by players of Old Castle Swifts, or even the adoption (in 1904) of Boleyn Castle FC as their reserve side when they took over their grounds on the site.
The club finished third in the 2011–12 Football League Championship with 86 points and took part in the play-offs. They beat Cardiff City in the play off semi-final 5–0 on aggregate to reach the final against Blackpool at Wembley on 19 May 2012. Carlton Cole opened the scoring, and although Blackpool equalised early in the second half, Ricardo Vaz Tê scored the winner for West Ham in the 87th minute.
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Their assets are so big, they can invest more and more into the playing side, which I think they will, and they’ll want to get Champions League football themselves.
To put Astra’s achievement into context, they lost 5-1 to CFR Cluj last Sunday and have a manager, Marius Sumudica, who cannot attend his team’s domestic matches after being banned by the Romanian Federation for betting on games. “This is one of the best days in my life, on pretty much the same level as when my children were born,” a jubilant Sumudica said. “Because I knew that they were mine. Obviously I’m kidding.”
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The original colours of the team were dark blue, due to Thames Ironworks chairman Arnold Hills being a former student of Oxford University. However, the team used a variety of kits including the claret and sky blue house colours of Thames Ironworks, as well as sky blue or white kit.
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The club was founded in 1895 as Thames Ironworks and reformed in 1900 as West Ham United. The club has traditionally played in a claret and blue home strip with white shorts. West Ham competed in the Southern League and Western League before joining the Football League in 1919; they were promoted to the top flight in 1923, when they also played in the first FA Cup Final at Wembley. In 1940, the club won the inaugural Football League War Cup.
Thames Ironworks, and later West Ham United, retained the claret yoke/blue sleeves design, but also continued to use their previously favoured colours for their away kits.
“It’s always been a club which has produced its own players – it’s getting tougher now – but they’ve always played, in the main, good, attractive football.
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Quina replaced Michail Antonio and, like the versatile winger, who has just been called up into Sam Allardyce’s squad, is already on England’s radar as a player who could eventually be selected by them.
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Police have been made aware of the unauthorised entry by officials at the London Stadium
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A number of Middlesbrough supporters filmed fights taking place around the ground after the Premier League encounter between the two sides
Bobby Moore has been runner-up four times, while Billy Bonds and Tony Cottee have both been runners-up three times.
Bilic did not shed any light on that deal. He was too frustrated with what he had witnessed on the pitch. “I didn’t hide it,” West Ham’s manager said.
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While football is probably the main focus for the community, there is quite a lot of interest in other sports—with rugby being one of them. Next to West Ham station, on Holland Road, is the home of 3 rugby teams, all playing in Essex RFU leagues: Phantoms RFC, King's Cross Steelers and East London RFC.
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Once the original deal collapsed a new process to select a tenant was begun. West Ham immediately announced plans to become tenants of the stadium. By March 2012, West Ham was one of the four bidders for the Stadium. With a decision due by the Olympic Park Legacy Company in May 2012, Boris Johnson delayed the final selection of future tenants until completion of the 2012 Olympics stating that it was "overwhelmingly likely" that the tenants would be West Ham United.
17-year-old Reece Oxford, who has yet to feature for Slaven Bilic's side so far this season, is hoping to follow in the footsteps of former Hammer and Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand.
However, this was the first real test of West Ham’s character in their new stadium. It was also the first time they heard boos at the final whistle.
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“It will happen one day, for sure, Gold and Sullivan have done a brilliant job. Karren Brady has done a magnificent job, what she’s done has been unbelievable. When they’ve had enough, or when they get too old, and they decide to sell it, someone’s going to buy it.
The earliest generally accepted incarnation of West Ham United was founded in 1895 as the Thames Ironworks team by foreman and local league referee Dave Taylor and owner Arnold Hills and was announced in the Thames Ironworks Gazette of June 1895.
The original club crest was a crossed pair of rivet hammers; tools commonly used in the iron and shipbuilding industry. A castle was later (circa 1903–04) added to the crest and represents a prominent local building, Green Street House, which was known as "Boleyn Castle" through an association with Anne Boleyn. The manor was reportedly one of the sites at which Henry VIII courted his second queen, though in truth there is no factual evidence other than the tradition of rumour.
When the club redesigned the facade of the stadium (construction finished 2001–02) the "castle" from the later badge was incorporated into the structure at the main entrance to the ground. A pair of towers were prominent features of the ground's appearance, both bearing the club's modern insignia (which was also located in the foyer and other strategic locations).
Astra Giurgiu were too wily for them for the second successive year, becoming the first visiting side to win at the London Stadium, but the way West Ham squandered their slender advantage was largely down to their own making. Slaven Bilic’s side conceded a sloppy goal, let themselves down with some generous finishing and were too naive in the defining moments.
West Ham are having yet more problems with their stadium and are unable to meet Chelsea’s requested 10 per cent away ticket allocation for the EFL Cup tie later this month.
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But it is understood that playing for England may appeal to Quina – and the FA is aware of this – who arrived at West Ham during the summer, agreeing an initial two-year scholarship ahead of signing a professional contract when he turns 17 in November.
The 2014 award was presented to Sir Trevor Brooking, a record five-time winner of the Hammer of the Year award. Brooking received the award before the 2014–15 season curtain-raiser against Tottenham Hotspur on 16 August 2014. Brooking had already had the Centenary Stand at the Boleyn ground named after him in 2009.
“If they decide to sell, there will be people wanting to buy West Ham in the next 10 years, for sure. They’re in their sixties, seventies, they’re not going to keep it forever. So when they do sell and suddenly we get somebody coming from China, or from somewhere in Asia, like they did at Manchester City, it could be the biggest club in England.