The club, called Thames Ironworks F.C, was founded in 1895. It belonged to Thames Iron Work Sand Shipbuilding Co. Ltd, the metallurgical and shipbuilding enterprise. Arnold Hills was the managing director and Dave Taylor was the lead. In 1896, The Irons began to play in the League of London and won it in the 1897-98 season. In 1898, the club joined the Second Division of the Southern League and became professional. Irons won this tournament on the first try. In 1900, when the club became a limited liability company, Thames Iron Works F.C. changed its name to West Ham United F.C.
All the main nicknames go back to the old name of the club – Thames Ironworks, as well as hammers, depicted on the emblem. Emphasizing the importance of the club in the formation of the national team, the fans nicknamed West Ham as a “football academy”. In addition, West Ham has a quite contemptuous nickname “Cockney boys.” The point is that the natives of London, who belonged to the lower stratum and middle class, were called “cockney”.
West Ham logo history
West Ham has a rich history of the logo changes, but for such a long period, the emblem has always had two unchanged items: hammers and the castle that was added a little bit later. Basically, only the shape and color of the emblem were changed through this time.
There is no official confirmation of when the crossed hammers became a symbol of West Ham. The Thames Ironworks players as a shipbuilding plant team were liquidated in 1900 and later revived as a professional club named West Ham United. The earliest publication depicting the hammers was the program of the official match in the 1910/11 season. The logo of the shipyard team was represented by the image of the British flag with the inscriptions T.I.W., located above and FC that was below.
For the first time, the image of the fortress appeared in the official pre-match programs during the 1921/22 season. The castle, located on the site of a home arena, is traditionally associated with Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn. However, this belief is not based on facts, and the fortress really was a structure known as the Green Street House. It was built in 1544, in 8 years after the Anne Boleyn’s execution. Two years later, a couple of towers were added to the House to emphasize the beauty of the local surroundings, one of which was preserved for a long time after the Second World War (demolished in 1955).
After the 1957/58 season, when West Ham returned to the highest English league, the fortress and crossed hammers were depicted on the emblem separately. The first image of the fortress and hammers as a whole composition appeared in the souvenir handbook, released in 1958. It was dedicated to the return of the club to the First Division.
Another interesting detail of the West Ham emblem is the shape of a shield. It looks like a section of the Royal British Navy armored frigate called Warrior that was built by the shipyard Thames Ironworks in 1860.
Over the next few decades, the coat of arms had experienced many changes, but the basic concept (crossed hammers against the background of the fortress) had not been changed.
In the late 1990s, the West Ham logo was significantly redesigned and updated by the London-based design agency Springett Associates. The fortress became yellow and wider with fewer cross-shaped loopholes. Also, the peaked ends of the towers disappeared. Designers changed the shape of the hammers, edging and other small details in order to give the logo more solidity. That’s how the modern West Ham appeared.
In 2014, the Premier League club West Ham marked the move to the Olympic Stadium with a new emblem. Based on the traditional club colors, the new West Ham logo has a simpler and more streamlined form. The iconic image of the hammers was located in the center of the emblem and painted in golden color.
The fortress, which was on the previous emblem, has disappeared, and the inscription “West Ham United” has moved to the inner part and now is located at the top. The inscription “London” at the bottom of the logo has become a new detail, which was not on the previous version of the West Ham logo.
West Ham logo colors
Hex Color: #7A263A;
Hex Color: #1bb1e7;
Hex Color: #F3D459;