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West Ham United ⦁ Inspired by the Class of '80.

A realistic West Ham Story by a passionate Dutch supporter ✖
Started on 30 May 2019 by DutchHammer040 / First Post
Latest Reply on 31 May 2019 by Jack / Last Post
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The club
West Ham United Football Club is a professional football club based in Stratford, East London, England. They compete in the Premier League, the top tier of English football. The club play at the London Stadium, having moved from their former home the Boleyn Ground in 2016.

The club was founded in 1895 as Thames Ironworks and reformed in 1900 as West Ham United. They moved to the Boleyn Ground in 1904, which remained their home ground for more than a century. The team initially 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 were also losing finalists in the first FA Cup Final held at Wembley. In 1940, the club won the inaugural Football League War Cup.

West Ham have been winners of the FA Cup three times, in 1964, 1975, and 1980, and have also been runners-up twice, in 1923, and 2006. The club have reached two major European finals, winning the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1965 and finishing runners-up in the same competition in 1976. West Ham also won the Intertoto Cup in 1999. They are one of eight clubs never to have fallen below the second tier of English football, spending 60 of 92 league seasons in the top flight, up to and including the 2017–18 season. The club's highest league position to date came in 1985–86, when they achieved third place in the then First Division.

Three West Ham players were members of the 1966 World Cup final-winning England team: captain Bobby Moore and goalscorers Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters. West Ham United rightly have a proud tradition in English football for playing entertaining, attacking football. It is an approach that has thrilled millions since the east London club was formed in 1900, five years after the inception of our forerunners, Thames Ironworks. It is enshrined in Hammers’ history that regardless of their status at any given time, whether challenging for silverware or fighting relegation, the club has never sacrificed its long-held football principles. Our knowledgeable fans have come to expect nothing less and they are proud of it.
Season 2018-19

League Performance

Securing a place in the top half of the table was Pellegrini's main aim for this season, and it's an objective that he has achieved - albeit on the last day of the season. On reflection, though, he'll be more than happy with West Ham's progress, given the obstacles he has faced at various points of the season. Long-term injuries to Manuel Lanzini, Jack Wilshere and Andriy Yarmolenko, coupled with ongoing speculation over the future of star striker ​Marko Arnautovic, often cast a shadow over the progress made on the pitch, with the Hammers slowly but surely transitioning to a more patient, intricate style of play.

Their improved form at home, which saw the Hammers pick up nine wins and four draws at the London Stadium, was a key component to their success and they doubled the number of wins achieved on the road this season to six. The Hammers ended up finishing tenth in the Premier League this season.

Domestic Cup Performance

It wasn't all smiles this season, however, with ​West Ham showing some of their old mental fragilities once more, crashing out of the FA Cup in rather embarrassing fashion. A routine home win over Birmingham was followed by a dire display at League One basement boys AFC Wimbledon, resulting in a 4-2 humbling for Pellegrini's side.

In the Carabao Cup, the Hammers racked up eight against Macclesfield Town to record their biggest win in 36 years, but were halted at the fourth round stage by Tottenham - who avenged their defeat from the previous campaign with a 3-1 win at the London Stadium.

Hammer of the Year

Picking West Ham's standout player of the season is often a task that can be completed with consummate ease. This season, however, has seen a number of players perform well throughout the season, with record signing Felipe Anderson among those who have shone in east London.

Declan Rice's emergence as a quality holding midfielder has been a real positive for the club, and his first steps into international football with England show just how good he's been in the heart of midfield. But even he has been usurped this season by the outstanding Lukasz Fabianski. The Polish goalkeeper cost a paltry £7m last summer, joining from recently relegated Swansea. He quickly found his feet in his new surroundings, putting in a string of high calibre performances in goal.

Not just the club's player of the season, he's the signing of the season - and quite possibly the best value-for-money signing in the Premier League.
Season 2019/20

My vision for this season
The clear goal for this season: building a steady foundation for a team that can consistently compete in Europe. That means, selling a lot, I mean A LOT of players. If you're not good enough, you're out. The West Ham squad consists of a LOT of dead wood, and I'll get rid of it. Every leaving player will be replaced by a younger, more talented player. My goal is to strenghten the squad with youth, talent, and established players that have been playing on a high level for a long time. No players like Arbeloa (lol), Zabaleta, Nasri etcetera. The squad will be overhauled COMPLETELY in the first season with our goal being a consistent team in the Europa or maybe even Champions League.

Board expectations
Premier League: finish in the top half of the table
FA Cup: reach the last 16
Carabao Cup: reach the last 16

Budget
Two new reports have detailed how the new West Ham manager's rumoured £30million summer transfer budget will be easily doubled to nearly £70million. Recent reports claimed that co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold will hand a base transfer budget of £30million. Player sales will be needed to generate any further funds, but the manager will be given all cash raised by departures. And now two new reports have explained how that rather paltry budget will be easily doubled to nearer £70million.

“The club will save around £5 million on Andy Carroll’s personal terms and another £7m on Chicharito’s whom they are ready to move on at around £10 million.” “That would bring them in a total £12 million in saved wages which could be augmented by the departures of Pedro Obiang at around £5 million, Lucas Perez, £4 million. With Edmilson Fernandes another likely departure at around £6 million.”

That would bring the total to anything between £60-68 million. And then there is the chance of more funds being raised. Selling the likes of Sam Byram and Jordan Hugill would also boost the kitty.

The squad

Goalkeepers

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Midfielders


Forwards


Pre-season
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Good luck with the Hammers. The squad certainly has quality within it, it is now just about filling in the small gaps in-between to continue to push in the right direction as a football club.
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This looks great! Love the idea and challenge that will come to bring new success to West Ham! Good luck!
West Ham certainly have a lot of potential about them. It just needs someone good enough to activate it in my opinion, could you be the one?

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