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West Ham Rivalry
As a London-based side, West Ham has got several notable rivalries, making for matches that generate plenty of attention. Tottenham Hotspur stand out as the East London rivals, while West Ham are also vying hotly-contested battles against Chelsea in the West.
Outside the Premier League, however, West Ham have a long-standing rivalry with Millwall. The animosity between these two clubs dates back to when they were called Themes Ironworks and Millwall Athletic, respectively. With only three miles separating them, the two clubs from the East End of London have since then forged a Dockers Derby, first played in the 18998/1900 FA Cup.
The rivalry between these two clubs has got deep roots within the British football hooliganism and the supporting culture. Violence was not a rare occurrence, moreover, with rivalry between the two hooligan firms – the Inter City Firm and the Millwall Bushwachers – resulting in the death of a Millwall supporter back in 1976.
West Ham History
The Hammers are proud of their workers’ origin, dating back to 1895 when the club was officially founded as Thames Ironworks F.C. originally based in Leamouth Wharf, where River Lea meets the Thames.
The original West Ham squad was mainly consisted of workers and employees of the largest and last surviving shipbuilder in London. It wasn’t until 1901 that the West Ham as we know it today was born, however. Three years later, the club got its new home – Boleyn Ground – with the inaugural game being the match against fierce rivals Millwall.
Also known as the Upton Park, this 35,000-seater was home to the Hammers until 2016, when West Ham moved into the Olympic Stadium, a multi-purpose venue constructed specifically for the 2012 Summer Paralympics. Despite the change of venue, West Ham are still blowing bubbles before every home game, with the song “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” being widely accepted as the club anthem.
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