Football in East London
|| The UK’s national
pastime gets supporters’ passions pumping at least
once a week – but London’s east side has
some of the most fervent football fans in the capital.
East Londoners putting their faith in a local team
can choose either, West Ham or Leyton
By far the most successful of these is West Ham who currently play in the Premiership, where team
takes on the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United
The team, nicknamed ‘the hammers” began life
in 1895 as the Thames Ironworks team. More than
100 years on, the team are still going strong, playing
at the 25,000+ capacity Boleyn Ground (named after
King Henry VIII's wife) which is more commonly called Upton Park [map] because of its proximity to the tube
station of the same name.
Bobby Moore, Sir Geoff Hurst and Trevor Brooking have all played
for this top east end club where on match days you’ll
hear the team’s anthem “I’m forever
blowing bubbles” ring out.
Leyton Orient on the other hand have
not been able to match the success of their neighbour
and in the 03/04 season were sliding down the league
with little sign of being able to reverse the trend.
The club are, however, one of the oldest in the country,
starting out in 1881 as a way for the Glyn Cricket
Club [map] team to keep fit outside the summer cricket
season. Over the years the club has changed its name
several times finally deciding on the name which combines
its location with the Orient Shipping line of the 1800s.
The team now play at the 12,000+ capacity Matchroom
Stadium [map] in Leyton, where supporter’s
flock on match days showing that whatever the league
future holds for this club, it will always remain an
important part of the community.