West Ham United FC was founded in 1895 under the name of Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. In 1900 the name was changed to the current one and in 1919 the Club was selected to participate in the Football League Second Division, ascending to the First Division around 1923. In the 1960s the English press called the club The Academy of Football, due to the number of young talents that came from its quarry and in 1964 it won its first title: the FA Cup while a year later it won its first continental title: the European Cup Winners' Cup.
Although he has never won the Premier League championship, great current British players such as Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole, Michael Carrick and Jermain Defoe have emerged from his academy. Also playing among their ranks was the bassist and leader of the British heavy metal group Iron Maiden, Steve Harris.