OUR latest State of Play report looks at West Ham United. This is a club with a very distinctive regional identity: the club of the cockneys, one that used to embody the spirit of the east end of London. A club that was popular among fans for being interesting to watch.
The game and society have changed and West Ham’s traditional home, the Boleyn Ground at Upton Park is no more. The London Stadium was supposed to be something of a rebirth for the club, but it hasn’t quite happened yet. In 2020-21, the club has flirted with the prospect of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League, they may still do it, but most likely, they will be playing in the Europa League. West Ham, with their new-found support, should be making European football part of the agenda every year.
Read about the club’s last decade in State of Play.