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The Real Cockney Boys
So what are the Hammers really called?
West Ham United Football Club are based at Upton Park, in the London Borough of Newham, and have played their home matches at the 35,303 capacity Boleyn Ground stadium since 1904.
The club was originally founded as Thames Ironworks F.C. in 1895 and later reformed, in 1900, as their current incarnation. They initially competed in the Southern League and Western League before joining the full Football League in 1919 and enjoyed their first top flight season in 1923, also featuring in the first FA Cup Final to be held at Wembley.
The fans and club alike are known as 'The Hammers' by the media, partly because of the club's origins as Thames Ironworks company football team.
However, they are also known as 'The Irons' by their own supporters (again, from the club's origins at the Thames Ironworks). The 'The Cockney Boys' is another from their history of being a cockney team as well as 'The Academy of Football', or just 'The Academy', a nickname given, then adopted by West Ham Unite by the media.
So what are they called again?
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