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Boleyn Ground Milestones ...

The outer wall of the old South Bank terrace, where visiting supporters traditionally entered the ground

Aerial 01

Aerial view showing a roofless North Bank and the West Stand

circa 1925

16th April 1953 saw the Hammers play their first home game under floodlights and they beat Tottenham Hotspur in a friendly. The original floodlighting were mounted on 80' pylons at each corner of the ground.

South Bank 01 Boleyn Ground Graphic

Sir Trevor Brooking Stand

Bobby Moore Stand

In August 1944 the Boleyn Ground is hit by a German V-1 Flying Bomb which landed on the south-west corner of the pitch. This forced the team to play 14 consecutive games away from the Boleyn Ground while repairs were carried out, but it did not seem to affect performances as they managed nine consecutive victories. Upon their return to the ground on the 2nd December, they lost 1-0 to Tottenham Hotspur.


1936 South Bank

South Bank circa: 1936


Thursday 1st September 1904

West Ham United kick-off their first match at the Boleyn Ground by beating Millwall 3-0 in front of 10,000 spectators. The gate may have been doubled had the game been played on the Saturday.


The Hammers are elected to the Football League and £4,000 spent on improvements at the Boleyn Ground, including a new East Stand which becomes affectionately known as 'The Chicken Run' These improvements raise the capacity to 30,000


A new West Stand is built with the money earned from the 1923 FA Cup Final run. Covered terracing for a further 10,000 spectators is situated underneath. The official opening was against Manchester United 29 August 1925, West Ham won 1-0


The floodlight system was completely renewed in the summer of 1970 with the installation comprising of 81 1,000-watt compact-source mercury-iodine lamps on each pylon, producing an overall output of 324,000-watts suitable for colour TV coverage

All four sides of the ground become covered when a roof is added to the North Bank


In May the Chicken Run is demolished to make way for a new cantilever East Stand witha capacity of 3,500 seats and 4,000 standing



The new £5 million, 7,600 seater Bobby Moore Stand is opened, a year after the Hammers legend died


Start of a £35 million redevelopment, which includes the opening of the Centenary Stand, named to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Club as Thames Ironworks FC


Over £1 million is spent on installing a new pitch and a revolutionary undersoil heating system


The old West Stand is demolished as work starts on the new Dr. Martens Stand


In August the Upper Tier of the Dr. Martens Stand, named after the Club Sponsors, is opened for the first home match of the season against Leeds United. In November the Lower Tier is opened for the visit of Tottenham Hotspur to complete the magnificent 15,500 seater stand. Incorporated are 72 Executive Boxes that double as hotel rooms


In February a new all-seated attendance record is created when 35,420 pack the Boleyn Ground for the visit of Middlesbrough. On Thursday 9th May, the Dr. Martens Stand is officially opened by HM The Queen as part of her Golden Jubilee celebrations in East London.

Standing terraces in England were phased out in 1989 after Lord Justice Taylor's report into the Hillsborough disaster. During an FA Cup semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield, ninety-six Liverpool fans were killed because of over-crowding.

Immediately after the Hillsborough Disaster, the Home Office set up an inquiry under Lord Justice Taylor. It's remit was: "To inquire into the events at Sheffield Wednesday Football ground on 15th April 1989 and to make recommendations about the needs of crowd control and safety at sports events". The inquiry, which was held in Sheffield, began on the15th May 1989 and lasted thirty-one days.  


The Taylor Report recommended that all top division stadiums in England and Scotland phase out their concrete terraces and become all-seater. The result of this report has seen millions of pounds spent by every top club in these countries on developing their grounds. While many fans have complained that the elimination of the standing terraces has ruined the atmosphere at matches, it seems clear that all-seater stadiums are far safer as it is easier to manage spectators if each ticket sold is for a specific seat.  



Throughout 2006, talk was rife of West Ham moving to the as yet unbuilt Olympic Stadium with speculation increasing after new club owner Eggert Magnusson confirmed he was interested in a move there. The fans in general opposed the move. However, talks broke down between the club and the Olympic Committee after it was announced that the Stadium would be reduced to 25,000 all-seater after the Olympic Games, which is 10,000 less than the current Boleyn Ground capacity, and of more concern to Hammers supporters the stadium would be keeping its running track around the parimeter of the pitch.

West Ham United's new owners David Gold and David Sullivan reignited the debate about the future of the Olympic Stadium in Stratford by signalling their intention to occupy it after the 2012 Games. By February 2011 it became a reality.

(The story to be continued.......)




Bomb Damage West Stand - Bomb damage


The record gate was probably for West Ham's FA Cup Third round tie against Tottenham Hotspur on 8 January 1927, when 44,417 reportedly attended and saw Vic Watson score a hat-trick in the 3-2 victory, but this cannot officially be confirmed due to the fact that club records were lost when the ground suffered severe damage during the Second World War.

The official record attendance is 42,322 the number who saw the First Division game against Tottenham Hotspur on 17 October 1970. Since the Safety of Sports Grounds Act was introduced the capacity was cut to 35,500 and then to 29,627 of which 11,600 were seats.

Aerial Proposed design

Timeline to the Olympic Stadium

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Dr Martens Stand

Alpari Stand

Betway Stand

Ground North Bank Boleyn Ground Milestones East Stand South Bank West Stand For the Record