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Key Dates in West Ham's History

 
1895 Thames Ironworks founded.
1900 Renamed West Ham United. Elected to Southern League.
1904 First game played at the Boleyn Ground. Beat Millwall 3-0.
1919 Elected to Football League Division Two.
1923 Reached FA Cup Final at Wembley, losing 0-2 to Bolton Wanderers.
1923 Promoted to Football League Division One.
1932 Relegated to Football League Division Two.
1940 Won Football League Wartime Cup Final at Wembley, beating Blackburn Rovers 1-0.
1958 Won Football League Division Two.
1964 Won FA Cup Final at Wembley, beating Preston North End 3-2. Became first all-English XI to win the competition at Wembley Stadium.
1965 Won European Cup Winners Cup Final at Wembley, beating TSV Munich 1860 2-0.
1966 Reached Football League Cup Final, losing 3-5 on aggregate to West Bromwich Albion in a two-legged contest.
1966 Three West Ham players make a dramatic impact in England's 4-2 World Cup Final victory over West Germany at Wembley, Bobby Moore captaining the side, Geoff Hurst scoring 3 of the goals and Martin Peters netting the other.
1975 Won FA Cup Final at Wembley, beating Fulham 2-0.
1976 Reached European Cup Winners Cup Final at the ill-fated Heysel Stadium, Belgium, losing 2-4 to Anderlecht.
1978 Relegated to Football League Division Two.
1980 Won FA Cup Final at Wembley, beating Arsenal 1-0. No side outside the top division has since won the FA Cup.
1981 Reached Football League Cup Final at Wembley, holding Liverpool to a 1-1 draw, then losing the replay at Villa Park 1-2.
1981 Won Football League Division Two with a then-record points total.
1986 Achieved highest-ever League placing of third in Football League Division One.
1989 Relegated to Football League Division Two.
1991 Promoted to Football League Division One.
1992 Relegated to Football League Division One. *
1993 The club's most famous player, Bobby Moore, passes away after a long battle against bowel cancer.
1993 Promoted to Premier League.
1999 Won Inter Toto Cup beating Metz 3-2 on aggregate in a two-legged contest. The result meant qualification for the UEFA Cup, and the club reached the second round.
2003 Relegated to Football League Division One.
2004 Reached Division One Play-Off Final at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, losing 0-1 to Crystal Palace.
2004 One of the club's finest and longest-serving players, Trevor Brooking, receives a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
2005 Promoted to the Premier League after beating Preston North End 1-0 in the Coca-Cola Championship Play-Off Final at The Millennium Stadium. #
2006 The club's two most successful managers, Ron Greenwood and John Lyall both passed away during the year.
2006 Reached FA Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium, losing in a penalty shoot-out after a 3-3 draw aet. The game has been widely described as one of the best-ever FA Cup Finals. Reaching the final meant that the club qualified for next season's UEFA Cup.
2007 The controversial "Tevez" season ends with West Ham pulling off an incredible escape from relegation, but the financial losses to fines and law suits cost the club in excess of 20m
2009 The club is saved from financial disaster by the "Porn Barons", multi-millionaire businessmen David Sullivan and David Gold.

* Note 1: The FA Premier League was formed in 1992/93. As a result, Football League Division One became the equivalent of the old Division Two.

# Note 2: in 2004/05, Division One was renamed "The Coca-Cola Championship".

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