West Ham have launched their new 2020/21 home shirt on the club’s 125th anniversary, with the new jersey commemorating that milestone and the Hammers’ wider storied history.
It was 29 June 1895 when employees at Thames Ironworks were told that the company was forming a football club and asked to register their interest in joining as players.
Within only a few years, Thames Ironworks had turned professional and were competing in the Southern League Division 1, adopting the new West Ham name in 1901 following a relaunch.
The 2020/21 shirt, made by Umbro, pays tribute to the club’s lengthy history and features a special badge to celebrate 125 years. The actual look of the kit, meanwhile, draws significant inspiration from the style worn by the Hammers in the golden era of the 1960s.
It was during that time that West Ham enjoyed FA Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup glory, with a team that featured the likes of Bobby More, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters, all of whom had emerged from the club’s famed youth ranks.
All three also won the 1966 World Cup with England, with Hurst and Peters scoring in the iconic final against West Germany and Moore lifting the trophy as captain.
“As a boy, my Dad would tell me all about Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters, about the Academy of Football and how we were one of the most entertaining teams in the world,” current Hammers skipper told the club’s official website.
“This kit instantly reminds me of those the legends wore when they won the FA Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup.
“While we all want to experience more success in the future, West Ham United is a club that will always remember its past and pay respects to its heritage, and this kit does that perfectly.”
White shorts and white socks complete the classic 1960s look.
The kit officially goes on sale from 15 July but can already be pre-ordered online.
Source : 90min