Belfast Telegraph

How the Hammers of then and now compare

West Ham's long and remarkable history at Upton Park began 112 years ago against Millwall Athletic.

Here, Press Association Sport compares that first ever game at the Boleyn Ground with the opening game of this season, their last campaign before the Hammers move to the Olympic Stadium.


DATE: Thursday, September 1, 1904/Saturday, August 15, 2015

NAME: The Castle/Upton Park

DIVISION: Southern League First Division/Barclays Premier League

OPPONENTS: Millwall Athletic/Leicester

MANAGER: Syd King/Slaven Bilic

TEAM: Matthew Kingsley, Herbert 'Tommy' Bamlett, Dave Gardner, Tommy Allison, Frank Piercy, John Russell, William McCartney, Jack Fletcher, Billy Bridgeman, Charles Simmons, Jack Flynn/A drian, Carl Jenkinson, Winston Reid, Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Cresswell, Mark Noble, Reece Oxford, Cheikhou Kouyate, Mauro Zarate, Diafra Sakho, Dimitri Payet

RESULT: 3-0/1-2

SCORERS: Billy Bridgeman (2), Jack Flynn/Dimitri Payet

ATTENDANCE: 10,000/34,857

KIT: Claret and blue shirt, white shorts, claret socks/Claret and blue shirt, white shorts, claret socks

REPORT: Daily Mirror: "Favoured by the weather turning fine after heavy rains of the morning, West Ham United began their season most auspiciously yesterday evening; when they beat Millwall by 3 goals to 0 on their new enclosure at Upton Park."/Press Association: "Slaven Bilic had seen his side impress in winning at Arsenal but tasted his first league defeat as manager of the Hammers, who reduced the deficit through Dimitri Payet's first goal for the club only to have goalkeeper Adrian sent off in the closing stages."


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