6. Johnny Byrne
One of the finest strikers in West Ham United history, Johnny Byrne signed for the club from Crystal Palace in 1962. Signed for £65,000 in March 1962, Byrne initially struggled to bring his prolific form to the First Division, scoring just once in his first eleven appearances, but the 1962/63 season saw him settle into life in the top flight.
He overall scored 108 goals in 206 appearances between 1962 and 1967 and also won the Hammer of the Year award in 1964.
5. Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson
Pop Robson joined the Hammers in a record £120,000 move from Newcastle United in February 1971. Robson had two spells with the Hammers, firstly following his northeast departure after nine years on Tyneside, and then again between 1976 and 1979.
Robson amassed 255 appearances across his two stints with West Ham, scoring 104 goals in the process. He was voted Hammer of the Tear in 1973 and was the League’s top scorer in the same year.
4. Paolo Di Canio
The reason Di Canio is widely regarded as one of West Ham’s greatest players probably comes down to his explosive yet fun-filled personality. He spent a relatively short time at Upton Park compared to the others in this list but still deserves his place in West Ham history.
Di Canio is West Ham’s greatest contemporary icon, resembling the style and skill which has been seen throughout football’s modern age of the Premier League and foreign imports. Winner of Hammer of the Year in 2000, Di Canio scored 51 goals for the club in 141 matches.