5. Vic Watson
Watson is the club’s record goalscorer with 326 goals with 298 league and 28 FA cup. 203 of his league goals were from 295 top-flight appearances. He once scored six, in an 8-2 home win against Leeds on 9 February 1929, scored four goals on three occasions, and managed 13 hat-tricks while at West Ham.
The only player who has come close to Watson’s record is Sir Geoff Hurst with 249 goals. Vic Watson reached the FA Cup with West Ham in 1923, where the Hammers were beaten 2-0 by Bolton in the first-ever game at the old Wembley.
Watson joined West Ham in 1920 for a fee worth only £50 from Wellingborough Town. Watson’s name will be written in West Ham United history books for a long time.
4. Geoff Hurst
Geoff may well be known to football fans across the globe for his part in the England World Cup-winning team of 1966, but to West Ham fans he is certainly more than that. Geoff Hurst was one of the greatest West Ham United players ever, scoring 249 goals for the Hammers.
The three-time Hammer of the Year, helped West Ham win their first-ever FA Cup in 1964. In 2003, Sir Geoff Hurst joined West Ham and England heroes of 1966, Bobby Moore and Martin Peters, in ‘The Champions’ statue outside the Boleyn pub next to Upton Park.
He made it into the UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament in 1968 and was named in the English Football Hall of Fame in 2004. Sir Geoff Hurst will always be remembered for being the only person to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final, but, his successful West Ham career has been overshadowed by that fantastic achievement.
3. Billy Bonds
Billy Bonds is best known for his association with West Ham United, leading the club to a European final during his two decades serving the team. He won trophies and accolades during his time spent moving up and down the leagues with his beloved club, and he shared every moment with the fans no matter the situation.
He joined West Ham from Charlton as a young full-back and went on to make a record 793 appearances for the Hammers in a spell stretching over 20 years. Grit and determination is something West Ham supporters have always been fond of, and it is possible that this derives from Bonds.
His midfield partnership with Trevor Brooking was well-balanced and his tough style made him a firm fan favourite with the West Ham crowd. He was voted ”Hammer of the year” four times in his career. Bonds passed Bobby Moore’s club record of appearances in 1982–83 and ‘officially’ retired in May 1984. He also later managed the club between 1990 and 1994.