West Ham United is one of the biggest clubs to come from London. The club was founded in 1895 as Thames Ironworks and reformed in 1900 as West Ham United. Many great players played have for the club over the years and today let us have a look at West Ham United top goalscorers of all time.
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10. Martin Peters [Goals -100, Apps -364]
Peters came through the productive ranks at West Ham United after signing as an apprentice in 1959. He made his debut on Good Friday 1962 in a 4–1 home win against Cardiff City. He scored his first goal for West Ham in a 6–1 away win at Manchester City on 8 September 1962.
He established himself as a first team regular and was victorious at Wembley when West Ham won the European Cup Winners Cup with victory over 1860 Munich in 1965.
Feeling he was in the shadows of Bobby Moore and Geoff Hurst, Peters left the club in March 1970 for Tottenham Hotspur.
9. Malcolm Musgrove [Goals -100,Apps -300]
Malcolm Musgrove joined West Ham United in December 1953.At West Ham, he soon established himself as a left-winger, making his league debut in 1954 against Brentford.
He played a key role in West Ham’s promotion in 1957-58 season and continued his good form in top division too. He was voted Hammer of the Year for 1959-60 season.
8. Trevor Brooking [Goals-102,Apps -643]
Brooking was primarily right-footed, but was comfortable on his left foot. He played as an attacking midfield player, known for his controlled passing and midfield authority.
He played most of his career for West Ham United making 643 appearances for the club. He won the 1975 FA Cup and the 1980 FA Cup in which he scored the only goal.
He was adjudged the club’s player of the season on a record five occasions-1971/72, 1975/76, 1976/77, 1977/78, 1983/84. He received West Ham United Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.
7. Pop Robson [Goals-104,Apps -255]
In February 1971 he became West Ham United’s record purchase when he signed for £120,000.He scored on his debut against Nottingham Forest on 24 February 1971. He was West Ham’s leading scorer in two of his three seasons at Upton Park,winning the Hammer of the Year in 1972-73 season.
He left the club for Sunderland in 1974 but returned to Upton Park after two seasons.He stayed with West Ham for 3 more seasons before leaving the club in 1979.
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6. Johnny Byrne [Goals- 108,Apps- 206]
Johnny Byrne joined West Ham United from Crystal Palace in 1962.He played eleven games in his first season, scoring a single goal, in a 4–1 home win against Cardiff City, in April 1962.
The 1962–63 season saw him score 14 goals in all competitions, only one behind leading scorer Geoff Hurst.In the 1963–64 season he beat Bobby Moore to the “Hammer of the Year” award for the season, as West Ham won the FA Cup.Byrne had amassed 33 goals from 45 games in all competitions for this season overtaking Hurst as top goalscorer.
In Europe West Ham competed in the 1964–65 European Cup Winners’ Cup. Byrne scored in the first round against La Gantoise, the third round against Lausanne and a goal in the semi-finals against Real Zaragoza.Unfortunately, for Byrne, he was injured and did not play in the final against Munich 1860 at Wembley Stadium which West Ham won 2–0.
After spending five years with the club,Byrne left West Ham in February 1967.
5. Tony Cottee [Goals-146,Apps-336]
He was a prolific goalscorer especially in his days,Cottee began his career at West Ham, where he made his first team debut in the First Division against Tottenham Hotspur on 1 January 1983, at the age of 17, scoring in the process. He played a total of eight games in the 1982–83 season, scoring five goals. He established himself in the first team during the 1983–84 season and scored 15 times in the league. He did even better in 1984–85, when he scored 17 First Division goals. By the age of 20, he had already managed an impressive 37 league goals.
He was voted the PFA Young Player of the Year in 1986, the year where West Ham finished third and came just four points away from the title. He scored 20 times in the league during that season.
In 1988 Cottee briefly became the most expensive player to be signed by a British club when on 2 August 1988 he joined Everton in a £2.2 million deal.
4. Jimmy Ruffell [Goals-166,Apps-548]
Ruffell was signed by West Ham United in March 1920, and he made his debut against Port Vale the following year and went on to make 548 senior appearances for the Hammers, a record that wasn’t beaten until Bobby Moore surpassed it in 1973. He scored a total of 166 goals, placing him above many of West Ham’s finest strikers in the club’s records, and was the club’s top scorer for the 1927-28 and 1934-35 seasons.
In 1923, he was part of the team that contested the first FA Cup Final to be staged at Wembley Stadium, known as The White Horse Final.However they were beaten by Bolton Wanderers 2-0 in the final.
After 17 years with West Ham,Ruffell left the east London club in 1937.
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3. John Dick [Goals-166,Apps-351]
Born in Glasgow, John Dick became a prolific goalscorer for West Ham United.He joined West Ham in 1953 from Crittall Athletic while on National Service.
He spent nine years at the club,making 351 appearances for the club, mainly at inside left. He scored 166 goals for West Ham in all competitions,placing him joint third on the club’s all-time top scorers list.
He eventually moved to Brentford for an incoming record £17,500 transfer fee.He was later in charge of West Ham Juniors.He passed away in 2000.
2. Geoff Hurst [Goals-252,Apps-502]
Geoff Hurst is widely remembered as the only man to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final as England recorded a 4–2 victory over West Germany at the old Wembley in 1966.
Hurst’s footballing career began when he was apprenticed to West Ham United at the age of 15 and turned professional at the club four months later.He went on to make 502 appearances for the club scoring 252 goals in the process.
He won the FA Cup in 1964 and the European Cup Winners’ Cup 1965 during his time with the club.He was voted Hammer of the Year thrice in 1965/66, 1966/67 and 1968/69. He was awarded with West Ham United Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.
1. Vic Watson [Goals-326,Apps-505]
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 scored 13 hat-tricks while at West Ham.
Vic was brought from Wellingborough for just £50 in 1920.He once scored six, in an 8-2 home win against Leeds on 9 February 1929, scored four goals on three occasions. He left the club for Southampton in 1936.