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Women In Football – Cigdem Turkan – West Ham United

On this week’s show I talk with Cigdem Turkan from West Ham United Football Club about her role in football.

West Ham United Football Club are an English professional football club based in Upton Park, East London and currently playing in the Premier League.

In 1904 the club relocated to their current Boleyn Ground stadium. They initially competed in the Southern League and Western League before eventually joining the full Football League in 1919 and subsequently enjoyed promotion to the top flight for the 1923 season. 1923 also saw the club feature in the first FA Cup Final to be held at Wembley against Bolton Wanderers.

In 1940 the team won the inaugural Football League War Cup. The club have won the FA Cup three times: in 1964, 1975 and 1980 as well as being runners-up twice, in 1923 and 2006. In 1965, they won the European Cup Winners Cup, and in 1999 they won the Intertoto Cup.

They are one of eight existent clubs never to have fallen below the second tier of English football, spending 55 of 87 league seasons in Division 1 to 2013. However, unlike the other seven (Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur), the club has never won the league title. The club’s best final league position is third place in the 1985–86 First Division.

Three West Ham players played significant roles in the England’s victory in the 1966 World Cup final: captain Bobby Moore, and both goalscorers, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters.