When, how and why was group founded?
DC Hammers was officially formed in 2013 as a way of bringing supporters based in DC, USA together to do what they do best, support the Irons. Since the arrival of a few UK Hammers fans to the DC area, we have made a big push to raise our profile and ensure that there is a West Ham community out there for fellow fans to join.
How many members in your group today?
We currently have about 10 members who regularly meet up to watch the games. This has increased significantly this season as our profile has risen and continues to do so as we randomly meet fellow Hammers around the city and invite them along to join us. We have even had a few Hammers from different cities and states come along to meet us when they have been visiting DC.
Where do you watch games?
We currently meet to watch games at Fado Irish Bar in the Chinatown area of DC. This bar is renowned for broadcasting Premier League games, even opening their doors for the early kick offs. The bar always ensures West Ham will be one of the games shown. Not to mention, they do great Guinness!
How many times do members travel to games?
Being in the States and only recently increasing our numbers, it has been difficult to arrange a ‘club’ trip to the games. However, we have members who make their own trips and have been to a large number of games ranging from the 1975 FA Cup final, the Championship play-offs against Ipswich and the most recent play-off final against Blackpool.
What has been your most memorable day as a supporters’ club?
It was last season while watching the one-all draw with Man United. Although it was a gutting finale, we completely outnumbered and out-sang the United fans throughout, showing how far he have come over the past year.
What are the benefits of being part of your group?
Having friends to share the highs and lows of West Ham with.