What. A. Season.
Given the campaign we’ve just witnessed, it’s fair to say this crop of players will be up there with the likes of the Boys of ’86 and the squad from the final season at Upton Park.
It’s been a while since we, as fans, had a real connection with a West Ham team, but at the moment that relationship is arguably the highest it’s been for decades.
It was a historic season that saw us break club records, set obscure league records along the way and, eventually, secure a sixth-placed finish and a spot in next season’s Europa League group stage.
It could’ve been a top-four finish, having fallen just two points off the pace, but it still remains one of the best seasons in modern West Ham history.
So, to celebrate such a feat, below is our season in numbers, including a very interesting stat involving David Moyes…
– West Ham became the first team in Premier League history to avoid defeat in a game having trailed by three or more goals as late as the 81st minute, when they drew 3-3 at Spurs in October 2020.
– Jesse Lingard became only the second player to score twice on his Premier League debut for the Hammers, after Trevor Sinclair against Everton in January 1998.
West Ham finished in the top six for just the second time in Premier League history, after finishing 5th under Harry Redknapp 22 years ago (1998/1999).
– West Ham’s nine Premier League away wins is now a club record.
– 65 is now a club record for Premier League points in a single season.
– 19 is now a club record for Premier League wins in a single season.
– Only Man City (41 points) enjoyed a better home record than West Ham (34 points) in the 2020/2021 Premier League season.
– West Ham spent just 19.1% of their season in losing positions, the fourth-lowest in the Premier League (behind Man United, Liverpool and Man City).
– And the Hammers were in winning positions for 33.9% of the time, the fourth-highest in the Premier League (behind Chelsea, Man City and Tottenham).
– West Ham spent a total of 27 days in the Premier League’s top-four in 2020/2021.
– West Ham finished with a positive goal difference (+15) for only the second time in their Premier League history.
– Having finished 6th, West Ham have now finished in every position between 5th and 19th in the Premier League since their first season in the top-flight (1993/1994).
– The Hammers qualified for European competition for just the 9th time in history, only the third time via our final league position.
– In his second spell, David Moyes now has a win percentage of 44.62% (all competitions), which is currently the best win ratio in the club’s history.
– If you combine his two spells, Moyes still has the best win ratio (39.58%, all competitions) of any Hammers manager since Alan Pardew (41.10%).
– Mark Noble’s 25 appearances in all competitions took him to 527 West Ham appearances, which puts him 7th in the club’s all-time appearance standings. He needs to make 22 more to overtake Jimmy Ruffell into 6th.