We came together on May 19th of 2012 when West Ham was fighting to get back into the Premier league. Two friends (Richard and Wayne) decided to go to the Londoner in Addison to watch West Ham battle Blackpool to regain entry to the Premier League. To their surprise, about a dozen other Hammers fans decided to do the same. A few beers into the match and an East End lad named Phil approached Wayne and said, “You look like the kinda geezer who likes to organize stuff!” and the Dallas Hammers were born with the gathering of everyone's names and emails.
The next couple years we watched matches at a number of different watering holes including the Allen Wickers, The Vickery Park, The British Lion, and the Londoner. We had no Pub of our own so we became nomads for West Ham leaving our calling card wherever we fancied. We
had a right ole laugh and made some good friends. One time we were watching at the Man City Pub in Frisco and the Satellite TV went out. That didn't stop us from having fun as we huddled around our cell phones. Perfectly in time, on the count of three, we jumped up cheering and all the City fans went quiet! We hadn't scored a goal, but they weren't smart enough to get on their phones and figure it out. We had a lot of fun that day and made some new friends.
In 2015 we started off the season visiting other pubs and West Ham was doing great, beating all opposition and shocking the Top 4 clubs. Of course we out sung other supporters, but we really needed a place to call home. One of our lads suggested we try his local in The Colony and we landed at McSwiggan’s Irish Pub. It was obvious from the first morning, with the hospitality we were shown, that this was was now gonna be our HOME!!! Its a great pub with great staff and we love it there! The Irish Breakfast isn't really Irish but it's big and the place opens up early for us to watch matches!
Thanks to the staff at McSwiggans (Gary, Tom, Kat, Denai, Mo and a few other along the way) we are at our pub for just about every match. Goal scored, bar staff ring the bell, and the pub goes wild!!! What more could a rowdy bunch of West Ham fans ask for? They even splashed out so we can watch via the NBC Gold app, so we don't miss any matches.
We regularly muster up to 30 people at a watch party and our largest to date has been 70 when we took over McSwiggans for England matches!!! We had 53 at our opening West Ham watch party of the 2018-19 season and all ate some good Texas Brisket!!! So come and join us as we are one big West Ham Family and love to see new faces. Who knows... you may never go anywhere else on a weekend again. If you are a Dallas local and plan on visiting our pub, please join our Facebook Group. Just click the icon with the Texas flag in the social media bar. Hope to see you at McSwiggans's!!!
The Dallas Hammers history on the American West Ham Podcast! The American West Ham Podcast is well worth listening to on a regular basis. In this episode, at the 52 minute mark, you can hear a little about the history of how the Dallas Hammers got started. Give it a listen and "Ave a Laugh!"
American Hammers TV is a new YouTube channel for West Ham United fans in the US. They hope to feature every US supporters group.
On this episode they feature an interview with one of our co-founders and he goes into the history of the Dallas Hammers and gives some tips to other West Ham fan groups on how to get started.