Sport has always been popular, especially football. Many workers from the port played for their local pub football team and employers often started up teams.
West Ham United's original players were in fact employees at the Thames Ironworks. They gained their nickname 'The Hammers' from the days of hammering rivets.
All along the river, there were famous rowing races as well as 'Sports Days' where dockworkers could compete in games ranging from donkey races to treacle pudding races.
John used to belong to a sports club:
Sport remains a favourite pastime for many Londoners. Local facilities provide venues for people to play a huge range of sports from football to skateboarding.
What has diminished however, are the strong ties to local teams, particularly in football, thanks to the increased international status of the sport.
Chris lives in London but supports Portsmouth:
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