And now all eyes are on the East Londoners after their big move to the 60,000 seater Olympic Stadium down the road in Stratford.
West Ham finished last season with a club record Premier League points total and their first positive goal difference since 1986.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic faces a tough ask to improve on last season
Tough act to follow
Dominic Cork made his name with his supreme skills as a bowler but is not short of an opinion or two when it comes to football.
Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Leicester City were being mentioned as the seven hopefuls for the title on talkSPORT.
Dominic Cork spoke up for West Ham in title challenge debate
'Why not West Ham?'
"Can West Ham? Could they... could they challenge?" Cork said on talkSPORT.
"You know, new stadium, (Dimitri) Payet, Bilic, could they? You wouldn't have thought so but why not? If Leicester can then why not West Ham?"
West Ham's new Olympic Stadium
Squad is looking deep and strong
With the prospect of the gruelling Europa League fixture list to factor in West Ham will need to keep their key players fit to push on this season.
But with a host of quality players added to their squad and the chance more will join before the window slams shut in September Bilic's squad should have enough strength in depth.