West Ham 2015/16 shirt revealed: Hammers fans love the new Boleyn kit so much, they broke the club's official website

One fan argued that it is 'best in Premier League history'

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West Ham United can do no wrong at the moment.

With the club mutually parting ways with Sam Allardyce - a manager who was never a favourite with the Hammers faithful - and replacing him with club legend Slaven Bilic, the East Londoners unveiled their new kit today, paying homage to their home ground for the last 111 years, Upton Park - better known as the Boleyn.

Made by Umbro, the club's first kit manufacturer, the claret and blue strip mirrors the one worn by players during the stadium’s inaugural season back in 1904.

The replica shirt is simple, with a rounded collar and the thin white lines of last season's number are gone, leaving just the traditional claret and blue.

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In a touch of class, the back of the shirt has (in small print) "Boleyn Ground, 1904-2016", with the outline of the famous John Lyall gates featured in gold.

The kit has so far received near unanimous praise from fans on social media, with many even struggling to access the club's offical store to buy the new shirt, which is available to pre-order for £49.99.

Here are just some of the tweets from Happy Hammers, with many calling it a "thing of beauty" and a vast improvement on last year's kit, which was made by Adidas and was a homage to the team's glory days in the mid-1980s. One blog even posed the question: "best West Ham kit in modern times?"

In an interview with the BBC today, West Ham co-chairman David Gold said he expects the Hammers will fill the 54,000 seats at the Olympic Stadium when they move their in the 2016/2017 season.

He also said the East London club would challenge the Premier League's big five teams and that he wanted the Irons to win the Europa League this year. Their first Europa match is at the start of July, a full month before the Premier League kicks off, with West Ham playing Arsenal away.

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