West Ham United's 4-1 Barclays Premier League win over Southampton on Saturday was especially welcomed by one group of fans who had travelled long and far to be at the Boleyn Ground.

Members of the Belfast Hammers Supporters' Club flew in from the Northern Irish capital on the morning of the game, enjoying a few pre-match pints at the Supporters' Club in Castle Street before cheering their heroes on to victory.

Founded in 1999, the Belfast Hammers meet to watch the team in action in their home city and organise regular group excursions to east London to see the team in action in person.

Chairman Ronan Muldoon told West Ham TV that support for the Hammers is strong in the province, where people from all backgrounds were united behind the boys in claret and blue.

"West Ham are very popular in Northern Ireland. The Belfast Hammers have been going for about twelve-and-a-half years now and some of the founder members are still with us, but we're always looking for new members.

"We've got a lot of supporters throughout the province, although we call ourselves the Belfast Hammers. We're open to all. At the minute we have about forty to fifty historic and current members and we're on a recruitment drive to raise the profile of the club.

"Our former chairman Peter O'Prey recently stepped aside and I have come in as the new chairman with new committee members with the remit of building our numbers up. There is a lot of support for West Ham in the province and we're all about a family-oriented club, so it's good.

"We had a very early start in the morning, with the boys and girls meeting at Belfast Airport at 7am for an 8.30am flight to London. We come two or three times a year. We always go to the final game of the season and some of the guys are also going to Tottenham away and Newcastle away as well as a couple of other home games this season. It's good support.

"At home, just like fans would over here, we look forward to supporting our club with a bit of vigour in our local hostelry, which is the House Restaurant in Stranmillis Road in Belfast. It's a good craic and we put our flag up and it's a good day out for everyone."

For more information about the Belfast Hammers, click here or grab a copy of the Official Programme for the Barclays Premier League visit of Manchester City on 3 November.

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