Joint-Chairman David Sullivan has praised West Ham United fans for your outstanding support during Saturday's 2-0 Barclays Premier League win over Cardiff City.

The Hammers were roared on by a capacity Boleyn Ground crowd - the 18th straight home sellout - as goals from Joe Cole and Kevin Nolan scored a fantastic opening-day victory over the newly-promoted Bluebirds.

With West Ham legend Billy Bonds MBE receiving the Club's inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award and being presented to the Claret and Blue Army before kick-off, the Joint-Chairman lauded the atmosphere at the Academy of Football.

"The players got a truly magnificent reception," said Mr Sullivan. "The appreciation you showed for a true West Ham legend Billy Bonds was second to none and illustrates just what a special Club this is.

"From the singing of 'Bubbles' before the game and throughout the 90 minutes, you never stopped singing and encouraging the players and we were all rewarded with a deserved win.

"Cardiff's supporters are recognised as one of the most vociferous groups fans in the league and you completely drowned 3,000 of them out!"

Kevin Nolan scores in front of West Ham United fans
Kevin Nolan celebrates in front of the West Ham United fans

The Joint-Chairman also expressed his thanks to supporters for helping the Club to achieve record matchday takings at the Stadium Store, and apologised to fans who could not be served due to the unprecedented level of business.

"We had a record day's takings at the Stadium Store on Saturday, which is yet another illustration of your unrivalled commitment to West Ham United and is hugely appreciated by myself, the Board and everyone at the Club," Mr Sullivan added.

"Sadly, due to the capacity of the Stadium Store, it was not possible to process all potential purchases before the Cardiff game. We can only apologise for this inconvenience and urge fans who want to buy their new adidas kits and other merchandise to arrive early for the Cheltenham Town and Stoke City games next week.

"Of course this issue will be solved when we move to the Olympic Stadium, when we will not be restricted by the size of the Store and number of tills in operation."

Looking forward to Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to Newcastle United, the Joint-Chairman thanked the thousands of Hammers making the longest away journey of the season for their loyalty to the cause.

"I know you will be there at St James' Park again in your thousands and I can only express my respect for your dedication and devotion to West Ham United," he added.

"You invest time and money in supporting our great Club and myself, the Board, the staff and the players are all hugely appreciative, so thank you."

Finally, West Ham host League Two side Cheltenham Town in the Capital One Cup second round on Tuesday 27 August, with the Board again showing their commitment to making football affordable for all.

All Adult, Young Adult and Over-65s tickets are priced at just £10 when purchased in advance, while Under-16s can secure a seat for just £5.

"We want to fill the Boleyn again, so ticket prices have been set at a level that everyone can afford," Mr Sullivan explained.

"Every West Ham fan loves a cup tie under the lights at the Boleyn Ground and I'm no different, so I hope to see as many as possible of you there as we start our way down the road to Wembley.

"Thanks again for your amazing support!"

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