West Ham United supporters from across the world are invited to share their stories for a new online feature entitled 'We all follow the West Ham'.

With fans in dozens of countries and Official Supporters' Club representation in many of them, the Hammers have fans in all corners of the globe.

A recent request for messages of support on social media saw the Club receive tweets from as far afield as Australia, Indonesia, Canada, India, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, the United States and all over Europe.

With more than 50 affiliated Supporters' Clubs based around the world, thousands of fans congregate regularly to watch the Hammers in action on television in bars, restaurants, social clubs, houses and apartments. The same groups also make pilgrimages to the Boleyn Ground each and every season to watch their heroes in action live.

To recognise this amazing level of support, the official website will recognise a different group of loyal fans every week here on whufc.com. If you would like to be interviewed about you or your group, please send an email to programme@westhamunited.co.uk with 'We all follow the West Ham' in the subject line.

To begin the series, we have spoken to the Toronto Hammers about supporting the Hammers from Canada's largest city.

When you think of Canadian sport, you probably think of ice hockey, Formula 1 driver Jacques Villeneuve and Montreal-born British tennis player Greg Rusedski.

Thanks to the Toronto Hammers, though, West Ham United and the Barclays Premier League are growing in popularity in the world's second-largest country.

With three MLS clubs - Toronto FC, Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps - and a recently-expanded professional Canadian Soccer League, football is becoming ever more popular.

Toronto Hammers founder Travis Reidy is one of a band of West Ham supporters who meet regularly to share their love of both the Hammers and local side Toronto FC.

"Toronto Hammers were formed in mid-August 2012," said Reidy. "The group was formed through the use of social media to get in contact with fellow supporters in the greater Toronto area and arrange weekly meetings to watch the matches and discuss all things West Ham.

"The founding members were Travis Reidy, Matt Cox, a Season Ticket Holder in the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand who has moved to Toronto, lifelong supporter Stuart Tyler, who moved from London over 30 years ago, and his son Gavin, who wanted to meet up for all the matches.

"Interest in soccer in Canada is relatively low, but has been growing slowly. There is good television broadcasting of the Premier League which has broadened the awareness, but soccer is still not a core sport. That said, apparently soccer is a key sport for children's physical education these days, so there is a growing awareness and interest in playing the sport, which inevitably leads to a keener interest in watching global soccer."

Reidy and his friends are certainly doing their best to increase interest in the beautiful game.

Despite being formed by four fans just 15 months ago, the Toronto Hammers have already attracted more than 100 Facebook likes and nearly 350 Twitter followers.

"This season we meet for every match at the Dog and Bear Pub in Queen Street and our group has grown to about 15 members who I am in contact with on a weekly basis and continues to grow each week," Reidy confirmed.

"We have a growing presence in Toronto. Through extensive use of social media we've come to realise there are a number of closet fans who are in locations in and around Toronto with a keen interest in watching the Irons weekly.

"Once we have a regular recurring group, we will look to get more 'soccer' fans in general, and try to acquire new fans and grow the brand in Toronto."

This season, a number of members will also be flying across the Atlantic Ocean to watch matches in person, with trips scheduled for the visits of Chelsea, Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion and the trip to Manchester United.

Plans are also in place for a 900-mile round trip to the American city of Chicago to meet the Chicago Hammers.

Toronto Hammers
The Toronto Hammers meet regularly to watch games on TV

When they do meet up to watch matches, talk among the Toronto Hammers is generally positive when it comes to the Club's current situation.

"Off the pitch, we are very happy with the work the Chairmen have done for the Club; it's a pleasure to have owners who have a genuine love for the Club and are in regular communication with the fans.

"On the pitch, there is a good foundation, but we still miss some key ingredients and are certainly not in a position to be looking above top ten quite yet."

*Are you an overseas-based West Ham United supporter or supporters' group? If so, please email programme@westhamunited.co.uk with your details to arrange an interview.