With gale-force winds reaching 80 miles an hour in the south-east and many train services cancelled because of the weather, it was a measure of the loyalty and devotion of Hammers fans that an attendance of 34,117 was recorded at the Boleyn Ground.
With the game also being shown live on Sky TV, many of those supporters also had the option of watching the match from the comfort and warmth of their own armchairs, and that support, on what turned out to be a disappointing afternoon for everyone concerned, is much appreciated by the players and management.
Said Press Officer Peter Stewart: "Considering the dreaful weather conditions that affected many roads and railway lines on Sunday - not to mention the fact that the game was live on television, it really was amazing that Upton Park was almost sold out.
"It is testament to the dedication and loyal support of our fans that so many of them turned out to cheer on the team, and we would like them all to know that it is greatly appreciated by everyone at the Club.
"It is just sad the team didn't provide the performance and result that the fans deserved, but manager Glenn Roeder and all the players are extremely grateful for the terrific support and will be doing all they can to ensure we get that first win at Upton Park as soon as possible.
"Yesterday's attendance showed just why West Ham fans are so special, and such a tremendous level of support will be so important to the Club in the coming weeks."