Alfie to lead out the Hammers on Sunday

Our unique charity auction, giving one lucky young supporter the chance to be the matchday mascot for our FA Cup semi-final against Middlesbrough on Sunday, ended with a fantastic winning bid of £4,000.00.

Alan Pardew's men will be led out at Villa Park by 10-year-old Alfie Shea (pictured above), from High Ongar, Essex, whose step-father Andy Russell was the winning bidder in our auction.

Alfie is originally from Stratford but recently moved to High Ongar and attends High Ongar primary school. He is a season ticket holder in the Dr Martens Stand lower tier and his favourite player is Teddy Sheringham.

Alfie's hobbies are football, boxing and playing FIFA 2006 on the PlayStation, and he will be accompanied at the semi-final by his mum Carla and Andy, who he also attends home matches with.

We hope Alfie enjoys a memorable day and proves to be a lucky mascot for Hammers as we attempt to reach the FA Cup final for the first time in 26 years.

The auction was held to raise money to help the young family of Ian Jackson, a long-serving and loyal member of staff at Upton Park, who tragically died back in January.

West Ham United would like to thank everyone who placed a bid in the auction and helped to raise such a substantial sum of money for this worthy cause.