Fans flock to club stores

West Ham United fans turned up in great numbers this week at the club shops to meet their favourite players and check out the new winter sportswear range.

The three events - two at the stadium store and one at Lakeside shopping centre - were a big hit with the supporters who had the chance to get up close to the players they watch week in, week out at the Boleyn Ground. Those taking part were Dean Ashton, Freddie Ljungberg, James Collins, Mark Noble, Lucas Neill and Robert Green.

While many young and old were delighted with the opportunity, the players also had positive things to say about the experience. Chief among them were the ever-popular Collins and Noble, who were given a round of applause as they entered the Lakeside shop on Wednesday. For the surprised Wales defender, it was a particularly "nice touch".

He said: "The fans have been really friendly and we had a good bit of banter with several of them." All walks of life turned up and many had a novel way of getting autographs. "We weren't asked to sign anything unusual, but we have had a fair few people here in plaster and had to sign those," Collins added.

Check out WHUTV for a series of features from the club shop events while don't worry if you couldn't get along to the stores as you can also shop online by clicking here. While there, why not register for the latest 2007/08 season catalogue and also take advantage of a special discount offer which is running until midday on Monday. Click here for the stadium and Lakeside shop opening hours.