Big response to Hammer of the Year

West Ham United fans have once again demonstrated their passion for the club with over 3,000 votes cast for the 2008/09 Hammer of the Year within the first 24 hours of the poll opening.

Early indications are that it will be an extremely tight contest, with just 300 votes separating the top five players.

The winner and runner-up of Hammer of the Year will be presented with their trophies at the home game with Middlesbrough alongside the Young Hammer of the Year and the Doris Bell Most Improved Player awards, which are voted for by Academy Director Tony Carr.

Any fan casting their vote also stands a chance to win a shirt signed by either the winner of Hammer of the Year or the Goal of the Season competition. To register your vote click here.