Benni and Fabio in store

Benni McCarthy and Fabio Daprela have met supporters young and old at a special signing session held at West Ham United's club store at Lakeside.

The pair signed autographs for fans, many of whom were enjoying the second week of their Easter school holidays.

Both players posed for pictures as they signed footballs, shirts, autograph books and even a chef's hat bought by a supporter in the shop as they queued up to meet the players.

South Africa striker McCarthy and Switzerland Under-19 defender Daprela were more than happy to meet with fans and were delighted to receive good luck messages for the rest of the season. All in store were on a high following the team's important victory over Sunderland last weekend.

McCarthy said: "It was good to meet fans and it was fun too. Everyone had a good word to say and it was nice for them to make time to come and meet us. I hope they enjoyed it as much as we did."

Daprela added: "It is always good to meet the fans and they have been fantastic supporting us this season. We are all together, fans and the team, in looking to try and keep the good results up now until the end of the season."

Robert Green and Julien Faubert are due to be at the Stadium store from 3pm on Friday 16 April in the second of the two special signing sessions this week. Please note all player appearances are subject to change and fans should keep an eye on for any updates.

As with Tuesday's event, anyone planning to attend on Friday is advised to get there early to avoid missing out. In order to ensure as many fans are catered for as possible and to avoid exploitation by professional autograph dealers, players can only sign items purchased from the shop on the day.

For store opening times and directions click here