Academy party special

Young Hammers fans flocked to the first of this year's Youth Academy Christmas parties at the Boleyn Ground.

Several members of the first-team squad were present led by captain Matthew Upson.

They signed autographs and posed for pictures while the gathered youngsters enjoyed a special festive party with Father Christmas the guest of honour. The kids played party games, danced to Christmas songs and enjoyed a special balloon entertainer.

The second Youth Academy Christmas party will be held this coming Sunday at the Boleyn Ground. Click here for all the latest information for the event, which is aimed at eleven to 13-year-olds.

YOUTH ACADEMY PARTY GALLERY

Valon Behrami and Matthew Upson

The players were more than happy to sign autographs for the excited youngsters

Lars Jacobsen, Luis Boa Morte and Benni McCarthy

No Lars Christmas headlines here!

Valon Behrami and Matthew Upson

Valon Behrami and Matthew Upson smile for another photo

Junior Hammers Party

After that the young supporters got the chance to enjoy the party

Mascot

Bubbles the Bear was also on hand to meet the fans

Junior Hammers Party

Father Christmas was naturally the star attraction though