Barnsley in pictures

A sold-out Boleyn Ground crowd saw the Hammers win 1-0 at home to Barnsley on Saturday - and the cameras were there to capture the best moments.

The 35k attendance was the second-biggest in England on the day, magnificent support that led Joint-Chairman David Sullivan to send a message of thanks to every single supporter who turned out on a freezing day in east London.

West Ham United end the weekend just a point behind leaders Southampton and go to Birmingham City on Boxing Day in good spirits.

Mr Sullivan said: "It was superb to see the stadium full like that and I am sure it played a part in the team getting a much-needed victory. As a Board we wanted to cut prices in the last home game before Christmas and we were rewarded with fantastic support.

"Although season ticket holders still get the best value over the whole campaign, and we just had a 20 per cent discount weekend for them in the club stores, it is important that we fill Upton Park. The next home game on 2 January against Coventry City is Kids for a Quid and we hope we can have another full house.

"I'd like to thank everyone again for their terrific support this year and wish them a great Christmas."



Hammerhead made his Boleyn Ground bow on Saturday


The mascot proved a big hit with young fans

Daniel Potts

But Daniel Potts, 17, was the main man once the game started

Papa Bouba Diop

Papa Bouba Diop headed the Hammers in front on six minutes


And took the plaudits from his fellow happy Hammers

Papa Bouba Diop

Diop played his part at both ends, helping the back four out too

Carlton Cole

Carlton Cole nearly scored a stunning second with a great solo run

Carlton Cole

The striker's anger at himself for missing was clear for all to see

Henri Lansbury

Henri Lansbury returned from injury and filled in at right-back late on

Sam Allardyce

The manager's frustration saw him sent to the stands but the team held on