From the Boardroom - David Gold

I am thrilled with the news that Ladies team are now being brought into the West Ham United family and this is the start of a new era.

I know our fans will be excited about this move and hopefully this will help raise the profile and give our Ladies team every chance to be successful in the future.

This is an opportunity that will give young women the chance to showcase their talents and give them a chance to represent the famous claret and blue.

I have been a big advocator of bringing the Ladies team in-house and we have faced some issues in the past which has stopped us from doing this.

But I am delighted that we have now been able to agree a deal and these are exciting times to be part of the Ladies set-up.

If you want the Ladies team to compete at the highest level, they have to be associated with the football club. We are now well on the way to doing that and hopefully we will be able to challenge at the top level in the next few years.

I have always followed the Ladies game and remember watching the Ladies World Cup Final last year which was won by the United States. It was a great final and speaks volumes for how much the women's game has progressed.

It would be great to see the England Women's team win the World Cup and hopefully we can have some players who can be part of the squad in years to come.

The Ladies team play great football and I am just as excited watching their results as I am following the first-team because they represent our great Club.

I am pleased we have now found a way to embrace it even more. You cannot have the Ladies team carrying the banner of West Ham United and not being affiliated to us. It was important to bring them into the fold.

I have been to a number of games and have always enjoyed the experience and meeting up with a number of West Ham fans who like to follow all the teams. I realised how passionate the fans are for all things West Ham United.

Of course this will not happen overnight and we will need some time to address all the issues and get things right, but the reward at the end of it could be something very special.

I would urge all our fans to get behind the West Ham United Ladies and if you have not got any plans on Sunday, come along and support the team at Thurrock when they play Crystal Palace in the London FA Capital Cup. The extra support would be fantastic.

I will certainly try and get down to see the Ladies in action in the near future and show my support.

We hope it will be a memorable weekend all-round for the football club and we can go into that game on Sundaycelebrating victory for the first-team at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

I still have fond memories of the 3-1 win there last year and it would be fantastic if we could come away with a similar result.

Palace are playing very well at the moment but we desperately need a victory and I want to walk into my office with my head held high on Monday!

This will be the first time we are coming up against James Tomkins on Saturday and I am sure that he will get a great reception from the West Ham United fans.

He came through the youth academy and was a great servant to the football club. We wish him well at Palace, but not necessarily this week!

It will be a major boost for us having Aaron Cresswell back in the squad. We have missed him at the start of the season and having big players like him back in contention gives a major lift to everyone at the Club.

The morale goes up with the fans going to the game and we want our top players available for selection.

We know the importance of getting out the bottom three and we have every chance of doing that this weekend.