Thousands of West Ham fans enjoy a family fun day
PUBLISHED: 17:29 15 February 2017 | UPDATED: 18:56 15 February 2017
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Thousands of West Ham United fans enjoyed a record breaking family fun day at the London Stadium.
10,000 hammers donned their claret and blue to watch the first team train, before taking on some light-hearted challenges, including a penalty shoot-out and posing for the biggest team photo in the club’s history at the stadium, in Stratford today.
The fans flocked from far and wide to watch their heroes, Mark Noble, top scorer Michail Antonio, new signings Jose Fonte and Robert Snodgrass and of course the big man Andy Carroll to name a few, get put through their paces by manager Slaven Bilic.
“We don’t get many opportunities to say thank you to the supporters, but today provided the perfect opportunity to show how much we appreciate them and the incredible support they have given us home and away this season,” captain Mark Noble explained.
“You could tell by the smiles on the lads’ faces how much they were enjoying it and I think it’s important for us to thank the fans for all their efforts, because wherever we go, they’re always there giving us their full support.
West Ham fun day
David Gold, Joint Chairman of West Ham United signs autographs for fans Picture: Getty/courtesy of West Ham
Mark Noble of West Ham United greets pupils from his former school, Royal Docks Community School at the West Ham United family fun day Picture: Getty/courtesy of West Ham
Mark Noble and Slaven Bilic, Manager of West Ham United host a press conference for children during a West Ham United family fun day at London Stadium Picture: Getty/courtesy of West Ham
Mark Noble of West Ham United celebrates during a West Ham United family fun day at London Stadium Picture: Getty/courtesy of West Ham
Cheikhou Kouyate battles for the ball with Andre Ayew Picture: Getty/courtesy of West Ham
Some lucky Hammers fans won prizes including signed footballs by the players
The family fun day was the biggest free event in the club's history
Thousands of Hammers fans attended the family fun day at London Stadium
“Hopefully we’ve generated some good memories for them to take away.”
300 lucky junior fans got the chance to have a disco, get their faces painted, play some table tennis and also stage their very own press conference with manager Bilic and captain Noble.
“I am never surprised by how passionate and devoted our fans are – and today was another example of that,” Slaven explained.
“When I first heard about the Family Fun Day, I was excited and to get 10,000 turn up is really something special.
“Today just further proves how important West Ham is to the community, so for us to be able to say thank you, and show our appreciation, of course we are happy.”