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chav_corner 10:31 Thu Apr 11
Hammers United.-What do we want.
Paul Colborne's Interview with American Hammers TV.
https://youtu.be/D5wO7vPsN8o



HAMMERS UNITED.-WHAT DO WE WANT?

As you know we have written to the club seeking a meeting.There are so many issues to raise but in particular we will be highlighting the following:-

Ticket Prices and Season Ticket renewals.

Some bands have seen major increases.Seats have been moved from one band to another(without notifying those affected).Renewal date brought forward.Those not renewing corporate tickets not being able to downgrade but forced to go to the back of the waiting list.And as for the waiting list what a shambles that is with tickets seemingly randomly issued.
We have had others better qualified than us produce a full report which will form the basis of any discussion with the club.

The London Stadium and Match Experience.

Well where do you start.We have been inundated with things our members want changed.Many issues stem from inadequate and frankly very bad stewarding.Improving this must be the priority.we are all sick to death of heavy handed stewarding,away fans in West Ham sections and stewards cheering when the opposition score.The Club have a duty of care to see that it’s supporters are treated fairly and at the same time be able to watch the match in a safe environment.It is not good enough to say the stewards are not their responsibility.-The well being of THEIR supporters is.
There are many other things supporters want changed but we feel the stewarding is the most important and will concentrate our efforts accordingly.However one reoccurring complaint which might be easily resolved is the lack of refreshment facilities in the upper tier.At half time It is impossible for supporters to get down the stairs,buy food and get back up again before kick off.Is there room on the upper tiers to add a refreshment area?

Memorial Gardens.

A very emotive subject.-And so it should be.
Supporters have loved ones here and understandably get very upset when the gardens are neglected .There is no doubt that the gardens have not been maintained regularly.Plans are in place for major improvements.We will keep an eye on developments.

Mascots.

West Ham charge more than any other Premier League club.Neil Taylor at LLTB.has raised this and been in contact with the club on the matter.it is about time he got a bit of support on this.
Help for Disabled Supporters.
To be fair West Ham seem to be trying hard to help supporters.Julie Pidgeon deals with accessibility issues and we have heard nothing but praise for her.There does seem to be one major issue in that the shuttle buses are held back until the away fans are dispersed.-Leading to a long wait.This is not good and needs to be addressed.
Champions Place Stones.
Another emotive subject .-And again so it should be.
The stones are becoming dirty and it is getting hard to see the inscriptions.This is after a relatively short space of time.If they are not cleaned and properly maintained the whole concept and meaning of them will have been a waste of time.-This needs to be addressed and should not be difficult for the club to resolve.

Erradication of our heritage.

Where do we start? Lee Rogers wrote a great piece on this which is on our facebook page.Says it all really.
West ham had a passionate and loyal fan base which was the envy of most clubs.-without doubt the best fans in London and perhaps the country.The fanbase didn’t need gentrifying.-The club should have played to it’s strengths.-For example maybe having a pop up Boleyn Pub in the ground.-And a pop up Nathans and Ercans.Many passionate long standing supporters have walked away.-feeling they are no longer wanted.We would like to see the club reach out to these supporters and try and get them back.
Many long term supporters feel that they just aren’t wanted there anymore.The club can put pictures etc up celebrating our heritage and that helps.-But what we want is to be made to feel welcome.We look forward to the imput of our members at the meeting of April 20th.-Especially so on what we put to the club on this.

Our away supporters.

The club give them no help whatsoever.As a committee we have 3 suggestions listed below which we want to put to the club.
!.The club offer next to no help with away travel.Our Supporters have solved this themselves with the brilliant Hornchurch coaches and Ironworks tours. However we would like to see train travel be put on for one off night games to long distance places such as Liverpool and Manchester in the league cup in recent years when no scheduled trains back were available.Trains are very expensive but for cup games the Club get a cut of the gate money.Manchester United the other year was around £60 a pop so every additional fan West Ham took they would have got nearly £20 which could have offset train costs.The situation probably arises once a year,if that,but we would like to see the club look into it.
2.Watford and Newcastle have a reciprocal arrangement whereby each gives the others fans £5 off admission.We would like to see West Ham contact both and see if this could be arranged.
3.Another suggestion is that when somebody has booked say 6 away games in one season then the club should make a gesture to thank them for their loyalty.-Perhaps a voucher for a free pie and a pint
One way or another we would like to see some help for our great away following.If any of our members have any other ideas we will of course take them into consideration.
Investment in the Playing Squad.
We encourage the club to invest as much as possible to give West Ham United the best possible chance of success on the pitch.They did invest heavily last Summer but investment in the years before has been woefully inadequate and we still have an aging and unbalanced squad.Sustained investment is required.Hopefully the club will match it’s obvious competitors in Leicester,Wolves,Everton .We do not expect it to match the investment of the top 6,that would be unfair.Rumours are that the Club will have a net spend of around £25 million this Summer.We hope these rumours are unfounded.This figure is obviously totally unrealistic in today’s Premier League.

These points will be put to our members on April 20th for endorsement.
We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.
Thank You.
Greg Hobbs(Secretary).

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chav_corner 3:56 Fri May 24
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
From Hammers United.
Friday May 24th 2019.

Dear Jake,
Thank you for your Email of May 15th.

We are well aware of the existence of the Official Supporters Board.However,the vast majority of West Ham Supporters see this as not representative of the fans.-Our members share this view.
The O.S.B.is not a democratically elected body.It is but an illusion and in effect a subordinate of the Club.When the club recently announced season ticket price increases these apparently had not even been discussed with the O.S.B.! More recently the Club announced it’s new partnership with Socios.It would seem that once again the O.S.B.was not consulted on this very important matter to West Ham supporters.-Or worse still they agreed to it.
As a democratic body ourselves we balloted our members on whether we should seek representation on the O.S.B.Our members vote was a resounding ‘NO’.
We therefore thank you for pointing out that application can be made for a position on the O.S.B. but will not be seeking representation. Please explain our position to the Board and stress that it is them we wish to speak to on matters of concern raised by their supporters.
Hopefully The Board will agree to meet us but they must understand that until they do so we have a duty to our members to both lobby them to reconsider and to get the answers and improvements our members seek .
We thank you for pointing out that any individual supporter enquiries can be made by supporters to you personally and will report that back to our members.
Thank You.
Best Regards.

Lee Rogers(Joint Secretary).

Queens Fish Bar 11:25 Mon May 20
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
Pub, Chav

I appreciate your positions on safe standing - I see it differently.

Keep up the good work.

Pub Bigot 12:30 Sun May 19
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
Queens, grounds are already implementing safe standing areas, so it's only a matter of time before it's introduced anyway. Celtic pioneered it in the UK and Spurs have implemented safe standby in their 'KOP', but it isn't in use yet.

Our issue could be that it is implemented across the division, but because we don't own the LS, we may not be able to implement it. But as CC pointed out, that's a battle for another day.

chav_corner 9:45 Sun May 19
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
Hi Queens.We would of course like to see a safe standing area at The London Stadium.The trouble is there are just so many things we need to tackle that some have to be prioritised more than others.Safe Standing can't be introduced till the Government change the law then the premiership change their rules.If we approached West Ham on it they would just hide behind this.We are affiliated to the Football Supporters Association who are lobbying the Government on safe standing and we will be seeking the views of our members on whether we throw our weight behind their campaign.No doubt our members will instruct us to do so but we have to ask the question.Cheers mate.Chav.

Queens Fish Bar 11:31 Sat May 18
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
*isn't*

Queens Fish Bar 11:30 Sat May 18
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
Safe standing would make a huge difference.

Atmosphere, view, relatively lower cost....

Why wouldn't people want it?

Why is HU pushing for this?

normannomates 4:50 Sat May 18
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
Ernie

normannomates 5:12 Thu May 16
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
chav 4.52

Quality.

I wish you all the best..

AKA ERNIE 5:23 Wed May 15
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
chav first thing I did was tell them to watch the video

chav_corner 1:13 Wed May 15
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
Ernie.I was disappointed to hear that some of your friends are concerned at Bubbles being a prominent member of the group.We did consider the implications when asking him to help and on balance felt the pros well outweighed the cons.-In so much as he actually did something rather than just talk about it.Please ask your friends to watch his interview with American TV,as I would hope this would give an insight into what he offers the group and might get them to change their stance.In the meantime I can assure you that he and all our Committee keep a close eye on social media .This is the first time this has been raised as far as I am aware but if this feeling became more than just a small minority I can assure you that Bubbles would step down immediately.

AKA ERNIE 12:09 Wed May 15
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
pub agree mate us old buggers are on board is the younger lot we need

Pub Bigot 12:03 Wed May 15
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
I think it's well-placed faith, Ern. I'm not going to knock previous or current alternative groups and just say we're building towards something that will hopefully enable us to be effective.

The power is ultimately with the support.

AKA ERNIE 11:51 Wed May 15
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
The RWHFG unfortunately made huge errors and have caused many to be very wary.
Like you k joined up on day 1 as I know most of those involved and trust them

MaryMillingtonsGhost 10:53 Wed May 15
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
Unfortunately I think last years shenanigans with the RWHFAG and the threats banded about at the time have deterred many West Ham fans from joining ANY fans association. What’s the point when even your own seemingly turn against you? Divide and conquer, straight out of Brady’s playbook!
Saying that I signed up to HU pretty much immediately, as I also did with WHUISA prior to Burnley, as it seems obvious (to me at least) that the club encourage or want absolutely no discussion with normal everyday fans, instead using the woeful and seemingly totally ineffective OSB as their fan ‘representation’.
Something has to change imo, and for that reason I thank anyone willing to put their head above the parapet for the good of OUR club (ESPECIALLY people like PC who has made the ultimate football sacrifice), and wish them every success.

Pub Bigot 10:34 Wed May 15
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
I see your point, but I think we'll be okay.

Lily Hammer 10:11 Wed May 15
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
There's not much we can do about anyone who doesn't watch and listen to the videos and read the articles etc, because they make it clear that Bubbles is not having a petty personal dig on his own behalf.

The numbers are growing, and hopefully anyone who has doubts about why the group has formed will wake up, smell the coffee, and join up.

The main thing is to make sure that the club do not dictate who they listen to and who they don't listen to. It can't only be that unconvincing OSB puppet show. They should listen to any group that is recognised by the FSF, regardless of who is involved with it.

AKA ERNIE 9:41 Wed May 15
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
pub mates I've spoken to about bubbles heading it up have all said it's a bad idea as people that dont know him will see it as personal about his ban.

Pub Bigot 7:54 Wed May 15
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
How'd you mean, Ern?

AKA ERNIE 7:48 Tue May 14
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
pub ok mate no problem but not according to people I've spoken to at home and aways

Pub Bigot 7:27 Tue May 14
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
I couldn't disagree more, Ern.

I think Bubbles among others gives us validity and authenticity. We have a cross-platform of Hammers, which he's a vital part of.

AKA ERNIE 6:33 Tue May 14
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
I get that mate but was chatting to mates at Watford Sunday and they all said was a bad idea having him.
which is a fucking shame.
I think his ban is an absolute fucking disgrace personally

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