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Q: 2019/20 With seven games to go will West Ham stay up
a. Our demise was sealed when the idiots on the Board appointed Moyes, we're down
34%
  
b. Despite the efforts of Moyes and the players, we will stay up by the smallest of margins
39%
  
c. I'm beyond caring & couldn't give two hoots either way
26%
  



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 2:39 Wed Jan 1
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
Ernie.I don't know how to get a mod to pin it to the top.I did ask once before and nothing happened.I will try and get someone to change the thread title.Thanks mate.

AKA ERNIE 2:18 Wed Jan 1
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
chav you need to start a new thread just about the protest as its getting lost on this one then get a mod to pin it at thd top

chav_corner 12:55 Wed Jan 1
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.



Good morning.Firstly let me wish all those travelling to the match today a safe journey and a great day.Bournemouth have a lot of injuries and I do believe that West Ham will win and win well.

There is much support for our decision to take action.Some however are prattling on about supporting the team and the new manager which is frustrating as we intend to do just that .Some are criticising us for protesting about the manageral appointment.We obviously need to get our message over better so I will say again.-This protest is to hold the Board accountable for their failures,seek positive change,and at the request of our members lobby for the best possible support for the manager in the transfer window.

We can see there will be considerable support and will be urging our members to attend.-But that is not the most important factor.-The most important thing is that we behave well and within the law.-The press will be watching this and Karen Brady you will be sure will be hoping that some of us let ourselves down so the club can capitalise on this and portray us as some sort of drunken rabble.I know already that there will be many women and children present and know personally of 2 ladies expecting chidren that will be there.It is of course a protest so of course there will be singing ,shouting and hollering.-That goes hand in hand with protest.But please let us keep this within the law and make sure all West Ham supporters on the day have a safe day.Be especially aware of the women and children within our ranks.

When the protest is over we get on with supporting our team,cheering them on hopefully to 3 points.

Thanks.

West Ham 3 Bournemouth 1.

Vexed 8:24 Tue Dec 31
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
Static protest is like a big game of musical statues where our supporters will attempt to stay in one pose until we start winning again and then forget all about it. Should be good.

Well done to all at HU for organising this one thing in just a year of existence. Should make a big difference to Sullivan's day.

muskie 8:19 Tue Dec 31
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
I'm in.

Well done.

AKA ERNIE 7:41 Tue Dec 31
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
great news will be there

wanstead_hammer 6:30 Tue Dec 31
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
Quality.
Well done HU.

MaryMillingtonsGhost 3:58 Tue Dec 31
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
Mex Martillo 3:24

Meet at a pre-detrmined location(s), rather than marching to the shitbowl I'd guess.

cartis 3:50 Tue Dec 31
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
Brilliant brilliant news.
What a fantastic end to the year.
Enough of these cunts
Incredible work by everyone at H U

Mex Martillo 3:24 Tue Dec 31
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
Sorry, but what’s a static protest?

Fifth Column 3:19 Tue Dec 31
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I'll be there with the family on 18th January

WestArt 3:00 Tue Dec 31
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
Brilliant news!

Time for the board to experience some real 'next level'

Sterling work HU....

GreenStreetPlayer 2:26 Tue Dec 31
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
Wish you all the best on your endeavours, whatever solution(s) you may be able to find to right the wrongs.

It's got to the stage where the arena is a symbol of the club killing 3. The 3 of them looking crowly over the fans. It's theirs not ours. Maybe better off groundsharing I know that sounds incredible, but at least the football is closer and in fit for purpose stadiums.
Most would like to take a wrecking ball to the arena, make it unusable so at least it can be redeveloped into something more suitable.

The arena is a symbol to GSB. It's not ours, it's not West Ham. It's a temporary looking monstrosity where relegation football is played.
Exciting stuff!, what vision! No only greed and a move not made in the best interests of West Ham but just their own pockets and the 'prize' of the OS.

martyboy 1:51 Tue Dec 31
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
Well done all at Hammers United, now lets get the numbers sorted for a good turn out!!

chav_corner 1:41 Tue Dec 31
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.

Good Morning Fellow Hammers,

On what is the last day of yet another year of disappointment for our fanbase.
I sit here today with mixed emotions as I look back on the year.

I am immensely proud of the work my committee and I have put in since the inception of Hammers United in February this year, and the thousands of man hours which has seen our group swell to over seven thousand members.
We have strived over that period to create a group for all Hammers fans, united in their love of our great West Ham.
We are all regular fans, volunteers, with jobs, families and everyday responsibilities like you.
But such was the apathy and frustration of our supporters in the aftermath of the failed protests of 2018, I believed that something had to be done, so in time honoured fashion, I rallied the troops.

The end of a year is often a good time to reflect, and what I have noticed is that some quarters seem to have forgotten the roots of West Ham and its supporters.
This is a club whose supporters survived abject poverty in the Old East End, whose founding father’s built warships on the cutting winds of the Bow Creek Shipyard, who made great personal sacrifice to go on strike to achieve better pay and conditions, leading Arthur Hills to create the sports, social and leisure facilities from which our great club was born.
How disappointed he would be to see the disgraceful displacement of thousands of time served fans of the club, with associations that go back generations, many to those very shipyards, who have paid the ultimate price for the scandalous manner in which the transition from our spiritual home, The Boleyn Ground in Upton Park, a few miles across the Borough to the Olympic Park in Stratford has been handled.
The price of affording the casuall arm-chair types and the next generation of fans that David Sullivan has stated he wanted to introduce to football as he strives to grow the fanbase should never have been the heart and soul loyal support of this football club who are throwing it in in their thousands.
It breaks my heart to see it.
Fathers and sons, Mothers and daughters, mates who have sang side by side and travelled the country together. . . unable to recognise the club they love and being discarded like old rubbish.

The promises made by those custodians of the club, of next level football and a stadium fitting of a top six club, the ability to attract the very best players and a home which we would all be proud of. . . . A ten point plan laid out to win hearts and minds. . . statements made claiming to understand the responsibilities that come with having to deliver such promises to the fans and working with them.
They remain undelivered.

Our great club is nowhere near the next level.
A club mandated undemocratic construct is positioned as the “Official” supporters board, whilst democratic, independent and affiliated supporters groups who represent thousands of fans are circumvented and ignored. Our custodians and their decisions have once again led us perilously close to a relegation battle as we end the year one place outside the bottom three. On introspection, the investment made is little more than an illusion once you examine it, and the return on that investment in footballing terms is paltry at best.

This club is a club surviving, not striving for the next level, and this seasons campaign is typical of a survivalist mentality which focuses on the consumerisation of if its fans and how it can squeeze the next pound note out of them, instead of delivering the promises made on which they agreed to leave their spiritual home.
Well as we reach the end of this year, Hammers United, thousands of our members, and many thousands more have had enough.

Let me be clear, we will always support the team, and wish our new manager the best of luck.
But today as the year ends, the time has come for the custodians of our club to be held accountable by its long-suffering supporters.
You will all be aware that we have been inundated with requests to protest and take action against the current custodians of the club and how seriously we take our positions of responsibility.
Accordingly, after much consideration and exploration with our legal advisors, the police and the FSA, and in an effort to avoid any unsavoury repeats of the past, as Chairman of Hammers United, I can confirm that we will be holding a static protest at the home game against Everton on Saturday 18th January.
This is in parallel with our on-going efforts to establish change through dialogue with the club, who we are meeting again shortly.
The full details of the protest will be available in the coming days as we look to mobilise our membership.
I can also confirm that a request to march has been made today and that remains a real option.
We hope this march will see not just our members, but all West Ham supporters, young and old, their families, their fan groups, independent media outlets. . . those who have felt they have had to walk away. . . all of us Hammers. . . United, as we take this opportunity to voice your dissatisfaction against the current custodians of this great club, who have over promised, under delivered and strung on our supporters for too long.

We want no more than what was promised, the next level, and we are duty bound as supporters of this club to hold its custodians accountable.

On behalf of Hammers United, I wish you all a Happy New Year, and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible of the 18th January.

Paul colborne(Chairman)

United We Stand. . . United For Change. . . We Are Hammers United.

www.hammersunited.com

muskie 1:54 Sat Dec 28
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
Meaningful discussions Bubbles? Good luck with that.

All you'll get are -

"We'll pass your comments on to the board"
"We'll look into it"
"We'll see what can be done"
"There might be something we can do about that"

Whoever is attending should play "Bullshit Bingo"

No criticism of you or anyone else though, totally respect what you have done, I'm a member and I'm ready for action.

Dan 12:50 Sat Dec 28
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
Sadly I think direct action is the only real option. I cant see how anyone could trust our owners to carry through the necessary level of change that is required.

Good luck and if it comes to direct action you can count on my full support.

chav_corner 12:37 Sat Dec 28
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The West Ham United that I and most of us know and remember is broken.

It has (with the exception of my family) been my greatest love for 50 years and now it has all but gone, leaving a great hole in my life. Our West Ham is being systematically destroyed and replaced by West Ham London. Our traditions have been ignored, our hearts have been torn out, and now our very soul is being taken from us.
Many amongst us already believe their West Ham is dead, but I believe it can be resurrected. There are too many of us, thousands upon thousands, with such love for our club, that we cannot let her die. . . it can be done.

Hammers United have been campaigning for change for months. Our members instructed us to campaign to the club to sanction the transfer expenditure in the January window to give us the best possible chance of retaining our Premiership status.

Our position when West Ham made their good start to the season was exactly the same as it is today and is clearly documented. West Ham’s terrible form may have further soured the mood, but it has made little difference to Hammers United and the changes we believe the club must make.

What we do notice is that much larger numbers of fans, disappointed by the teams’ form and blaming the Board’s lack of investment, are putting us under increasing pressure to organise protests.

We have started dialogue with other influential fans, fans groups and fans forums and are mounting a unified campaign - #unitedforchange.
Discussions are underway, and we have high hopes that the knowledge, expertise and experience not just from inside Hammers United but from across the West Ham family can and will be brought to bear. In parallel, we are mindful of the growing lobby for protest and have met with the Metropolitan Police and our legal advisors as we formulate plans for direct action.

We will be meeting West Ham again shortly for what we have been promised will be meaningful discussions. We of course recognise there are many disillusioned amongst us who have no trust or time for the current regime at the club given a track record of promises made and broken. Your committee and our experienced advisors are time served West Ham fans and far from naïve. We have made our position clear and the club aware of the high feelings amongst the fanbase and the consequences of doing nothing which they are keen to avoid.
To ignore us, and this window of opportunity to engage, when they have been made fully aware that the frustrations amongst the support are again running hot would be a mistake.

One way or another my friends we can get our West Ham United back.
It will never be the same as at Upton Park, but it can be made better than it is at the moment, much, much better. So much so that our many friends who have walked away will again feel welcome and return.

We have to believe. We must believe. Tens of thousands of us love this club too much. We must never, ever give up.

I am an old man now. My son is 27 and had a season ticket for many years but now refuses to go to home matches. I want to see the day when he wants to watch West Ham again.
West Ham United brought comradeship and great pride to so many for 120 years.
It cannot be allowed to die.

We fight not just for ourselves but for our sons and daughters so that they might have a club to follow, for our family and good friends no longer with us, that we stood shoulder to shoulder with over those years. Sharing the highs and lows of supporting our great club.

Do not lose faith and do not give up. The time has again come for us to stand united. Our West Ham United is too important.

Stand with us.www.hammersunited.com #unitedforchange

muskie 10:44 Thu Dec 26
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Fuck talking to these cunts now, it's time for action.

Mex Martillo 10:29 Thu Dec 26
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
chav_corner 3:12 Tue Dec 24
Well done Chav
Brilliant how you are working with the FSA, they really cannot refuse. Really professional and business like. However, to me it resembles using a shot gun to get the club to the table, so let’s not fool ourselves to think they are happy with HU and want to work with the supporters.
Thanks and Merry Christmas

wanstead_hammer 9:41 Thu Dec 26
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
More positive steps forward. Well done.
Keep it going. Gotta drum it into the parasites that we’ll ask nicely first.....etc.

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