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chav_corner 3:17 Wed Jan 1
Hammers United.-New Years message and ACTION.

It has been suggested we put this up as a new thread.-So here goes.Also suggested to pin it so if mods think it worthy please do so.
Thank You.

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 casual 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. 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.


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paulon 12:31 Wed Jan 22
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The Dildos have got Clayton on strings, pathetic stuff

Lily Hammer 7:44 Tue Jan 21
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I don’t do Twitter, but those of you who do, get World Cup Willy’s link and share it far and wide.

WorldCupWilly 7:09 Tue Jan 21
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Add your comments to this tweet about it:


Make sure that you include @talksport and @tSHandJ in your replies.

Takashi Miike 7:00 Tue Jan 21
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is clayton on twitter? he's in charge there now, that fat slob, the moose is just a lackey told what to do

Lily Hammer 6:42 Tue Jan 21
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Talksport seem to be taking sides. Three members of HU waiting on the line, and they all get dumped so Moose can talk for them instead.

Have GSB got shares in Talksport, or what?

Razzle 6:30 Tue Jan 21
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said it before on here and you may as well not bother with this thread as Labour will not be in for at least another 10 years by which time they would have another leader put in place.

The party is a disjointed shambles.

chav_corner 6:28 Tue Jan 21
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I was supposed to be on but they pulled it.They rescheduled for KUMB but KUMB said that they should be talking to Hammers United as we organised the protest.Good for KUMB.Solidarity,westhamunitedforchange.

Takashi Miike 5:58 Tue Jan 21
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did they (hawksbee & jacobs) cancel the interview? wouldn't surprise me, they seem to be collectively kissing the board's arse

diehardhammer 5:50 Tue Jan 21
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just seen Talksport bumped Hammers united off and asked moose for more commentary on the march

head of talksport is supposed to be west ham

wonder if he's been paid off...

Mike Oxsaw 11:36 Mon Jan 20
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Queens Fish Bar 11:00 Mon Jan 20

I watched the numbers change, too.

The first ones (thousands) did seem to tally wit the images that were coming through, then as the day went on, thousands became hundreds, although I don't recall an "official" picture that reflected hundreds, not thousands.

I think the organisers played a blinder here and have bought themselves some space & clarity.

I will say one thing though; if that site was risk assessed for over 2,000 people and, officially, only "hundreds" turned up, then if there's another similar event in the same place, twice as many people will be able to stand there completely risk assessed and within the law, so there should be no objections from the authorities for a second sitting, should one be planned.

Queens Fish Bar 11:00 Mon Jan 20
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Lily Hammer 4:50 Mon Jan 20

Syd Puddefoot 8:30 Mon Jan 20
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There is some footage on YouTube in the middle of some sort of strange VLOG which I would not recommend in its entirety (people film themselves watching the game and making comments? So glad he does not sit near me.) but it shows the numbers at the protest fairly impressively in my view about 6.00 minutes in.

Lily Hammer 4:50 Mon Jan 20
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Gonzo did a good video talking about the numbers there, and the strange reporting where every journo agreed there were only hundreds there. There were some who said thousands, but later retracted the figures, one saying "I've been told there were only hundreds there, not thousands."

Risk assessment said the area for the demo was able to hold between 1,800 and 2,200; the area was more than full. So as Gonzo says, at the very least there were 1,500, which is being harsh, but more likely 2,500.

Good video. He also pulls Moose up as well as the rest of the media, for shit journalism, and sucking off Gold instead of interviewing him using real probing questions.

chav_corner 3:58 Mon Jan 20
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Hammers United would like to say thank you to everyone for their support at the protest.


muskie 3:35 Mon Jan 20
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Easily 1500, maybe 2000 but a lot of people drifted off due the dodgy PA.

charleyfarley 3:33 Mon Jan 20
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I don’t want to be accused of doing a Trump but surely there was more than the reported 900 looked like a few thousand to me

muskie 1:21 Mon Jan 20
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Ooops, posted on the wrong thread. DOH!

muskie 1:20 Mon Jan 20
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Great atmosphere at Dean Court, you would never say that about the toilet bowl.

Razzle 11:01 Mon Jan 20
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CaptainBlueAndClaret 8:29 Sun Jan 19

I got nothing from the game on Saturday. The Bowl is so bad and made a conscious decision that i am going to save my money and not attend anymore. I love West Ham but the matchday experience is dead. I miss everything that was Upton Park, the boozers, burger stalls and most of all the atmosphere on Green Street on match day.

Jimm 12:06 Mon Jan 20
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Listening to one of the fellas chat, he was suggesting to start with, no anti-board songs, or derogatory chants within the ground to maintain that level of civility that will keep the MSM onside. Does that leave room to adopt a protest song, a West Ham chant from the past that could be resurrected to be sung at games without the directness of the Lies chant for example.

I know Bubbles did do a song, but due to the sound issues i was not really sure of what the context of that song being sung was.

oioi 11:56 Sun Jan 19
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BML screen bar. Nothing wrong with having a drink and a sing-song after the game.

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