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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.

www.hammersunited.com

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Mike Oxsaw 4:42 Mon Feb 17
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The more important point here is that they've made a public offer to do so, not that it actually gets displayed.

The simple gesture of the offer is the pressure bearer here, as it is to that responses have to be made by the board.

Nobody actually knows whether or not it will get it's 15 minutes of fame, but it it doesn't. it will not, by any stretch of the imagination, be some sort of "victory" for the board.

Hammer94 3:47 Mon Feb 17
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Does anyone think Liverpool will actually fly a flag

chav_corner 3:40 Mon Feb 17
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Hammers United Funding.

Dear Members,

As you are aware, in line with our founding principles, Hammers United will
always remain free to its membership.

As you will no doubt have seen, our campaign has grown massively and taken
us up a level. Our challenges with GSB are now in the national press regularly.
In addition, our membership currently exceeds 12,000 .

The committee have privately funded our campaigns to date, supporting the
cause that we all believe in.

The challenge we now face, is that as we plan more proactive and forceful
action, we need help from our membership.

The Hammers United Committee are just ordinary fans, with jobs and families
and unfortunately to upscale our campaigns, we cannot continue to pay for
this work out of our own pockets.

So, in line with a number of requests by many fans and members, we have
decided that with a heavy heart we need to start a funding page.

As we have learnt from our custodians, transparency with finances is key! As
such details of expenditure will be available and published to our members on
a monthly basis, with decisions to spend money requiring committee
approval. We will also publish annual accounts in line with our full affiliate
status with the F.S.A

We would like to stress that as fans ourselves, we understand that every one
of us has their own set of financial circumstances, and that being a supporter is
already an expensive passion. There is absolutely no obligation here, and
please, only contribute if and what you can afford. Any contribution is
appreciated.

Your support and spreading the message as a member of Hammers United will
always be of greater value than any financial contribution you could
make. However, due to the continued success of the Hammers United
campaign, we are forced to ask to reach our goals.

No-one believed we would get this far and no-one will stop us working
tirelessly for the good of our historic football club.
Donations can be made through

https://www.gofundme.com/f/hammers-united-supporters-fundraising-page

Kindest Regards,
The Hammers United Committee

chav_corner 8:44 Sun Feb 16
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Hi Syd.We will come from pudding mill Lane to the Marshgate entrance to the stadium.There is a route map on the website www.hammersunited.com
we expect to get there around 1.00.however,depending on numbers it could be a little later.We will 'share a few words ' as near as we can get to the entrance.LS185 would only give us a space for 3000 for a static rally and we expect there to be many more attending than that number .

J.Riddle 8:41 Sun Feb 16
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chav_corner 7:47 Sat Feb 15

Thanks mate. I and 1 or 2 others will be coming off the tube at Stratford, I should have been more clear.

Syd Puddefoot 4:56 Sun Feb 16
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Can you add some detail of the final destination, what is proposed to happen there and the timings involved please. For those of us who may not get there in time (work) to stroll from the south but at least can add numbers to the final rally coming from the opposite (Hackney Wick) direction.

Westham67 2:13 Sun Feb 16
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Don't give them to Block he will blow them all up at home

AKA ERNIE 12:54 Sun Feb 16
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Chav no chance of that mate

chav_corner 12:09 Sun Feb 16
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ERNIE.Good man.Dont blow them all up yourself!

chav_corner 12:09 Sun Feb 16
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Sent some scouts out yesterday.2 refinements:-

.1.Stratford High St. is more like a 10 minute walk.

2.Another option is to get off at Abbey Lane DLR station which is a 3 minute walk from The Greenway.We would get there around 12.35.,

AKA ERNIE 11:56 Sun Feb 16
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200 black balloons have turned up ready for anfield

chav_corner 7:47 Sat Feb 15
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Riddle.theres an entrance near stratford High St mate.

Mike the Hammer 6:48 Sat Feb 15
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Planning to be there for the walk, not the game.

J.Riddle 6:06 Sat Feb 15
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WorldCupWilly 5:20 Sat Feb 15
Thanks for correcting me mate.

Lily Hammer 7:00 Fri Feb 14
Interesting that makes sense about the games stadium going to Man City.

I’m coming from Stratford so will join up at marshgate lane.

one iron 5:47 Sat Feb 15
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Whatever happens on the day,we can all say I was on the walk,and we said we have had enough of these people.

WorldCupWilly 5:20 Sat Feb 15
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J.Riddle 6:44 Fri Feb 14

City AM published an article a few years ago where they mistakenly thought the 10 years started when we were awarded the stadium, instead of when we signed the agreement. A few bloggers read that article which is still there uncorrected.

ChesterRd 4:19 Sat Feb 15
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The urbane gentleman Steve!

Hopefully see you en route

Stratford Steve 4:03 Sat Feb 15
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I haven’t posted on this or any other forum for some time and I haven’t been on a march since Palermo. But I will be on this one, I will be at the West Han Greenway ( or the sewers as we used to call it) I may struggle to keep up as I am getting on a bit now but I will be with you all the way. And a big thank you Paul for all your work on this.

Westham67 3:57 Sat Feb 15
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Thanks see you there

Loxfordfella 2:40 Sat Feb 15
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WestHam67
12-30 at West Ham station.
See you there.

Westham67 2:23 Sat Feb 15
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What time West ham station ? I am coming from Grays so that would be handy. I do not know the new Stratford I was only back in country a year ago and spent most of my time in Portsmouth living right next to Fratton park it reminded me of the Boleyn before the castles . They get a full house. Seat sales to raise revenue has lessened the capacity . The are not fans on Harry for obvious reasons

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