Filed: Wednesday, 19th October 2011
By: Staff Writer
A group of West Hams fans have confirmed details of a meeting to discuss the club's failure to consult supporters over the planned move to Stratford.
The board's plans to move West Ham to the Olympic Stadium from the Boleyn Ground - United's home for the last 107 years - have split the club's fan base since they were first announced.
Despite being granted use of the £500million stadium in February, West Ham found itself back at stage one recently when the original decision was overturned amidst a series of legal challenges.
Yet as was the case prior to the club's first bid for the Olympic Stadium, there are still no signs of West Ham seeking any kind of meaningful representation with regards to the move from its supporters - a situation that some fans feel is simply unacceptable.
A spokesman for the meeting's organisers - who are considering staging a demonstration in protest at the lack of representation - told KUMB.com: "There is concern at the lack of a proper consultation of fans before an irreversable and uncertain process begins.
"Supporters who frequent KUMB and other websites will meet at Hamilton Hall, Liverpool Street on Thursday 20th October to discuss how their opposition to the move and their wish for a full independent poll can be taken forward.
"Anything agreed will be put forward for wider agreement. The organisers have no agenda other than bringing fans together to discuss matters."
The meeting is scheduled to start at 7:00pm; all supporters are welcome to attend and share their views.
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07:39PM 19th Oct 2011
''All I want is to be asked, as a season ticket holder, is if I would like to move.
One season ticket, one vote - and the majority win. But we must be in a position to know exactly what the stadium will bring to the fans. At the moment it will never belong to West Ham, we cannot brand it, and we will have to keep the track.
IMO we should stay and redevelop the East Stand. I have put this to Karren Brady by e-mail and surprise surprise, no reply.''
by Jack Quigley
07:29PM 19th Oct 2011
''About time. Whether you are for or against the move, the fact that every decision has been taken without any consultation whatsoever with the fans, who are the real owners of any football club, is a disgrace and just shows how non-football our board are. No right thinking football fan would buy any club and move it without consent of the fans. They have taken an attitude of, "you're all not millionaires like us, therefore we know what is best for you."
Best of luck with this. Unfortunately, being in Australia I will have to send apologies to the meeting but I back the motion 100 per cent.''
by Robin Essex
06:37PM 19th Oct 2011
''Good idea, I was in favour under the last agreement, but since this has been knackered by Hearn and the Spuds, no way should we rent it. Hope the meeting goes well!
by Tell it how it is Charlie!
05:13PM 19th Oct 2011
''The only meaningful way of protest is boycott the Boleyn!
It has been G&S' intention all along to move to the new ground and then sell the club, one last pay day for them. The only reason many West Ham fans are in favour is to keep Tottenham out. If Spurs were not in the equation, I doubt whether too many West Ham fans would be in favour.
Watching football in an athletics stadium could be a very drab affair.''