Filed: Tuesday, 17th January 2012
By: Staff Writer
Campaign group WHU's View have received assurances from the club over a ballot on the Olympic Stadium move.
The group - which has received the backing of nearly 2,000 people so far in their campaign to force West Ham United's board to hold a referendum of supporters over the stadium switch - recently gained confirmation from vice-chair Karren Brady that should the club opt to move to Stratford, a poll will be held.
"We have been contacted by Karren Brady confirming that the Club will hold a ballot of some sort if they decide to bid for the Olympic Stadium," read the group's latest missive.
"The Club are also to arrange a meeting with members of the committee to discuss issues such as who will be balloted, when and how. We hope to have a constructive debate with the Club in the near future and then intend to report back.
"Sufficient numbers have registered with WHU's View to prompt the club to confirm a ballot will be held. We are now anxious to avoid delay and we will continue to press for this and to hold the Club to their promises."
The campaign started last Autumn after the group accused David Gold and David Sullivan of reneging on their ten point pledge, made in May 2010 after Gianfranco Zola had narrowly managed to avoid relegation.
The final point on the list insisted that the board would 'listen to the supporters' - a promise that the board were accused of failing to adhere to when pressing on with plans to move to Stratford despite opposition from a sizeable proportion of the club's fanbase.
* You may register your support for WHU's View by visiting their website at www.whusvoice.com.
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by steve gunter
05:32PM 17th Jan 2012
''I Still think it would be a great move to the new stadium renting it in some ways is better than buying it no big outlay and the money from the sale of the Boleyn Ground will help us get out of the debt the Icelandics left us in.
The only proviso I would have is we must have the retractable seating all the way around the ground.
Staying in Upton Park, even if we redeveloped, would mean we are not moving on and if they did expand it how would the area cope with the extra fans? It's too congested now.
The new Olympic Stadium would send out a message to the world and attract more sponsorship.
Why do you think the Spurs did not want us there? Not because they wanted it, but because we would be a threat with a bigger stadium attracting more fans and maybe becoming a bigger club than them.
If we get the chance we must move on.''
05:18PM 17th Jan 2012
''And the second to final point was to go ahead with the move. You can hardly feel they MUST stick to the point you want, but IGNORE the one you don't surely?''
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