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Statement re: cancellation of RWHFAG march

Filed: Thursday, 1st March 2018
By: Staff Writer

It was announced earlier this evening that the Real West Ham Fans Action Group march, planned for Saturday, 10 March has been postponed.

To clarify, Knees up Mother Brown, along with all other groups who participated in recent negotiations with the club under the West Ham Groups United (WHGU) banner were informed of this decision shortly before the Action Group announced their plans publicly tonight.

Naturally the news has disappointed many supporters who were preparing to walk the streets of Stratford next weekend in order to secure a better, brighter future for their football club. We at KUMB.com, who sought to deliver a programme of change to benefit West Ham United and all of our supporters during those aforementioned exchanges share that disappointment.

For the record, the decision to abort the march was taken solely by the RWHFAG - which is of course their prerogative, given that the march had been arranged under their banner (and as a result of their considerable time and effort).

As far as we are aware, none of the fellow members of WHGU were consulted before this decision was reached; WHUISA and Hammers Chat have already confirmed independently they were not involved in that process.

Had we at KUMB been consulted, we would have indicated our desire for the RWHFAG to proceed with their plans for it is our opinion that few if any of the key points we raised during negotiations with the club have been satisfactorily answered at this stage.

As a result, I have written to all members of West Ham Groups United this evening to confirm that KUMB.com no longer wishes to be considered part of the WHGU umbrella organisation. It is our view that by remaining part of WHGU we would be seen as supportive of the decision to postpone next weekend's protest; our readers have clearly indicated that they disagree with this and, as always, we are led by them.

Despite this disappointing turn of events, I would like to place on record my thanks to the RWHFAG for offering the fan base this unique opportunity to have its collective voice heard as a result of their considerable efforts. They have shown that by being 'United', the supporters' can be heard.

We now turn our attention to maintaining pressure upon the Board to deliver real and effective change at West Ham United - the sort of change thousands of supporters have argued passionately for in recent weeks, supporters who were given real hope by the prospect of the march and opportunity to deliver a vote of no confidence.

Graeme Howlett
(Editor, KUMB.com)

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