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SOSC to take legal action

Filed: Monday, 21st May 2018
By: Staff Writer

The Save Our Supporters' Club campaign have announced plans to take legal action against the current Supporters' Club's Executive Committee to prevent its dissolution.

A Special General Meeting, held at the Bolyn Pub on Sunday lunchtime ended in farce after 43 members were refused entry to the meeting and subsequently prevented from voting.

And as a result, the SOSC have announced that they will be seeking legal advice in order to prevent the existing Committee from closing the club and sharing the proceeds of the sale between them.

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"The vote for dissolution of the West Ham United Supporters Club under clause 32 of the Club’s constitution went ahead earlier today," read a statement realsed by SOSC on Sunday evening.

"The Club’s Executive Committee did not allow 43 of the Club’s fully paid up, verified members to attend the vote. The Executive Committee who have made a series of unfounded claims against the validity of their membership, sanctioned a vote of 18 for and 6 against to dissolve the club.

"The committee of the SOSC then arranged an impromptu meeting of the members unscrupulously denied admittance to the dissolution vote and have agreed to take legal action against the Executive Committee to safeguard the Supporters Club Institution and the assets of the club."

It was also confirmed that whilst the legal wrangling continues, the Supporters Club will continue to be hosted at Stour Space, a stone's throw from the club's new Stratford ground.

"Memberships, which will allow access to the successful Supporters Club Matchday Bar at Stour Space for the forthcoming season, will now be opened and fees received will be used to take the legal fight onwards," continued the SOSC's staement.

"Your SOSC committee will continue to fight against this injustice and we look forward to receiving your continued support."

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KUMB member Eltham Hammer was one of the 43 members denied access to Sunday's meeting. "The WHUSC Committee, which ran and owns the old club in Castle Street (plus has other assets) is looking to wind it up, sell all the assets and then distribute it between specific members," he told KUMB.

"They've laid down what seem to be very arbitrary rules about who actually is a qualifying member that contradict previous rules and regulations. The current WHUSC committee seem to have forgotten that they are custodians of an institution for the supporters.

"They are trying to cheat the members out of the use of the assets that have been accumulated over a number of years and they want to make anybody who wants to continue the club to do so without the existing assets - which will become money in their pocket, if the dissolution happens.

"The committee of WHUSC are also arguing that anyone who signed up at Stour Space didn't sign up to be a full member of WHUSC. So its not just a case of trying to save the building in Castle St, it's about saving the entity and helping it get a new permanent home in Stratford."

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