Kialos wrote:I think we all have our own views on what took place and I have been as vocal as any in my condemnation of it but I am assuming the fairly non committal comment is an attempt by HU to put a line under things and move on. They are a new group, working hard to do what is best for fans. I am cutting them slack in their wish to look forward not back.
Sorry but being very busy at work has kept me off here for a few days.
With regards the comment above it’s pretty much spot on.
A few words in explaination.
Before the rapid rise of the action group I had lost my way a little as a WH supporter. Languishing up behind the screen in block 250 I was feeling more and more alienated by the club that I’d loved and the final nail was being berated by “supporters” for such heinous crimes as standing and or singing Bubbles. I signed up to RWHF early, liked what I was hearing, and for me the rollercoaster ride of exploding membership numbers and momentum, followed by the formation of the wider “action group” with other fan groups gave me my West Ham mojo back. I was ready to march like many others and was devistated when the march was cancelled. Our world renowned supporters had mobilised and in doing so forced the club to act.
So when I say RWHF showed the way I was referring to how the threat of 20k pairs of Adidas Gazelles (other shoes are available) brought the board to attention.
I said mistakes were made. They certainly were. I’m sure no one on here could argue that point.
And yes, I’m sure that there are people who were/are involved with the group (Members or Admins) that would love to turn back the clock and do things differently.
Hopefully this clarifies the sentiment behind the post. As for Hammers United I hope we have shown that we are learning the ropes fast and conducting ourselves with dignity, often in the face of abuse from other quarters and showing that we really do want to change things for all supporters.
Lastly here’s a thing. I’m a normal guy from a working class background. I didn’t study English at university and I sure as hell harbour no illusions about a career In journalism. I won’t hide from your questions but before jumping just read anything I post twice with that in mind.
Hope this helps