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Re: Hammers United launch campaign to force dialogue with the Club

Post by Watford 'Ammer » Wed Jan 08, 2020 7:03 pm

Egg, you are spot on.

We are hoping this will be the beginning of the fans regaining a voice. Right now, that’s what we aim for and we see where it takes us.

Open letter, including full details of the protest, set to be released tomorrow.

Thank you for your support :crest:

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Re: Hammers United launch campaign to force dialogue with the Club

Post by Up the Junction » Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:52 pm

I enjoyed a lengthy chat today with Hammers United's Paul Colborne about his group's aims and ambitions.

More to follow here on KUMB and our YouTube channel within the next 24 hours.


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Re: Hammers United launch campaign to force dialogue with the Club

Post by Tross » Thu Jan 09, 2020 2:31 pm

Hammers United are pleased to confirm that after a great meeting with KUMB this morning, our meeting with Peter Swordy, LS185's Director of Safety & Compliance this afternoon went well.

HU Chairman Paul Colborne said :

"Our meeting was very positive and I'd like to thank Peter for his support and accommodating us.
We will be protesting from 1300hrs-1400hrs within a three minute walk of the stadium before the search areas.

With Peters help, we will tomorrow be able to circulate a map with directions and details, which we will share for all of those who wish to attend, with a full supporting statement.

We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday 18th January".

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Hammers United release open letter

Post by Watford 'Ammer » Sat Jan 11, 2020 3:51 pm

Afternoon all, the committee are now in a position to release the open letter.

Hopefully this clarifies our position and our aims. Thank you to all who are supporting us, see you Saturday.


An open letter to the West Ham United Board of Directors from Hammers United

In May 2010, new owners David Gold and David Sullivan on behalf of the board of West Ham United, published what was described as a pledge. David Gold and David Sullivan proudly proclaimed they “would never stop working” for the fans of West Ham United to achieve this pledge, which would be “just the start” of the success we would enjoy under their ownership.

The 10-year anniversary of David Gold and David Sullivan becoming “custodians of this club” is now upon us. Sadly, many of the fans who would have read that pledge 10 years ago have been left questioning its sincerity and the intention of the board to deliver. Point 10 on the pledge was described by Gold and Sullivan as “Arguably the most important of all”. This point is entitled “Listen to supporters”.

10. Listen to supporters
Arguably the most important of all is our commitment to listen to what you have to say. We know we are just the custodians of this club. You who follow us every week, whether near or far, are the true owners. Whether talking to you online or in print, or face to face at fan forums, we will be open, transparent and available.

Founded in 2019, the Football Supporters Association Affiliate Member fans group ‘Hammers United’ published the article “Time to Engage” on the 1st of May 2019. Hammers United were born to improve things for ‘all West Ham supporters young and old’ and have since set out on a campaign to open up dialogue with the club, on issues raised by its members. However, Hammers United were informed time and time again that such issues would not be discussed outside of the much-maligned vehicle for engagement created by the club itself; the Official Supporters Board. Given the pledge from David Gold and David Sullivan to be “open, transparent and available”, we were surprised and disappointed to discover the stance of the club over discussing matters of importance among its supporters.

Hammers United have continued to write to the club on a regular basis, despite our initial requests for the opportunity to represent our members through dialogue being refused. During this time, our membership has grown at rapid pace. We believe this clearly demonstrates that West Ham United supporters wish to have their voices heard. In late December 2019 the board of West Ham United agreed to allow their supporter liaison officer to meet with members of the Hammers United committee for the first time. The Hammers United committee welcomed the opportunity to meet with the supporter liaison officer and remain hopeful that this will help pave the way for truly meaningful and transparent dialogue with an independent supporters’ construct, representative of the fan base in the widest sense of the word.

Our membership responded favourably to news of this initial meeting. However, as we write in mid-January, we still await the promised speedy response from the supporter liaison officer regarding our request for continued dialogue and details of a second meeting. Whilst the reaction to the meeting among our membership was favourable concerns have been voiced, as they were with the pledge, over the sincerity of the club to deliver a genuine, transparent restructuring of fan engagement. Our members remain overwhelmingly dissatisfied with fan engagement in the last 10 years and we have received many requests from our members to arrange a protest to allow this dissatisfaction to be voiced. We are a democratic supporter’s group and we must remain true to our members.

To this end, on the 18th of January 2020; a date that will see 10 years of current ownership reached, Hammers United will be facilitating a static protest between 1pm and 2pm in the Olympic Park before the match versus Everton FC.

This protest will act as an opportunity for our membership to stand together to voice their dissatisfaction over the engagement they are afforded with the club and the lack of an opportunity to speak to the club about the way forward following failure to deliver in all areas of the 10-point pledge, shared by David Gold and David Sullivan.

At this point we would like to make it clear that Hammers United will urge its members to continue to offer their full support to the team and the management once the protest has dispersed.

In the interest of clarity, the 10 pledges made to West Ham fans in 2010 which include the pledge to listen to supporters, are as follows;

1. Appoint the right manager (a high-calibre manager to deliver results and performances)
2. Sign new players (shift the focus from players leaving to players arriving)
3. More investment in the Academy (home grown talent will compliment established players)
4. Continue to clear the debt (ensure the club survives)
5. Freeze season ticket prices for renewal (reward supporters who are the lifeblood of the club)
6. Build the status and image of the club (continue to build on our proud history)
7. Make it enjoyable to come and watch (bring the fun back)
8. Get closer to the community (we take our social responsibility very seriously)
9. Go for the Olympic Stadium (financial & football opportunity to take this club to a new level)
10. Listen to supporters (you who follow us every week are the true owners)

Many fans have sacrificed a great deal of what they held dear about West Ham United. This sacrifice was made on the understanding that more, a lot more, would be forthcoming than just the survival of the club following the purchase from the current board. Reflecting on the sacrifices they have made and the displacement all together of large numbers of the fanbase, we are duty bound to give these supporters a voice. In time, we hope that this voice will take the form of constructive and transparent dialogue.

Many of those who feel sacrifices have been made and pledges have not been delivered wish, at present, to express their voice by means of protest. Hammers United will facilitate this opportunity to allow for collective, safe and legal expression of opinion from our supporters. We are working in conjunction with LS185, LLDC and the Police and will release the exact location of the static protest in due course.

Hammers United will continue to work with the club to strive to develop a supporters’ construct that allows us both to truly ‘Listen to Supporters’.

Kind regards,

Hammers United Committee

West Ham United for Change

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Re: Hammers United launch campaign to force dialogue with the Club

Post by Northbank Bar » Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:04 pm

The letter will be handed to the club at the protest.

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Re: Hammers United launch campaign to force dialogue with the Club

Post by Northbank Bar » Fri Jan 17, 2020 3:43 pm

Just to say we have now passed 8000 members.

Next stop 9000.

See you tomorrow.

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Re: Hammers United launch campaign to force dialogue with the Club

Post by Ozza » Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:10 pm

Well done, proud to have you as fellow supporters

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Re: Hammers United launch campaign to force dialogue with the Club

Post by Tross » Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:28 am

When you wake up this morning, know that you have an opportunity to make a difference. I’d like you to think about our beloved club for a minute. . . think about what’s happened to it, think about how far down the river it and you have been sold.


This morning is not just another Saturday morning. . . it’s the Saturday morning where you can make a difference.


You may feel disillusioned, you may be disappointed, you may have “had enough of it” and maybe you have told yourself that you’re done, and you’re packing it in.


You might be hurting inside, you may be angry at the lies and betrayal served up to you by our board. The world class transport links that leave you being bearded like cattle may have gotten to you. The embarrassment of scaffolding , concrete blocks and cable ties holding up your world class stadium may have gotten to you, or perhaps the sanitised atmosphere and overpriced club merch leaves you with a little bit of sick in your mouth, that the over-priced beer can’t wash away.


Maybe it’s the stewards man-handling our kids in the bridges, or the tightening in your chest when you see our disabled fans having to wait to get through barriers in the rain.


Maybe it’s the way they let away fans sit in front of you these days, or that they’ve bumped up ticket prices or treat our away support with contempt.


Maybe it’s all of these things. . . but today. . . today is different my fellow hammer, because today is the day that you can make a difference.


Today is the day that YOU have the opportunity to remind the blundering custodians of our great club who you are. . . and that you are not alone.


Today is the day that YOU once more can don the claret and blue with pride, and stand, side by side with your West Ham brothers and sisters, united against our greatest enemy.


Today is the day that I ask all of you to once more believe in what has always been OUR club.

Today is the day that I ask you to join us and rekindle the fires of the legendary support that our club is renowned for across the world.


This morning is YOUR chance to let this board know that enough is enough.


Hammers United is the tip of YOUR spear and today, we strike back our first blow in the direction of the board.


Today is the day that we, the voice and heart beat of West Ham, it’s loyal and long suffering support, start on the long journey to get our club back.


Today is the day when we call time, ten years on to the day almost since this board of false prophets breezed in with their marketing rhetoric and media spin.


Today is where we, West Ham United For Change take back what has always been ours.


I’m about to board my plane (Tel Aviv) and will be at the protest at 1300hrs.


By train, plane, car, tube, bus or on foot, do not miss your chance to take back our club.

See you in Stratford.

COYI

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Re: Hammers United launch campaign to force dialogue with the Club

Post by The Old Man of Storr » Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:26 am

Been up since 3.30 am , can't sleep .

Just like to say how proud I am of you lads and lasses , you who are trying to make a difference , trying to get our voices heard , thank you each and every one of you . :thup:

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Re: Hammers United launch campaign to force dialogue with the Club

Post by LOS » Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:18 am

Brilliant stuff Tross. :thup:

Have sent that to a few mates / family that unsure about their attendance at the protest. Hoping your inspiring words get them over the line.

I'm gonna go pay my respects at the gardens closing at UP en route to Stratford. They're stripping the last little bit (and perhaps the most important bit) of our old home today. Today, of all days.

Lets all get behind this :crest:

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Re: Hammers United launch campaign to force dialogue with the Club

Post by Northbank Bar » Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:23 am

Fine words from a good man.-See you there mate.

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Re: Hammers United launch campaign to force dialogue with the Club

Post by Northbank Bar » Sat Feb 08, 2020 6:55 am

It is with great pride that I report that Hammers United now has over 11,000 members.

Our recent protest was the catalyst towards the press turning against GSB.

Our next protests will be at Anfield, then before the home match with Southampton.We need the West ham family to turn out in their thousands for this .The press will be there in force and we will show the world that the West Ham fans want their club back.

By then, at the rate people are joining, we will be on the road to 13000 members.

Hammers United Committee.www.hammersunited.com

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Re: Hammers United launch campaign to force dialogue with the Club

Post by Up the Junction » Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:53 pm

Well done, Northbank. :thup:

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