I have been in communication with West Ham & Premier League, asking about the Away Ticket allocation process at West Ham. When I was not happy with Jake West Ham answer, I escalated it to the OSB. This resulted in Sean Whetstone writing directly to me (probably as I had asked how did Sean manage to get to West Ham Away matches when he has no chance of going, not being an AST or enough PP). His response is broadly as follows, it addresses some issues under discussion. (This email was sent to me before Bournemouth away)
"Sean has been to two away games this season, Brighton and Villa both obtained in the ballot.
Last season Sean went spurs and Chelsea both as guests of separate companies in corporate hospitality unrelated to West Ham or his role in the OSB. Sean never went to Bournemouth or Wimbledon away games as claimed or any other away game last season despite phantom claims he did.
One of Sean many email addresses was on the data breach email list for Wimbledon as the away season holder in question uses Sean generic email. Nothing sinister here either."
Sean then told me how he understands Away Season Ticket allocations work, which he's published it in the past on C&H.
1. Bond holders get first priority and there are over 808 of them but typically they buy up to 300 tickets for the big games. Sean says he is aware the club think there is some abuse in this catergory.
2. After that around 90 tickets are allocated to players and their families plus staff of West Ham United. The players are entitled to access to tickets for their friends and families under Premier League rules
3. Up to 10% of the allocation can be awarded to registered disabled supporters although demand for this category is often much less.
4. Then comes up to 200 tickets for Club London corporate members for the big games which a benefit promised to them in their
5. 10% is reserved for a later general ballot although for games with small allocations Like Bournemouth or Oxford there is no ballot.
6. What ever is left is sold to season ticket holders with the highest priority points.