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Fans alliance to meet club

Filed: Thursday, 15th February 2018
By: Staff Writer

A group of West Ham United supporters have agreed to meet the club's Board ahead of next month's protest march.

The group, led by the Real West Ham Fans Action Group have accepted an invitation to meet leading club officials early next week ahead of next month's march, which thousands of West Ham United fans are expected to attend.

Andy Swallow, one of the RWHFAG's chief organisers told KUMB that although the invitation had been accepted, there was absolutely no chance whatsoever of the March 10 protest being cancelled or postponed.

"We received an email from the club earlier this week offering us the opportunity to meet for talks," he said. "So we intend to meet the Board and tell them exactly why we're marching and what we want.

"We hope they'll be adopting a more conciliatory tone than previously, but if we don't like their attitude or what they have to say to us we'll get up and walk out."

Swallow also appealed to those fans who had responded critically to news that the RWHFAG had agreed to meet the Board, insisting that this would change nothing in terms of the planned action.

"There's going to be people who think if we meet the Board we're selling out," he added. "But that's not me, Micky [Morgan] or anyone who's living this 24/7. We're in it for the long haul."

Earlier in the day the club announced - via their website - that a meeting between the two parties would be taking place soon.

"West Ham can today confirm the club has reached out to the supporter groups represented within the West Ham Groups United to meet to begin constructive dialogue with the club," read a statement.

Vice chair Karren Brady added: "My Chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold have always been clear that, as a Board, we are only the custodians of the club on behalf of our supporters. We fully understand that our supporters are the lifeblood of the club.

"We believe the groups that have come together have nothing but the best interests of the club and its long-term future in mind. We understand they are seeking constructive dialogue; their intention is to bring positive suggestions to us as a Board that will help over time to improve the club and the supporters’ match day experience."

Further Reading

* The KUMB Q&A with Andy Swallow (RWHFAG)
* The KUMB Q&A with Micky Morgan (RWHFAG)

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