West Ham announce free coach scheme

  • by Staff Writer
  • Friday, 24th January 2020

West Ham United have confirmed they will be offering free coach travel to the away game at Liverpool on Monday, 24 February.

And the club have announced that the same scheme will be in operation for the trips to Newcastle on Saturday, 11 April and Manchester United on the weekend of Saturday 9 May.

The decision comes just 72 hours after supporters group Hammers United asked the club to provide free travel to Liverpool as part of their 'goodwill gestures' project, in which HU are making one request to the club every day until their next protest scheduled for Saturday, 29 February.

"The rearranged away fixture versus Liverpool on Monday, 24 February will see many of our fans left in the same position as at Sheffield United - with no option of return train travel," read a Hammers United press release published on Tuesday.

"Please provide free return coach travel once again and please publish the details of this coach travel on the website at the same time as ticket details are announced."

West Ham were heavily criticised for leaving many supporters without means of returning to London following the trip to Sheffield earlier this month, with the last train leaving Yorkshire midway through the game.

That prompted the board to lay on coaches for travelling fans, although many were unable to use the service as it was announced only three days before the match took place, on Tuesady, 7th January.

Although the scheme had only been introduced since the new year, following heavy criticism from away fans, the club claimed on Friday that the provision of free coaches was the result of "weeks of planning and productive discussions" by its Official Supporters Board.

Meanwhile West Ham have also announced that three junior season ticket holders will be entered into a ballot to win a place as mascot. The club currently sells mascot places at up to ?700 per child per match.

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