'Cash cows and consumers' call for change

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 17th June 2024

A petition calling for West Ham United's board to drop plans to phase out concession seating for Under 16s and over 65s has now attracted more than 5,000 signatures.

The petition, launched by an unnamed group last week was created to fight back against the board's recent decision to restrict bands 1-4 at the London Olympic Stadium to full-paying customers - regardless of their age.

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That decision, which is likely to net the club no more than an estimated £3-5million per year according to football finance experts, has been heavily criticised by thousands of supporters - many of whom are now expressing their disdain by adding their name to the petition.

Hosted on the change.org platform, the petition continues to gather traction with more than 1,000 fans having added their names in the last 24 hours - while many have made their view on the club's latest policy quite clear.

"It appears the footballing powers have forgotten that the fans are the heart of any club," wrote Steve Tully. "Without them there is no club. The fans need to be treated with respect and consideration and not just considered as an income stream."

A view supported by fellow signee Mushtaq Akhoonjee, who added: "Enough is enough. I pay just under £1,800 a season for two [season tickets], that's before travel & food. It's £3.5k once all that's added in and I haven't even included any away games or Europe, when we were there recently.

"We must all realise by now that with big corporations, loyalty counts for nothing. We are cash cows and consumers in their eyes."

While Chris Lott spoke for many elderly fans. "I’m 65 and was expecting to get my half price season ticket after supporting West Ham since I was 16 and have been a season ticket holder for over 20 years," he said.

"I wrote to Wast Ham to complain, I told them it was like being kicked in the teeth. They told us moving to the new stadium would keep prices low, they now have 30,000 more seats but aren’t interested in their long term supporters."

If you would like to add your name to the petition, visit change.org.

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