10,000 West Ham fans can't be wrong

  • by Staff Writer
  • Tuesday, 9th July 2024

West Ham's board may have been hoping the fuss would quietly die down, yet with the beginning of new Premier League season just a matter of weeks away support for calls to reverse changes to concession rates for juniors and over 66s continues to grow.

Three weeks after a petition to that effect was launched on change.org by an unnamed group of West Ham supporters - in the wake of widespread condemnation of the board's decision to remove concession seating rates in Bands 1-4 for new season ticket holders in those demographic groups - the 10,000-signature barrier was broken, as hundreds of fans continue to add their support to the petition on a daily basis.

The board, who we understand have previously refused offers to comment about the furore have remained tight-lipped throughout, while backing for the campaign grows.

However with the petition having now gathered five-figure support - ironically perhaps on the same day West Ham launched the club's new change kit while heralding their links with the local community - it is questionable for how much longer co-chair David Sullivan and CEO Karren Brady can continue to keep schtum in the wake of growing calls for a review of the new concessions rule.

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Explaining recently why there was so much opposition to the board's decision to restrict concession seating to the highest rows of seating in the London Olympic Stadium - which will cost parents hundreds of pounds extra per child per season, should they wish to remain in Bands 1-4 - Hammers United chair Paul Colborne told KUMB:

"Any new season ticket holder who is over 66 or under 21 will only receive the concession price if they sit in Bands 5 or 6," he confirmed. "Those seats not only have a diabolical view, but there's an awful lot of stairs up to those seats. It seems ridiculous that our youngest and oldest fans are being asked to get up there.

"We made some suggestions to West Ham which we'd hoped they would consider - but they won't," added Colborne. "So the fans have to put up with it, or do what West Ham fans have always done best - come together and stick up for our own. These are our most vulnerable supporters under attack."

The petition has been boosted by accompanying, off-shoot campaigns calling for fans to boycott official merchandise, the club's backers - including main sponsor Betway - and the forthcoming pre-season friendly against Celta Vigo, while the board continues to ignore the fans' request for a review of policy.

* If you would like to add your name to the 10,000+ supporters who have already backed the campaign to have the concession seating changes reversed, you may do so on change.org.

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