Hammers United, welcome the opportunity to meet with West Ham United tomorrow, Monday 23rd December.
It has long been our aim to achieve meaningful dialogue with the club on behalf of our membership and in the interest of all West Ham fans, in an effort to create an independently operated and open channel of communication that reflects the real views of the fanbase on the matters which are of concern to them.
Those concerns are not limited to, but include the unfinished stadium structure, the matchday experience, the lack of atmosphere, ticketing, pricing, mascots, stewarding, the memorial gardens, facilities for our disabled supporters, safe standing, Champion Place stones, our clubs heritage, an evolving commercial culture bent on consumerism, and the thousands of our time served fans who have become casualties of the failed transition across the borough from Upton Park to Stratford.
As an inclusive, independent, democratic group, that remains free to join, we strive to achieve positive change for all West Ham fans and have nurtured relationships across the football supporting community, including both Houses of Parliament, The Premier League, UEFA, a number of influential West Ham supporters, popular independent fan forums, regional supporters groups, digital entities and The Met Police.
We are proudly affiliated members of the Football Supporters Association, and inside our first year already boast almost 7,000 members on our database, many of whom have been loyal Hammers supporters for decades.
Accordingly, we were disappointed to read Sean Whetstones (until recently a member of the clubs undemocratic construct, the OSB) article published the Claret&Hugh website which he runs with Hugh Southon, citing comments by “club insiders”, raising uncomfortable questions of both confidentiality and integrity on the eve of our meeting.
We will address those comments directly tomorrow with the club’s official representatives and then with Mr Whetstone through the appropriate channels.
Should they prove unfounded, a full public retraction and apology would of course be expected.