As the weekend approaches and we prepare to welcome Manchester United to the East End this Sunday, here is an update to the progress that we’re making on your behalf as another busy week comes to a close.
We continue in our efforts to raise awareness of away supporters in the home sections at the Olympic Stadium. As you should now be aware, this is a breach of the conditions of sale of their ticket, and the stewarding and security teams are under strict instructions to remove any away supporters that they are made aware off.
Having received a reply from West Ham (who have given their endorsement and assurances as to the competency of the third-party security and stewarding teams), and given the inability of those teams to address what is now a re-occurring issue, we have suggested that the club asks for a re-evaluation of the current processes, administers additional training where possible, and engages with visiting supporters clubs to advise against the practice of crashing the home end, detailing the risk and consequences of such behaviour.
You will also be seeing a number of us giving out stewarding advice leaflets around the ground and in the local area, raising the profile of Hammers United on matchdays. Members of our committee will always make themselves available to discuss any concerns you may have and can normally be found in the Plaistow Community Centre or The King Edward VII in Stratford on Matchdays.
This afternoon we will be attending the Football Supporters Federation Fans for Diversity Conference in London (supporting our own Pride of Irons who are nominated for an award) and look forward to meeting other fan groups from across the country.
We’ll also be at Westfield on Sunday announcing the lucky winner of our promotion with The London Pie and Mash Company at 1230hrs (if you haven’t entered yet, look lively).
The Season Ticket Waiting List is another issue that many have complained to us about and we continue to make good progress with our investigations into this and are encouraged by the support we continue to find here. If you are on the waiting list and continue to be frustrated by the lack of clarity around it, please reach out to us directly and we will discuss how we can help.
Progress is also being made with our investigations into Additional Seating at the stadium, and we along with a number of other supporter’s groups await an update from the club regarding its partnership with SOCIOS and we’ll have an update for you all next week on our Xmas bash.
We are also pleased to share that we are now formally engaged with both UEFA and the Government, with the support of the FSF, regarding the continued refusal of the club to meet with us as an independent supporters’ group.
On behalf of the committee, we wish you all a pleasant weekend and look forward to what promises to be a cracking game in the rain on Sunday and three points for the Hammers.