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chav_corner 10:31 Thu Apr 11
Hammers United.-What do we want.
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HAMMERS UNITED.-WHAT DO WE WANT?

As you know we have written to the club seeking a meeting.There are so many issues to raise but in particular we will be highlighting the following:-

Ticket Prices and Season Ticket renewals.

Some bands have seen major increases.Seats have been moved from one band to another(without notifying those affected).Renewal date brought forward.Those not renewing corporate tickets not being able to downgrade but forced to go to the back of the waiting list.And as for the waiting list what a shambles that is with tickets seemingly randomly issued.
We have had others better qualified than us produce a full report which will form the basis of any discussion with the club.

The London Stadium and Match Experience.

Well where do you start.We have been inundated with things our members want changed.Many issues stem from inadequate and frankly very bad stewarding.Improving this must be the priority.we are all sick to death of heavy handed stewarding,away fans in West Ham sections and stewards cheering when the opposition score.The Club have a duty of care to see that it’s supporters are treated fairly and at the same time be able to watch the match in a safe environment.It is not good enough to say the stewards are not their responsibility.-The well being of THEIR supporters is.
There are many other things supporters want changed but we feel the stewarding is the most important and will concentrate our efforts accordingly.However one reoccurring complaint which might be easily resolved is the lack of refreshment facilities in the upper tier.At half time It is impossible for supporters to get down the stairs,buy food and get back up again before kick off.Is there room on the upper tiers to add a refreshment area?

Memorial Gardens.

A very emotive subject.-And so it should be.
Supporters have loved ones here and understandably get very upset when the gardens are neglected .There is no doubt that the gardens have not been maintained regularly.Plans are in place for major improvements.We will keep an eye on developments.

Mascots.

West Ham charge more than any other Premier League club.Neil Taylor at LLTB.has raised this and been in contact with the club on the matter.it is about time he got a bit of support on this.
Help for Disabled Supporters.
To be fair West Ham seem to be trying hard to help supporters.Julie Pidgeon deals with accessibility issues and we have heard nothing but praise for her.There does seem to be one major issue in that the shuttle buses are held back until the away fans are dispersed.-Leading to a long wait.This is not good and needs to be addressed.
Champions Place Stones.
Another emotive subject .-And again so it should be.
The stones are becoming dirty and it is getting hard to see the inscriptions.This is after a relatively short space of time.If they are not cleaned and properly maintained the whole concept and meaning of them will have been a waste of time.-This needs to be addressed and should not be difficult for the club to resolve.

Erradication of our heritage.

Where do we start? Lee Rogers wrote a great piece on this which is on our facebook page.Says it all really.
West ham had a passionate and loyal fan base which was the envy of most clubs.-without doubt the best fans in London and perhaps the country.The fanbase didn’t need gentrifying.-The club should have played to it’s strengths.-For example maybe having a pop up Boleyn Pub in the ground.-And a pop up Nathans and Ercans.Many passionate long standing supporters have walked away.-feeling they are no longer wanted.We would like to see the club reach out to these supporters and try and get them back.
Many long term supporters feel that they just aren’t wanted there anymore.The club can put pictures etc up celebrating our heritage and that helps.-But what we want is to be made to feel welcome.We look forward to the imput of our members at the meeting of April 20th.-Especially so on what we put to the club on this.

Our away supporters.

The club give them no help whatsoever.As a committee we have 3 suggestions listed below which we want to put to the club.
!.The club offer next to no help with away travel.Our Supporters have solved this themselves with the brilliant Hornchurch coaches and Ironworks tours. However we would like to see train travel be put on for one off night games to long distance places such as Liverpool and Manchester in the league cup in recent years when no scheduled trains back were available.Trains are very expensive but for cup games the Club get a cut of the gate money.Manchester United the other year was around £60 a pop so every additional fan West Ham took they would have got nearly £20 which could have offset train costs.The situation probably arises once a year,if that,but we would like to see the club look into it.
2.Watford and Newcastle have a reciprocal arrangement whereby each gives the others fans £5 off admission.We would like to see West Ham contact both and see if this could be arranged.
3.Another suggestion is that when somebody has booked say 6 away games in one season then the club should make a gesture to thank them for their loyalty.-Perhaps a voucher for a free pie and a pint
One way or another we would like to see some help for our great away following.If any of our members have any other ideas we will of course take them into consideration.
Investment in the Playing Squad.
We encourage the club to invest as much as possible to give West Ham United the best possible chance of success on the pitch.They did invest heavily last Summer but investment in the years before has been woefully inadequate and we still have an aging and unbalanced squad.Sustained investment is required.Hopefully the club will match it’s obvious competitors in Leicester,Wolves,Everton .We do not expect it to match the investment of the top 6,that would be unfair.Rumours are that the Club will have a net spend of around £25 million this Summer.We hope these rumours are unfounded.This figure is obviously totally unrealistic in today’s Premier League.

These points will be put to our members on April 20th for endorsement.
We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.
Thank You.
Greg Hobbs(Secretary).

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Peckham 12:42 Sun Sep 15
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
Not a huge fan of Hammers United. Maybe if all other splinter groups emerged United as Hammers United I would feel differently.
However Gavros nomination to the board , he may have been slated here, but he had the balls to attend and contribute. So fair play.
In relation to Mex - the WHO FUND genuinely got me out of a dark place. No exaggeration it has changed my life and how I care for my Mum now after being a shit son for 40 years. Gavros responded, nothing more , nothing less, mediated a transfer and Defjam the rest. He would have to be a complete loon to not support West ham , be on here loads and to create a fund that helps hammers in need. Credit where credit is due. PS As agreed despite initially only needing air miles, I have funds to put back in the fund. Thanks to all.

SurfaceAgentX2Zero 11:26 Sun Sep 8
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
If you excluded everyone who acts the tosser on here (me included), you'd be angling in a very small lake indeed.

Mex Martillo 7:43 Fri Sep 6
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
I really think that you shouldn’t judge the character of a person too much by their posts on WHO. A lot of us act the cunt on here for fun. Personally, I don’t go as far as racism and stuff like that, but I guess some people do, but don’t mean it or are not actually racist or what ever. I was quite impressed how Garvos helped Peckham and that other guy and as they say actions speak loader than words. I’m sure if he really is a scummy cunt, he will be chucked out of Hammers United pretty darn sharp.

charleyfarley 10:43 Thu Sep 5
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
Gav has promised to get us out of the LS by the 31st (he hasn't said which year) so I'm right behind him

Woodford Green 10:29 Thu Sep 5
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
Lily you and me both.

It's hilarious that so many have given their two pence worth on here but didn't have the front to speak out at the meeting when it really counted.

It was such a well chaired and laid back meeting with no airs and graces. Everyone had a chance to speak and all points raised were given fair consideration. Gavros was there to be put down....but the rest is history.

I'd like to think that if it turns out he does a good job, some of his critics will graciously accept they might have judged him wrong but I don't hold much hope on that.

chav_corner 7:17 Thu Sep 5
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
We are not interested in what may or may not have happened in the past.He seems a nice enough fella to me and whats more important is that he has an extensive knowledge of The Olympic Stadium and as such will be a big asset to Hammers United and to West Ham fans.He took the time and made the effort to come on Saturday and wants to work for the benefit of West Ham fans.He was democratically elected and has our full support.-We look forward to his contribution..

Lily Hammer 6:55 Thu Sep 5
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
Gentlemen, give the man a chance to either prove you right, or, as we should hope, to prove you wrong.

He won’t be hiding behind a keyboard, he’ll be face to face with Hammers you can trust will out him if he really is the anti-christ, or a naughty boy.

I’ve clearly not been keeping track with the WHO soap opera to know why this is such an area of contention.

Niblets 6:25 Thu Sep 5
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
'If he had any integrity he would have turned down the offer to join committee.'

This

Lee Trundle 2:07 Thu Sep 5
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
Who's the idiot who recommended him?

I'd be chucking them out too.

Goldfinger 1:20 Thu Sep 5
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
Listen he wants to dish it out on here then he can take it as well.

The geezer is a cunt

Thankyou for the offers to speak to people in person or by phone plenty of us can see you are doing the right thing.

If he had any integrity he would have turned down the offer to join committee.
Most people would have thought to themselves,you know what I showed myself up and I'll keep away from this.

And don't give me the oh he's realised he was wrong.Its just words and it's all a game to him.

He's a self-indulgent jackndanny who loves himself and hasn't got one bit of interest in other West Ham fans.

Phil_74 11:59 Thu Sep 5
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
He was voted in democratically..people were given the opportunity to turn up and vote or speak to Bubbles in person but for whatever the reason, didn't take up the offer.

What I will say to Gavros is..cut out the trolling and slagging off other fan forums groups etc. Grow up!

You have the chance to join these great guys at Hammers United and fight for the fans...don't blow it!

For those that have said "I'm out" please don't, stay with HU and see how it goes..if Gavros doesn't toe the line we can all as members get him out.
COYI

Niblets 11:52 Thu Sep 5
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
ChesterRd 12:25 Wed Sep 4

He earned from that.

Fact

Mr Kenzo 11:43 Thu Sep 5
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
Can I nominate the Duchess of Hackney ?

Woodford Green 11:38 Thu Sep 5
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
What Peterborough said.

I find it fascinating that so many on here cant see Gavros to be at times nothing more than a wind up merchant on here.

Its also fair, IMO to say that his knowledge of the stadium's structure and operation is right up there with the best of us here. Give the bloke a chance in this role and if you aren't satisfied come March come and voice your opinion at the meeting and better still ask for a nomination to join the committee yourself.

Peterboroughiron 10:02 Thu Sep 5
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
How refreshing to know that there are still democratic processes being upheld in this country
As Chav rightly said the guy was nominated and voted in if you can’t be arsed to vote you can’t really complain

chav_corner 6:54 Thu Sep 5
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
it really is so simple.he was recommended to us and the person who recommended him nominated him for the committee.This would have to be ratified at last weeks meeting by the membership.Some on here were not happy.I explained the process on here whereby they could come to the meeting and raise their objections.-None did.-Loxford said he would meet them for a chat.-No-response.I pmd 4 on here giving them my personal phone no.if they wanted to phone me for a chat.-no response.This man was seconded and endorsed by the membership who took the time and made the effort to come to the meeting.The new committee member will serve till elections are held at our AGM in March.We think he will do a good job but if he fails to do so then the committee could remove him with a vote of no confidence.we are a democratic body governed by our constitution and have acted correctly .

Lily Hammer 11:15 Wed Sep 4
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
Chester raises a good point about the fund to help out Hammers in need. Everybody acts the div on here, from time to time, some more often, but not everybody bothers to do that level of good.

Gavros has not been made leader of the group, he’s simply been accepted to give some input and see if he can help the cause.

I can think of plenty of things more worthy of worrying about.

Takashi Miike 12:36 Wed Sep 4
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
I couldn't give a shit what he set up, he's a cunt

ChesterRd 12:25 Wed Sep 4
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
What about when he set up the fans in need fund? Looking after our own is West Ham is it not?

A fans group can't claim to represent the fan base if everyone is a white middle aged bloke who's had a ST for 30 years.

I would hope Hammers Utd are there to represent all West Ham fans not just one section of it.

Lee Trundle 10:52 Tue Sep 3
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
"How does someone who has had one ST his whole adult life, which was for the first season at the OS and then given up immediately, think they qualify to represent fans interests against a board they blindly and heavily backed in the run up to the move?"

God knows.

I absolutely hate putting our support down, but supporters like GAVVY are exactly the type of fans we don't need getting involved with this.

Moncurs Putting Iron 4:48 Mon Sep 2
Re: Hammers United.-What do we want.
Johnson 3:47 Mon Sep 2

Has he come in as a token OSer and taken your spot on the Committee then?

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