The West Ham Supporters Club also known as the Hammers Social Club in Castle Street held an Emergency General Meeting (EGM) last week called by its members to decide whether to close their doors or not.
Claret and Hugh understand the social club is losing around £7,000 per month and has been doing so since West Ham moved out of the Boleyn Ground last summer. Their remaining bank balance is rumoured to have dwindled to around £30,000 and they are not sure how long they can carry on. The motion to close down the Castle street club was defeated by the fifty members present at the meeting and the social club will remain open for now with the full Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled for the 9th April.
A suggested additional motion of no confidence in the current committee by some members was rejected by the chairman and was not added to the agenda so it seems the committee will live on to fight another day.
An insider at the meeting told ClaretandHugh that the committee is split whether they should move to Stratford or not and said in their personal view the current committee were dysfunctional. Chairperson Doreen Hoadley is understood to have met a West Ham United director and Newham in February to see what they can do to help but some of the committee were in the dark with regards what was discussed.
Newham are said to have offered a barge and another property close to Stratford as possible options which allow the club to move.
The West Ham Supporters Club are understood to own some flats nearby in East Ham which also produce income. If the social club do decide to close the remaining assets would be sold off and split amongst its members. Current members from the 2015/2016 season have been extended free of charge.
The social club is understood to pay a peppercorn rent of just 5 pence per year to Newham council with 75 years of the long lease reamining. The supporters club is thought to have moved into their current Castle street building in 1955 but it was in existence before that.
It was the supporters club which founded the Hammer of the year award at the beginning of the 1957/58 season when members wanted to recognise the outstanding player with an official award. The first recipient was defender Andy Malcolm, whose form helped Ted Fenton’s side to win the Division Two title on the final day of a memorable campaign.
Teenage Chelsea striker Dominic Solanke is reported as being of interest to West Ham and several other Premier League clubs.
The 19 year old seems likely to leave Stamford Bridge when his contract expires in the summer with wage demands of around £50,000-a-week too rich for even Chelsea’s blood.
Apart from the Irons, Everton are said to have an interest along with Sunderland and Arsenal..
Liverpool were linked with him at one stage but they they are likely to look elsewhere with Solankeset to command an £8m fee through a tribunal although club from abroad would only be required to pay £300,000 in compensation.
A Hammers source said: “We are scouting players all the time – he and others – are among those that would have been looked at.”
West Ham supporters agree that the club have turned a corner in their new home and it is starting to feel like home.
Yesterday we ran a story that West Ham joint Chairman David Gold said: “I absolutely agree it feels more like home, especially in recent games”
On the back of Mr Gold’s comments we ran a ClaretandHugh poll and sixty eight per cent of supporters agree with the chairman. With 1,224 voting, 833 fans say the London Stadium is starting to feel like home while 391 disagree accounting for the remaining 32%.
Not everyone agrees that things at the Stratford stadium is improving and one supporter challenged the poll saying “Maybe you should survey real West Ham fans and then you would get a true perspective”
When asked for a definition of a real West Ham fan the supporter said that they should “Be able to recite word for word our song Over Land and See (OLAS) and to name the 1980 cup winning side”
Sorry but in our book if you love West Ham and spent your time and money following them you are a real Hammer.
West Ham believe there remains interest in Sofiane Feghouli from Italian outfit Roma but won’t let him leave for less than £9 million in the summer.
Slaven Bilic may now be ready to listen to summer offers for the player following the arrival of Robert Snodgrass and although Algerian has started to show some form a decent offer would be considered.
Roma have had a long term interest in the 27 year old although ClaretandHugh has been told this evening that there is other interest beyond that.
With Michail Antonio and Snodgrass available down the right with Andre Ayew also available in emergencies it looks likely that all options remain open should a club show firm interest in Feghouli.
ClaretandHugh was told: ” We believe there is interest beyond Roma and we will always listen should sensible inquiries be made.
“However Sofiane is a good player who is showing some decent form and has the rest of the season to show he can become a valuable player to the club,”
West Ham went on a meet and greet with selfies and autographs included today.
New signings Jose Fonte and Robert Snodgrass were among the players involved as the squad met the local fans at the Sevens Stadium on Saturday.
After mixing with the supporters, the lads were put through their paces by Slaven Bilic and his coaching staff in the warm Middle East conditions.
Noble told the club’s website: ‘It’s great to meet fans who come from all these different places we go on tour and for training camps, and you see how passionate they are about the club even though they cannot get to every home game.
Gonzo is on the loose again with a new a quirky and satirical look at the world of West Ham news and social media simply called NEWSBEAT.
Here you will find a selection of stories, blogs, posts and amusing videos selected by Gonz which will contain anything that has amused, irritated or interested him on the various Hammers sites over the last couple of weeks.
The section at the end has footage of Bradford fans singing about Josh Cullen, our fans singing about Jose Fonte as well as a selection of very odd fans songs from some opposition teams