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Black balloon protest to be televised

Hammers United are planning a Black Balloon protest and banners at Anfield this evening which is broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK.

Up to 1,800 West Ham supporters will be travelling to Liverpool tonight with a reduced allocation from the 3,000 they would usually take.

Every Premier League game is broadcast to 188 countries and available in 978 million homes.

Supporters of the anti board protest have been asked to release black balloons and hold up banners against the West Han owners as the teams come out for the televised 8pm kick off.

It has been reported Liverpool supporters in the Kop end may also join in with their own banner if a generous donation is made to their food bank collection.

The away protest comes five days ahead of a protest walk along the Greenway as West Ham face Southampton at the London Stadium this Saturday.

The balloon protest mirror scenes seen in the early nineties when Hammers fans protested against the unpopular bond scheme. I have just been reading a book called Rebellion: The Growth of Football’s Protest Movement by Dougie Brimson.

The book written in 2006 has a chapter about about West Ham written by Jim Drury on the Bond Scheme and Brown Out protests organised by Supporter groups of the time HISA (Hammers Independent Supporters’ Association) and WHISTLE (West Ham Independent Supporters Trust London East). Several parallels can be found of the protests of the nineties and and the more recent ones.

Meanwhile, the Hammers players will warm up in T shirts to honour the 27th anniversary of Bobby Moore’s passing.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

14 comments on “Black balloon protest to be televised

  1. Great 😦 that should really set the mood for the evening. NEGATIVITY .

    • Like the team were against City last week then NEGATIVE,cant fault us fans who were there ,all you could hear was West Ham and bubbles even when we all knew the game was up without us even laying a glove on em.It ain’t the fans setting the mood for Negativity more like the manager in the way hes set us up, but if you want to finish above Norwich on goal difference in 19th then fair play,I always thought it was points that kept you up.If it goes all wrong against yer Southamptons,Burnley’s and Watfords these are games sadly we will look back on and think why the hell didnt we av a go at em,we ain’t expected to get anything out of the game but as we all know football is a funny old game and anything can happen, the NEGATIVITY starts from the management not the stands.

  2. What is wrong with these people for gods sake get behind the team and stop being so negative. If you think this type of thing has no effect on the team their mad, it causes an negative defeatist atmosphere that gets reflected in the performance.
    If they want to organize any other counterproductive activities please don’t do it on match days. Get behind the team I love or please go and support some one else.

  3. Not in my name thanks. Hammers United are a disgrace. I’ll be celebrating with black balloons at the funeral of hammers United. I’m sure that will happen as soon as West Ham start picking up results. Which they will do with us supporters behind them encouraging them.

  4. That hammers United are siding with away fans, in this case Liverpool, just about says it all.

  5. These aren’t real fans, they just want to moan and even want us to get relegated. they represent a tiny minority of moron fans. you don’t hear a peep when we appoint Pellegrini and spend big money, you will never please an idiot.

    • They travel to Liverpool on a Monday night,time off work, travel costs etc for a televised game and you have the cheek to say they’re morons and not real fans!

    • Travel to Liverpool on a Monday night for a televised game, taking time off work, travel costs etc and you from your armchair say they’re not real fans,just morons and idiots! You’re a real class act

  6. Great pollute the sky, animals will accidentally eat them when they burst and fall on the ground
    Cannot see how this demo will help

  7. They are 100% behind the team as you will hear,sitting in your armchairs,later!!

  8. What’s wrong with these so called fans us fans that travel up and down the country have every right to show our chairman and the lady smug what we think of them a few black balloons will hardly put our players of im in liverpool tonight and 99 % of our away following want our useless owners out and gone from our club so think again when criticising our fans who travel away every game let’s see if the players have as much heart as our away supporters I sadly doubt it

  9. The fans really should be honouring the anniversary of Bobby Moore and not making things even gloomier than they currently are.
    We need to start playing well and just don’t need this right now, as this will affect the team.

  10. I agree Peter it’s easy to say it when your sat in a chair at home …if you pay to travel up and down the country to watch this rubbish, you have every right to protest..more so than anyone

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