talks from the heart
I have been West Ham Ticket season ticket holder for more years than I care to remember and before that I paid cash on the turnstiles of the South bank terraces during much of the eighties.
I understand a large proportion of the 20,000 season ticket holders have yet to renew their season tickets and are adopting a wait and see stance. I am one of them.
The club has desperately resorted to getting first team players to ring up fans to thank them for renewing in a move which hasbeen seen as cringe worthy by some.
Speaking to fellow season ticket holders in the Sir Trevor Brooking lower, there are two camps on the issue.
The first claim they will never renew while Sam Allardyce remains our manager; the second, which includes me, will leave renewal until the last possible moment in a semi protest about the lack of enjoyment at home this season.
I believe the second camp is the larger. It is all very well to claim you will not renew but being a season ticket holder is such as much about “the day” which is interrupted by 90 minutes of football.
As my mate John who is a fellow season ticket holder said to me recently after one of many home defeats this season ‘A brilliant day out spoilt by the football’
The phrase ‘West Ham family’ is over-used but the pre-match journey, the eating and drinking before the match, the half time moaning and post match banter is all part of the experience for me.
Why would I give up my Saturday because of one manager? It would be cutting off my nose to spite my face. What would I do with my Saturdays instead?
The season ticket renewal deadline is the June 2 – just ten 10 after the scheduled board meeting on the May 23 to decide Sam Allardyce’s fate.
Meanwhile, this evening over 100 West Ham Supporters Advisory Members meet at the Boleyn with David Gold attending!
Unfortunately because I only received six days notice I can’t make tonight’s meeting but I am guessing the co-chairman will be quizzed about the last 24 hours despite the topic of manager not being formally on the agenda.