OS knockers bring WHUFC family together again

nflThe flood of publicity surrounding the OS and the various attacks from other fans groups has had one effect – the West Ham Family has reunited.

Just cast your minds back a few months to the lousy atmosphere that surrounded the issue – the haters were constantly out on Twitter complaining about everything and anything to do with the stadium.

The club appeared to be on the back foot. Blimey, there was even a major debate about whether the move should involve a new badge with the word London appearing upon it.

Furious exchanges were taking place daily – hourly and David Gold was often abused on Twitter on all things OS.

But then the tide started to turn and when when virtually every media organisation led by the BBC and , supported by the likes of Barry Hearn plus around 15 supporters groups, started to kick hell out of us as a club the ‘Family’ cried “enough is enough.”

I’m not sure I’ve ever heard the word taxpayer mentioned so many times – the only argument it seems – against the fact that we had made by far the best offer and passed through a rigourous bidding process.

A siege mentality set in and the Irons family collectively got the hump. From a “stuff the stadium” stance suddenly things turned and it became “our stadium.”

Jealously – which had prompted the attacks on us – probably did more than any concerted and expensive public relation campaign to promote the stadium.

There will always be an ill informed few on Twitter wanting to make an issue out of things and get a brief second of glory by attempting to ride on DG’s name.

The chairman swats them away like the irritating flies which indeed they are.

So thanks BBC and all the rest of you. What you have managed to demonstrate is that we as family as moan at and about each other as much as we like.

But let anyone else do it and there will be hell to pay!


About Hugh5outhon1895

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

6 comments on “OS knockers bring WHUFC family together again

  1. Do all these detractors think that we have the stadium to ourselves all year.
    WE DON’T, we only occupy the stadium for approx 25 days a year, of course someone has to pay for the upkeep etc for the other 340 days of the year when West Ham have absolutely no say in what goes on in the stadium and also we derive no income from anything that happens for those 340 days.
    We pay a fair rent for the meagre 25 days we can use the stadium, other sports and events will be paying for the hire etc and that will alleviate the costs to the taxpayer as the owners, NOT WEST HAM, will be making profits which will be shared with the taxpayer for the next 99 years.
    The stadium would have gone to rot had we not taken it over, albeit , for 25 days a year and so prolonged the life of the stadium for the next generations to enjoy.
    So I say to all who don’t like the deal, get used to it cos it aint gonna change, it’s a good deal all round so take your jealouy and your envy and stick it.


  2. How is it a family reunited when your readers ignore the women’s teams. It’s just the boys keeping the girls in their place in the pecking order.

  3. You really do talk an absolute load of crap Rugby.Go back to Wetpants & get on their nerves like you usually do!!!

  4. Has Rugbyirons got a screw loose.I only ever seem to read him having these strange,random rants.

  5. Come on Hugh,
    The club have handled the move disgracefully, most of the mud slung at them I’ve seen is justified. If DG wants to be on Twitter and take the adulation, the. I’m afraid he shoukd listen and respond to those that disagree.
    The club still ignore the family stand question at the OS, and the fact it looks as if the so called family club won’t be having one.
    The non season ticket holders buying in front of those that have blindly loyalty stuck by the club when it was in turmoil, and they were in Birmingham.
    Please Hugh acknowledge their are many West Ham fans that feel alienated by the club over the move, and I fir one fear for the future of the club

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