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Statement: No march in March

The West Ham United Independent Supporters Association (WHUISA) wishes to register its disappointment that the group has been unable to gain permission to hold a peaceful, lawful demonstration this Saturday, 10th March 2018.

Correspondence received today from Newham Council stated “it would be beneficial to all parties if we could postpone for a short period of time to give everyone time to consider a proposal which would be safe for participants, without substantial disruption to the road network and agreeable to stakeholders, landowners and those with responsibility for safety in the area.”

Since Thursday 1st March, the WHUISA committee has worked tirelessly with the authorities in order to comply with all proper regulations and procedures needed to hold a march. On behalf of the WHUISA committee, we would like to thank all those who have been involved with the efforts including the hundreds of new members who have joined us. The issue of a protest march will not be raised again until the WHUISA AGM later in the year, details of which will be sent to members.

Claims were also made that the group is affiliated with the Mayor of London’s office. This is untrue. WHUISA is a resolutely non-political, democratic, completely independent organisation, proudly affiliated to the FSF and will continue to work for the benefit of all West Ham United supporters and to hold the board to account.

We believe that this commitment to transparency is a fundamental requirement of WHUISA’s role as a voice of West Ham fans. All our work is done in consultation with our members so we hope if you are not already a member you will now join us now for just £1 (www.whuisa.org/join)

West Ham United Independent Supporters Association Committee – 6th March 2018

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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 “Statement: No march in March

  1. Imho this is good news.

  2. Good News ; if anyone thought it would have been peaceful is disillusioned . There are always those that would turn a March of Protest into something else . We don’t need protest marches ,,, we need support . A Football Team and or Club is a Sporting Body , not a political toy for those that are disgruntled with Thier Teams performance . I find it very sad that a Minority Group of people would want to stage this march in the first place . The great majority of fans know about West Ham United and it’s enviable History . They are also tired of being just another team in the English Football League System . We all want success , but that only comes by giving your Club your full support instead of marching and protesting., about nothing , in reality . An element of dissatisfaction is understandable and very frustrating to all of us , but marches of protest !! , please get a grip .

    • Marching for nothing? You must be joking..You need to get a grip.The club have done absolutely nothing to make that new stadium feel like a home..unfortunately RWHFAG blew there chance unfortunately as Brady played them for fools..

  3. It will still happen its been spoken about to much whether there is permission or not thousands of unhappy fans will find a way to protest peacefully that day …its inevitable IMO ..and good on em …

  4. it takes 4 drunk idiots to cause a whole heap of trouble. i think in a crowd of 500+ plus west ham fans the odds of finding those is pretty high. no offence of course, but let’s be realistic here.

  5. An unorangised march will only end one way. It will get nasty & people will get hurt.
    I would say the majority of the fans are off with how things are going but get a few wins & PL safety then the majority of fans will be happy.

  6. My friends and I will not be drunk and are not idiots.We will still be marching.

  7. My friends and I will still be marching,in a peaceful protest against the Board as is our democratic right..

  8. Until it all happens again next season.

  9. im glad the march is off . im sure the rumours about the mayors office are just conspiracy theory. im sure sadiq khan, daniel levy and barry hearn arent members or have donated in any way.

  10. Lets see what happens, judging by Mike on Monday’s video reading between the lines I guess they thought some were not intent on it being a peaceful march ? As a non marcher I genuinely still have no idea what the goal is/was, it seems from the outside looking in it was a disparate group of groups without a single clear message and various objectives / intents. The board offered absolutely nothing, the only good thing to come from it was the money for Isla and well done to those who secured that, so in that case why was the march cancelled ? RWHFAG gave us more BS and meaningless drivel than the owners have, trying to spin a loss of face and embarassing climb down as some kind of positive in the collective good of the club, as someone opposed to the march I would argue that marching whilst in the throws of a relegation battle is in the collective good of the club although not perhaps in the way it was intended by the RWHFAG’s statement.

    • I should correct that last statement ” I would argue that NOT marching whilst in the throws of a relegation battle is in the collective good of the club although not perhaps in the way it was intended by the RWHFAG’s statement.”

  11. I think the intent was to demonstrate to the board that it’s not just a few fans here and there that are unhappy at their efforts. Fans marching in their thousands would have clearly shown the depth of feeling and the determination not to be brushed under the carpet, appeased by vague promises or totally ignored. As has happened repeatedly so far.

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