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West Ham protests dwindle

Met Police estimated that around 50 supporters turned up for a West Ham ramble protest from Stratford Park to London Stadium before yesterday’s 3-0 win. The peaceful walk was arranged on a KUMB forum by readers. Another estimated 200 supporters took part in a static demonstration organised by a number of Facebook groups outside the London Stadium directors entrance although those who took part in the static demonstration gave estimates of between 400 and 1,000.

Both protests ended peacefully and there was no trouble.

Whatever the real numbers were, what is not in doubt is that over 50,000 supporters got behind the team when the kick-off whistle blew. The army of pitchside stewards with football boots and safety glasses were not needed nor were the new barriers or extra police presence as the game finished without troubles or protests within the stadium. There is no doubt that early West Ham goals helped calm the anxiety and frustration previously felt in the stadium which has felt toxic at previous games. The football boot cladded stewards, barriers and police are here to stay for the remainder of the season but I don’t think they will be needed.

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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

6 comments on “West Ham protests dwindle

  1. I would not get carried away with one dwindle! talking to people around me the win was more important Saturday, but the anger is still high! and I can’t see that changing at all.

  2. totally agree jaybs…..the issues around our great club won’t go away easily…it’s going to take a huge investment in the squad and although it’s going to take a few seasons before we reap the benefits plus our youngsters coming through should be a sound base …. if we can get through this season without being relegated the board are going to have to pull out all stops to prevent another awful topsy-turvy year ……
    But my real thoughts are can they afford the players that are needed without getting investors on board who can !!

  3. I agree great win Saturday and even if we stay up it dosnt change anything imo …the club still needs change’s from the board right to the team ..

  4. Totally agree. The issues that have upset everyone have not gone away but getting behind the team is the main priority til the end of the season . Let’s hope Mr Gold and Mr Sullivan ,because of the few people on the march , don’t think that all has settled down for them to carry on the the same way because let me tell the pair of you , it hasn’t !!!! Listening to the fans around us Id say everyone is still as angry at the way the stadium and club are being managed

  5. Im glad to see the two bob little protests have run their course, the pitch invaders that cost us 3 points and the two mavericks who called a march then called off a march that was the catalyst for the planned trouble v Burley are in the past and should stay there, only support gets results, a good atmosphere and 3 great goals go to prove we have the players who have the tools to get us mid table where we belong.

  6. how many of this angry minority have been banned from upton park or the london stadium or both in the past. would be interesting to see the figures on that. those that are protesting because they never wanted to leave upton park and move to a new stadium are flogging a dead horse. you cant sack the board they own the club. not so long ago you were complaining that you thought their intention was to sell the club for a profit and they were only in it to make money. now you are complaining because they wont sell the club. not sure they can sell it until 2020 anyway. have some intelligence. get behind the team to ensure premier league survival. then if after the next transfer window you still cant see progress complain all you want.

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