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New WHU fans’ group launched

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Ali Worth is a lifelong West Ham United fan, season ticket holder and Supporters Advisory Board (SAB) member. Ali’s keen to start an Independent Supporters’ Association (ISA) and asked if we’d help spread the word to her fellow Hammers. More below including event date, time and registration

I started looking at establishing an ISA at last year’s FSF AGM as all the conversations I was having with fellow WHU fans were the same; they felt increasingly alienated from our wonderful club for a multitude of reasons.

One of the main reasons I kept hearing was that fans felt they were not being listened to. As a SAB member, I do not feel they are representative enough of the wider fan base and many believe that their lack of independence hinders the workings and effectiveness of the group.

However, I feel that to ensure ALL fans are given a voice there is absolutely no conflict in having the two groups co-exist and would hope that the aims of both groups would correspond; to work for the best interests of the fans and the club.

The aims of an ISA should, amongst others, be to represent and campaign on behalf of its members; to help increase the ways in which WHU fans can express their affiliation to, and support of, the club and to open and maintain positive and productive channels of communication with the Board. Of equal import is giving a voice to those who would otherwise be excluded from any decision or consultation processes.

For WHUISA to succeed it HAS to be all inclusive and to cover ALL subjects that affect us as fans. I would like to state in the strongest possible terms however that this is NOT an anti-Olympic Stadium campaign, although that will obviously fall under the group’s remit, and the only criteria for joining should be that you bleed Claret and Blue and have the best interests of our club at heart.

At the inaugural meeting fans who attend (or who cannot attend but have emailed consent) will vote on whether the group is established and what form the Constitution takes. I look forward to meeting everyone on the 28th November.

COYI!

Meeting details and registration:

  • Date: Thursday 28th November 2013
  • Time: 7pm for 7.30pm start
  • Venue: Supporters’ Club, Castle Street, E6
  • Registration: [email protected] (draft Constitution can be obtained from this email)

Thanks to Tom Cuppens for the image reproduced under CC license.

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Funding partners

  • The Football Association
  • Premier Leage Fans Fund

Partners

  • Gamble Aware
  • Co-operatives UK
  • FSE
  • Kick It Out
  • Level Playing Field
  • Living Wage Foundation
  • SD Europe