West Ham United’s owners David Sullivan and David Gold have been urged to curry favour with fans by following the lead of Leicester City.
West Ham fans have been protesting against the duo and vice-chairman Karren Brady again this season.
More than 8,000 fans joined a march against the board before the home win over Southampton.
And another protest was planned before this month’s home game against Burnley.
That, like the season itself, has been shelved due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Football on hold for a very real survival fight
West Ham’s battle against relegation is on hold as a result.
There is uncertainty over when, or indeed if, the Premier League season will resume.
Brady herself made her stance clear when she called for the season to be declared “null and void” in the wake of the crisis (The Sun).
West Ham’s survival is very much secondary to real life survival against the backdrop of hundreds of deaths each day in this country alone.
It is a worrying and confusing time for everyone. The resumption of football will give the nation hope that things are on the mend, but only when the time is right and it is safe to do so.
Debate and speculation has raged over what could happen to the reminder of the campaign. The FA extended the season for an indefinite period to allow leagues to finish the current campaigns.
Growing uncertainty over whether season will resume
But there is a growing feeling that among Premier League clubs that will not be viable (The Independent).
That has left supporters wondering what will happen regarding their season tickets.
And West Ham fans are calling on Sullivan and Gold to follow the shining example of class set by Leicester City.
Leicester announced a series of ticketing contingencies this week (LCFC).
“In the interests of providing some assurance to supporters while we await further clarity on the resumption of Premier League football and any associated impact on both the current season and the 2020/21 season, the following prospective measures have been put in place,” LCFC announced.
“In the event that any of our postponed home 2019/20 fixtures go ahead as normal, all tickets will remain valid for the rearranged date. However, if it is determined that any of City’s four remaining home Premier League matches in the 2019/20 season cannot be played at all, or will be played behind closed doors, then Season Ticket Holders will have the choice between:
– offsetting the pro-rata value of the affected matches against the cost of their 2020/21 Season Ticket; or
– a cash refund of equivalent value.
“We understand that the current situation has presented unforeseen challenges for many. Supporters suffering particular financial hardship who are concerned that they may not be able to meet the 1 April payment should contact the Club on [email protected], quoting their supporter number.”
West Ham fans call on owners to follow Leicester’s lead
WestHamMatters posted the classy Leicester contingency plans to Hammers co-owner Gold on Twitter.
“Hi David Gold,” WestHamMatters said on Twitter.
“This is what Leicester are doing for season ticket holders. I take it West Ham will follow suit?”
This is what Leicester are doing for season ticket holders.
I take it West Ham will follow suit? pic.twitter.com/V3fDIT3C4u
— Brownie (@WestHamMatters) March 30, 2020
The suggestion West Ham should follow the Foxes and do the same was met with approval from a host of Hammers fans.
Here are a selection of responses from fans.
Money off next season would be lovely and considering many people will be worse off than before it’s the least they can do
— John groom (@Likemydreams76) March 31, 2020
Proper run club mate
— Rich ⚒ WHUFC ⚒🙅🏻♂️ (@ironsrichie) March 30, 2020
Not likely, they’ll probably charge the fans more money
— #GSBOUT (@aplin87) March 31, 2020
You just know they’ll do the right thing …..🤔 #GSBOUT
— West Ham Geezer ⚒ (@WHUFCGeezer) March 31, 2020
Haha, we will get club cash that runs out on 1st July and you can only buy club kit…..😂
— Alex (@wrighty1973) March 31, 2020
Won’t hold me breath, don’t expect anything back on ST 😞
— CRANNY 🙈🙊🙉 🏴🏴⚒️⚒️⚒️😷 (@02sfield) March 31, 2020
If they do they will be last to announce and begrudgingly , waiting and watching
— Ian frankum (@frankum_ian) March 31, 2020
If the club want to refund all mine can go to support the NHS
— John Smith (@Jollyjohnny123) March 31, 2020
‘Classy club, everything we would like West Ham to be’
I don’t consider Leicester’s options as anything generous. They seem the obvious thing to do. Anything less is scandalous.
— Steve Linton (@SteveLinton7) March 31, 2020
I do expect something similar. Plus we have missed more than 4 home games
— Jordan Benning (@Westhamjordan92) March 31, 2020
Steve isn’t there something in the T and C’s that means they can get away with not doing the decent thing. Ie. Act of god… beyond their control…
— Steve Smith (@hornchurchammer) March 31, 2020
No chance whufc will do that lol
— Billy Stone (@BillStone23) March 31, 2020
They’ll have the season ticket renewal deadline in May as usual you watch
— tony little (@tonylittle29) March 31, 2020
Popcorn voucher incoming
— WestHamOnline (@WestHamOnline) March 31, 2020
Leicester are a very classy club, they are everything we would like West Ham to be!
— Dharm Tailor (@djdharms) March 31, 2020