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Badly injured Hammer in Thailand needs help

A West Ham fan who was born in Dagenham and lived for several years in Plaistow, a stone’s throw from the Boleyn Ground needs help after suffering appalling injuries in Thailand in a motorcycle accident.

Hammer Harry Cross had been travelling Southeast Asia for the last 5 months. On his way to extend his travel visa, Harry was riding a motorcycle near Kanchanaburi in Thailand, obeying the road rules, wearing a helmet and jacket when he was struck by a sugar cane truck turning across his path. The truck dragged him nearly 15 metres, in the process badly injuring Harry’s right leg from above the knee.

Harry was rushed to the local hospital in a serious condition. Further scans showed he had a shattered pelvis, multiple double bone breaks to his leg and three broken ribs to go with the seriously injured leg. He was rushed into surgery where they were unable to save his leg and amputated above the knee. Harry is now in the ICU in Thailand, he is conscious but obviously in a lot of pain. Unfortunately he did not have travel insurance, his motorcycle was legally registered and therefore had insurance which covers some of the medical bills, but in reality only a VERY small percent.

The truck driver has told police it was not his fault and therefore it will go to court which could take months, if not years for any compensation.

His gofundme page set up by a friend says: “he is not looking for a hand out, he is merely looking for some support, bear in mind that past the medical bills there is going to be a huge journey ahead for him, with the need for a prosthetic leg down the track and learning to walk again.”

His friend and fellow West Ham fan Charlotte Brett-Hogan explained the pair of them worked behind the bar at the East Ham Working Mens Club on match days when West Ham were at the Boleyn Ground. Charlotte said he is a mad West Ham fan and has two tattoos of the Irons.

You can give to his GoFundMe page here

Below is a video made by his parents who have flown out to Thailand to be with their son.

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WHUISA Statement on 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 (

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


West Ham financial update

West Ham’s newly announced financial accounts show a record turnover and record profit but mostly due to the new TV deal which came in last season. The accounts published at companies house today show figures for last season up to 31st May 2017.

The main areas show:

O Turnover increase of 28.9% (£41.2m) from £142.1m to £183.3m

O TV income grew by 7% (£32.6m) from £86.7m to £119.3m

This is in line with many other Premier League clubs when the new Sky/BT deal came into effect last season. Most clubs have increased their turnover by a similar amount.

O  Ticket income grew by 6.3% from £26.9m to £28.6m

The modest increase might be a surprise to some but with 10,000 Under 16 season tickets for £99 and 8,000 Band 5 season tickets for £289 and prizes frozen the only way to increase revenue in this area is to increase ticket pricing which would not go down well with fans.

O Commercial and sponsorship including corporate hospitality sales were up by 35.7% from £19m to £25.8m

This area includes the corporate hospitality called Club London which increased to 3,200 members and better sponsorship deals in the new stadium.

O Retail and shop sales grew by 2% from £9.3m to £9.6m

Again a rather small increase but there are some mitigating factors. The last year in the Boleyn Ground saw record revenue from retail from dedicated merchandise the club shop currently lacks a car park and has limited footfall or passing trade outside of match days.

O The club published a gross profit of £64.4m but this reduced to a net profit of £43m after playing trading, taxation and interest.

While the profit is impressive the club remains relatively cash poor as many transactions are paid for upfront but accounted for (depreciated) over many years in the accounts. These include the £15m for the stadium (depreciated over 99 years, the club shop, office and Westhamification of the London Stadium (depreciated over 10 years) and many players 50% up front but depreciated over the length of the player’s contract.

O The accounts confirm the Boleyn Ground was sold for £38m.

West Ham had already received £10m up front in previous years so the balance of £28m was paid in July 2016 by the developers. This was used mostly pay off bank loans of £14.7m and London Stadium upfront fee of £15m.

O Wages increased by £10.4m from £84.6m to £95m which means wages account for 51.8% of turnover.

The highest paid director wages (believed to be West Ham Vice-Chairman Karren Brady) reduced her salary from £907,000 to £868,000.  In comparison, Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis was paid £2.65m plus a £1m bonus in 2016 despite not winning anything as a club so it could be argued her salary remains below the market rate. David Gold and David Sullivan did not draw a wage or claim any expenses.

O An update on West Ham loans:

External bank loans totalling £14.7m to shareholders CB Holding ehf (Icelandics) and (GC Co 102 Limited) David Sullivan were repaid on 15th July 2016 to make West Ham externally debt free of long-term non-share holder loans. Interest was charged at under 5%.

The club re-paid their £30m short-term loan to Media Rights and Funding secured against TV money on 14th July 2017. In August 2017 they took out two new short-term loans with Media Rights and Funding totalling £25m secured against the training grounds and Stadium lease to help with cash flow. These loans are due for repayment in July 2018.

The Share Holder loan balance has reduced from £49.2m to £45m in August 2016 after David Gold and David Sullivan were repaid £4.2m of their loans plus £2.2m in interest.

Interest on shareholder loans totalled £12.7m in May 2017 but £10m of this was later paid back to David Gold and David Sullivan on 18th August 2017. The interest on the remaining balance has reduced from 7% to 4% from 1st April 2017 with the shareholder loan balance due for repayment on 1st January 2020.

Shareholder Tripp Smith paid a £9.5m interest-free loan to West Ham in September 2017 after buying 10% of the shares from the Icelandic’s.

A full copy of the accounts can be found at:

The club have published their own summary at

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West Ham Association membership for a pound

The West Ham United Independent Supporters Association – WHUISA has reduced the cost of membership to just £1!

The association says their aim is to provide a democratic, fully independent and self-funding structure through which all West Ham fans can voice their opinions without censure on matters that are important to us as well as express their support of our Club.

WHUISA says they are a non-partisan, not-for-profit organisation run by the fans for fans. They believe that by coming together under a single banner the myriad of opinion / views from all our fan base especially at this crucial time in our history they can move forward together as a strong group with a real mandate from the fans to have a pivotal influence through frank and open channels of communication, based on mutual respect and accountability, with our Club, its owners, the board and Stadium / 3rd party operators.

At the beginning of February WHUISA announced their support of action groups, a statement read:

“The committee of the West Ham United Independent Supporters Association (WHUISA) would like to formally announce its intent to support the efforts of the Real West Ham Fans Action Group (RWHFAG) & West Ham Groups United (WHGU) for the proposed protest march that is currently planned for 10th March 2018.

WHUISA has sought dialogue with West Ham United in the past and continues to do so to give representation for the fans, to the current ownership of our football club on a wide range of issues. It is disappointing that to date, there has been a lack of willingness from West Ham United to engage proactively and any communication with WHUISA only seems to be reactive to issues and situations that have arisen.

Protesting by away fans at the Watford FC away game on Sunday 19th November is one example where the club then reached out to WHUISA to attend a meeting to discuss concerns, whilst other attempts to meet had been rebuffed. Preferred media outlets and individuals are considered more important for engaging with, rather than a democratically run, fully constituted, Football Supporters Federation affiliated independent supporters association.

WHUISA has been in contact with RWHFAG & WHGU a number of times in the past month and are happy to formally support the efforts being made to arrange a family friendly, peaceful demonstration where the strength of feeling and emotion regarding the current situation at West Ham United is to be made plain for all to hear and see.

The protest march is currently being discussed between representatives of the Metropolitan Police and RWHFAG/WHGU in terms of duration, location and timings and more details will be announced once those discussions have been completed. All WHUISA members are encouraged to attend the planned protest on 10th March 2018

WHUISA Chairman Mark Walker speaking about the reduction in membership to a quid said: “We’re delighted to reduce the membership to a pound for the rest of the season and it’s something we keep under review going forward. We want as many people as possible to get involved in WHUISA. We take our affiliation to the FSF seriously and want as many people as possible to be involved, regardless of what other West Ham groups and forums they are members of.”

You can join WHUISA for a quid at

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Millwall fans rally to West Ham cause

Millwall fans have raised over £4,500 for West Ham fan Isla Caton to demonstrate that football has no colours when it comes to cancer.

Millwall fan Tony Munday is planning to run a half marathon in a full West Ham kit to raise up to £3,500 for little Isla Caton.

Tony writes on his Justgiving Page:

‘Anyone who knows me will know that I’m a Millwall supporter to the core and that West Ham are the team I love to hate.But when it comes to children and cancer, rivalries and colours become insignificant and we all pull together as one. I’m running the Brentwood Half marathon on March 18th to help raise money towards this brave little girls target that she needs to reach.I’ve put the target at 500.00, but if it reaches 1000.00 I will run wearing a West Ham shirt. I expect this to pull in plenty of extra money as it’s the only way I’d ever do it. If it reaches £2,000 I will wear the full kit’

At the time of writing, Tony has raised £2,711 and has upped his target again saying “I’m raising the target again to £3,500 where I will do the Hammers sign on completion of the race in the West Ham kit”

Tony was asked how much it would take for him to have a permanent West Ham tattoo to which he replied £200,000

Tony’s page is at

Another Millwall fan called Nick Hart who is a member of the Millwall AMS supporters’ group plans to walk to raise money for Isla. He has raised £1,248 so far

Nick writes:

“Like all Millwall fans, we were very touched to read of young Isla Caton’s appeal for funds to visit the USA for vital cancer treatment, not available on the NHS. So to lend my support, I am joining the #teamIsla walk from the West Ham United training ground, to the London Stadium in Stratford on April 14th 2018. Which as a lifelong Millwall supporter, is an unusual thing to do to say the least …Cancer knows no colours though and some things go way beyond any football rivalry. I am proud to lend my support to this cause on behalf of all Millwall fans.”

Nick’s page is at

Finally, another Millwall fan called Jay Pearce has raised £557 so far after being inspired by others

Nick writes:

‘Following the inspiration of a fellow Millwall fan, I’m going to do the same! I’m running the big half in March, which goes through south London! The Brighton Marathon and the Victoria Park half too. If I can raise £500 I’ll Wear a WHU shirt in the big half, £1k I’ll wear it in Brighton too, any more and I’ll wear it in the Viccy Park! All of which I planned to run in my Millwall shirt! Come on Guys, CANCER HAS NO COLOURS!’

Among others, Claret and Hugh recently held an online auction of items kindly donated by West Ham legend Billy Bonds which has raised £2,150 so far at

The overall fighting fund for Isla stands at £205,436 at the time of writing with a revised target of £400,000

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