West Ham United Co-Chairman David Gold was harassed by supporters as he left the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon, after the Hammers’ Premier League loss to Swansea City.
Gold, 81, was forced to get out of his car and try to calm down the roused fans as they were blocking his path on the road leading out of the perimeter of Swansea’s home ground.
The unpleasant video below shows the members of the Claret & Blue army hurling abuse at the man who took the helm in East London with David Sullivan in 2010 and telling him to “leave the club” repeatedly.
— Footie Gifs (@FootieUTgif) March 3, 2018
The incident came after weeks and months of unrest amongst West Ham fans about the way that the club has been being run, most of their anger aimed specifically at the owners Gold and Sullivan and vice-chairwoman Baroness Karren Brady.
The rage amongst the supporters came to fever pitch after the Irons suffered consecutive 4-1 away losses in South Wales over the weekend, the other one being to high-flyers Liverpool.
This is far from the first time that supporters have allegedly confronted Gold and Sullivan in person with a similar incident believed to have occurred after David Moyes’ side Emirates FA Cup fourth-round exit at the hands of League One Wigan Athletic in January.
The East Londoners sit 14th in the English Top-Flight with nine matches of the campaign remaining and are far from securing safety, sitting just three points above the bottom three.
While it isn’t hard to see why followers of the East London side may be aggrieved by what they’re seeing on the pitch, they have also been unhappy at the team’s recent transfer business.
But, their protests have not only surrounded the football side of things, they have also aimed some of it upstairs at the board, over such issues as improving the matchday experience of their new stadium of the London Stadium and recognising the club’s rich history more vividly, including their 112 years at the Boleyn Ground.
A group of select supporters were due to march in protest of the current situation in Stratford, though it was announced last week that they had cancelled that march after talks with the club.
It had been set to take place prior to a home Premier League match with Sean Dyche’s Burnley on March 10, however, some supporters have still vowed to march despite the formal cancellation.
According to the main organisers of the protest “The Real West Ham Fans Action Group”, whose demonstration was set to be a protest march starting at the team’s former ground of Upton Park and finishing at their new Stratford location.
Their primary aims of raising awareness to the ownership about certain issues, such as those that were mentioned above, have been achieved, rendering there no need for the planned protest.
In addition to this, they also claimed that Baroness Brady had agreed to match the sum they were set to donate to young Hammers fan Isla Caton, who is suffering with Neuroblastoma, whatever was left after expenses.
Should Irons supporters turn out in their thousands in protest or not in East London on Saturday, the visit of the Clarets is undoubtedly a must-win for Moyes’ men in the complexion of the fight for survival, regardless of off-field matters.