Regular readers of this blog will know I have been opposed to the move to the Olympic Stadium from the off. I've never believed the tosh about it being a stepping stone to great things, for me it has always been a way of releasing the land in Green Street for redevelopment, reimbursing Sullivan and Gold's investment in the club and offering profit potential as they then cut and run, finding a mug to buy a team without a home, a club stripped of its heritage and soul.
Too late, opposition is mounting. There's a call for consultation and a sudden panic because the consequences of being tenants is beginning to dawn. I have been invited to lead a campaign on this blog, and I'm happy to lend my voice, but to what end?
Does anybody believe Sullivan and Gold give a toss about what the fans want? Do me a favour! Want to know their game? Well check out the ticket number for Southampton FC - it starts 0800 and so is freephone. Why would Saints seek to rip off their ticket buying fans? But West Ham? That's 0871 and a 10p per minute charge of course. If you've not tried ringing it yet, give it a go. See how quickly you connect and find yourself in the queue. Then check out how long you wait, the minutes ticking by as the cost builds up. On the other end, sales reps no doubt work to an "optimum answer time" - long enough to ensure the call generates as much ancillary revenue as possible, but not so long that the caller rings off, losing the sale. It stinks.
So, I will support the campaign and offer whatever publicity the campaigners may wish on this site. I admire their passion but I do suspect that it is all too late. Dear God, but for the belated change of heart by the OLC, the deal would be done and dusted by now.
There's a meeting scheduled for Hamilton Hall, Liverpool Street tomorrow evening (the 20th), kicking off at 7pm, to discuss how opposition to the move can be coordinated. Quite why it is not on a match day at a venue close to the ground is beyond me. If we want a poll, why not petition the fans outside the ground and copy the Mancs by coming up with an alternative scarf. Maybe it could be green, with the name Barratt in white down it!
The offer to help is there guys and I wish you luck.