West Ham fans last marched in protest against the clubs owners David Gold and David Sullivan and
board member Karren Brady in February 2020
They sit seventh in the Premier League, are into the last 16 of the EFL Cup, where they will host Manchester City,
and have a European campaign to enjoy.
On Thursday, they host Rapid Vienna in their first European home game in a competition proper since 2006,
having started their Europa League group phase programme with a very impressive 2-0 win at Dinamo Zagreb.
Manager David Moyes signed a three-year contract in June and even the much-derided London Stadium is developing
a ‘West Ham’ feel, with the stands behind the goal squared off, the distinctive carpet changed from green to claret and,
now, a statue outside paying homage to the team that won the 1965 European Cup Winners’ Cup.
Yet, if everything in the garden is rosy, why were Rio and Anton Ferdinand joined by a third former West Ham player,
Tony Cottee, in backing a group looking to take the club over? And why, before Sunday’s game against Brentford,
is a demonstration planned by fans who have vowed to get rid of co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold, plus vice-chairman Karren Brady?
On 29 February 2020, before the impact of coronavirus began to be felt and English football shut down,
thousands of West Ham fans marched from Plaistow to Pudding Mill Station in protest at the club’s owners.
With their team in the middle of a relegation scrap, they felt it was time to show exactly what they thought about
perceived broken promises around the controversial move from Upton Park to London Stadium in 2016. T
he atmosphere was toxic, the ill-feeling intense of the club.