The Bond Scheme
Background and History
The Bondholder scheme was launched in 1992 with the objective to fund the development of the Boleyn Ground. The intention was to create approximately 20,000 Bond/Season Ticket holders, just over 800 bonds were ever sold and the club eventually decided to stop issuing any new bonds within a year. However existing bondholders still enjoy the associated benefits or putting their bonds up for sale when they are no longer required (Bondholder full terms and conditions are shown in detail on the reverse of the Bond Certificate).
Useful Contact Details
The Committee welcomes your comments and suggestions and to make contact simply email [email protected].
The Ticketing Office has an email address for Bondholders Only. To contact the Ticket Office in respect of ticketing applications for specific games email [email protected] (generic issues should continue to be addressed through the normal email address above).
All Bondholders must ensure any tickets purchased are not sold to any third party. The Club regularly investigates to identify malpractice regarding ticketing.
Bond Purchase and Sales
Anyone who would like to purchase a bond should contact the email address [email protected] to be added to the waiting list. It should be noted that in general only a small number of bonds are offered for sale. Any Bondholder wishing to sell their bond can also contact the committee to help facilitate the sale. Please include name, phone number and client reference in any correspondence.
Bondholder Executive Committee and Officers
Two of the 2018 Committee decided not to offer themselves for re-election and on behalf of all Bondholders the Chairman would like to place on record our thanks to Kevin Courtney and Mike Lee for all their efforts and contribution. At the 2019 AGM (see also AGM minutes below), 10 Bondholders on the previous Committee plus 2 new Bondholders stood for election and were voted in for the next 12 months. Subsequent to the AGM, on October 15th at the Bondholders Executive Committee Meeting five executive officers were elected as follows:
Chairman – John Beavis
Deputy Chairman – Martin Jessop
Secretary - Martine Dodwell-Bennett
Minutes Secretary – Barbara Adams
Treasurer - David Playle
The Committee will continue their efforts through three focus groups:
1) London Stadium, Ticketing and Bondholder Benefits (lead Tony Barritt)
2) Bondholder Communications (lead Steve Applebee)
3) Bondholder Statutory Regulation (lead Martin Jessop)
West Ham United Official Supporters Board
The Committee is represented on the OSB by Steve Applebee and if you have an issue you want to be put to the Club's Board please send in your item to [email protected].
BONDHOLDERS 2019 AGM MINUTES
2019 Annual General Meeting
The 2019 AGM was held at 6:30pm on Monday 23rd September at the London Stadium Store attended by over 70 Bondholders.
John Beavis opened the meeting by welcoming the attendees and Andy Mollett WHU Chief Financial Officer and Nicola Keye WHU Director of Ticketing together with other Club officials.
Executive Committee Reports
Attendees were given reports from the following committee officers, Chairman, Secretary, Communications Focus Group, Ticketing Focus Group and Statutory Focus Group Leaders.
David Playle presented the company accounts showing a cash balance of £1,859 and these were formally approved by the meeting.
The attendees voted to accept a motion to elect the 12 Bondholders listed on the nomination form as a single block. A subsequent vote elected the 10 members of the previous Committee who stood for re-election and 2 new candidates to represent Bondholders for the next 12 months. The committee members elected were Barbara Adams, Stephen Applebee, Tony Barritt, John Beavis, Brendan Burke, Sean Courtney, Martine Dodwell-Bennett, Lloyd Howard, Martin Jessop, Keith Knight, David Playle and David Tee.
Andy Mollett WHU CFO
David Playle introduced Andy Mollett the club’s Chief Financial Officer. In answering questions from the audience Andy covered a wide range of topics including the risks of unsuccessful transfers specifically during the January window, the club’s relationship with the Stadium owners and operators.
Nicola Keye Director of Ticketing
Nicola gave an overview of the season ticket sales and improvements to online ticket sales, specifically improvements to systems and processes specific to Bondholders. Nicola answered a variety of pre-submitted questions and questions from the floor including the rationale for the location of away seats allocated to Bondholders.
WHU Women's Team
Courtney Brosnan and Martha Thomas took questions from the floor to give an insight into the women’s team, including why they joined the club and their hopes for the development of the WSL over the next few years.
Following the more formal business of the evening Brendan Burke introduced Tony Gale. In responding to a variety of questions, Tony covered the whole spectrum of his playing career with Fulham, West Ham and Blackburn together with his media work. In answering the many questions Tony covered his career commencing with travelling home with Bobby Moore after training with Fulham, playing for West Ham through to working with Chris Kamara on Sky Sports.
Chairman’s Closing Remarks
On behalf of the Bondholders the Executive Committee would like to thank the Club for hosting the event, the Club representatives, West Ham Women’s players and to Tony Gale for a very informative and entertaining evening.