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Kidderminster owner rages at West Ham for refusing to share ticket money

Kidderminster Harriers owner Richard Lane rages at West Ham for refusing to share ticket money following the two sides’ recent FA Cup clash.

Appearing on James O’Brien’s LCB radio show this week, the frustrated club owner said a share of the Hammers’ ticket money could have been used for new floodlights and investment in the academy.

Harriers came very close to causing one of the biggest upsets in the tournaments recent history when they were “nanoseconds” from beating their Premier League opponents in the fourth round of the cup on the 5th of February.

Richard Lane

O’Brien, who attended the game, spoke of the tradition of big clubs surrendering some of the take, either from TV or ticket money, to their opponents.

Richard Lane told LBC: “The news isn’t good. Unfortunately, we had the news that they would prefer to invest in local charities and not share the ticket money with us.

“So yes, we are continually unlucky with the result and secondly the FA denying us a replay which has deprived us again from some well-earned money to continue to grow.

“We need new floodlights, the academy needs investment in et cetera – all the investment that we were hoping to get to put back into the club, we unfortunately haven’t had that.”

Mr Lane explained that costs escalated with hiring extra staff and security on the day.

He added: “I was unfortunately disappointed and frustrated.

“We had to put so much effort into putting that on. People do not understand what we went through.

“We hired so many staff – it was just incredible what we did, but it all costs money and it’s about what we get at the end of it. “

James O’Brien added: “We need a chant on the terraces of West Ham – ‘give Kiddy the money’ or something like that.”

West Ham United declined to comment, however under FA rules, the club is not obliged to agree to give Harriers money generated from the game.

Twitter users reacted as the Kidderminster owner rages at West Ham for refusing to share ticket money…

@maffu1980: @WestHam Shame on you. Not sharing the ticket money with little Kidderminster Harriers which would have enabled them to buy new floodlights. You deserved to be humble after that match but no! #charitymyass

@peterwmpete: @WestHam what’s this we hear no cash for kidderminster

@JamesInns_: But people blame Moyes for not signing players in January. THE MONEY WAS NEVER THERE.

@joe_field3: Not recovered from the 50k flight to Everton last season….

@StuartDillon1: West Ham don’t do good PR

@leebrown22: Does not surprise me with our owners

@B1ll04: Why should we just randomly give out money? We already gave them 80% of our cut on away tickets

@thisboysafool: Shameful if that is true

@tomwhu12: You missed the part it said the club gave it to charity instead.

@SamiDennis: They gave the money to a local charity instead. I don’t see the issue

@theboleynboy89: #GSBOUT Help the fucking football pyramid ffs, otherwise there’ll be no game left to love for a lot of people!

@LeePetticrew: Cos we’re giving it to local charities instead

@Dani3lMoor3: Sullivan written all over it

@DavidH666WHU: Do they realise we got a cat to pay out for FFS

@Stevieboi696969: Scum. Not the club/fans even tho I passionately dislike them but the owners.

@fcwhufc: Shame on you @davidgold @karren_brady

@AlexBicknell89: David Sullivan he to be the biggest cunt in football.

@TomGuy93: Can’t say this surprises me, this is the same David Sullivan who complained about having to spend money flying to Everton once

@baphap01: Fucking twats

@lglaw8: Why would this surprise anyone, given the leaches in charge of the club.

@steviehammer: Haha did they really expect anything less from Sullivan

@TheKC91: This is fucking typical of our cunt owners. Help out the lower leagues, help out the pyramid. No wonder we’re fucking hated

@WHUBoleynBoys: Why should we? They got their fair split of the gate receipts and TV money. We’re not a charity.

@DaleJbdale2011: Embarrassing

@JustAHappyHamm1: I’m all for helping the football pyramid but we gave our money to charity…… dunno how that’s a less noble cause then fucking football

@jake_turner17: Poor stuff from @WestHam, especially as they were so graceful at the time. Pennies to them but makes all the difference to us! @khfcofficial Sort yourselves out @karren_brady @davidgold

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