Al Holmes – Treasurer (@alholmes67)
Alastair comes from a small market town in Hertfordshire, full of Spurs and Arsenal supporters. As a child he chose to follow West Ham as he liked the colours of the kit and for a brief period while he was growing up in the 1970s they were rather good. Fast forward to the late 1980s, and after studying at university in London he chose to stay and bought his first home in Canning Town. Whilst he’d like to say that it was so that he could be close to Upton Park, the reality is that it was all that he could afford at the time. But more than 25 years later, he’s still in East London and gone upmarket(-ish) to Bow, just a ten-minute walk from his seat at the London Stadium. A season ticket holder since 1997, his fondest memories are the Intertoto Cup final in Metz in 1999 and Stephen Bywater’s infamous West Ham debut in the surreal 5-4 victory over Bradford City.
Away from West Ham, Alastair is a Freeman of the City of London and Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. At the end of 2017 he retired after a 30-year career in retail banking and credit risk management.
Carol Hinvest – Co-Chair (@carolhinvest)
Carol has been a West Ham season ticket holder for more than 10 years. She is looking forward to the move to the Olympic Stadium, having been to the Rugby World Cup she knows it can have a great atmosphere. She has strong views on the club and the way that it is run and what supporters should get out of it.
Carol has a history of campaigning and representing people, while at was at college she set up the first LGBT group there as well as campaigning against Clause 28 (yes she is that old!). As well is being a friend of Stonewall Carol is a supporter of a variety of other organisations. Having been a local Councillor and a member of a number of committees before including voluntary groups, housing associations and a hospital trust she knows her way around standing orders and committee behaviour.
Carol joined the Pride of Irons committee to work with other LGBT supporters and the club to raise the profile of LGBT issues and to be part of a vibrant supporters group. She hopes to see you at an event soon.
Jim Dolan – Co-Chair (@Br00zR)
Raised by a family of Tottenham supporters, Jim didn’t really like football as a kid – and who can blame him. The one Spurs game he attended they were ripped apart by Southampton losing 3-1 with Tottenham’s only goal being scored after he had left the ground. Little did he know the footballing Gods were smiling down on his that day. In his early 20’s he was begrudgingly dragged over the park in Beckton with his mates to play football and somehow the game started to take hold. Even after temporarily going blind in one eye after taking a full on strike to the face – clearly he was a natural defender. Jim started attending West Ham games with friends and has been a season ticker holder since. In 2014 he launched a West Ham LGBT Supporters’ Twitter account which on 28th February 2015 officially became Pride Of Irons. Today he is the current chairman and – not at all coincidentally – West Ham are having their greatest season yet. COYI!
David Springer – Social Media (@sensibledave27)
With his secondary school only a stone’s throw from The Boleyn Ground, David has supported West Ham since he was young. Making regular pilgrimages there since the early 1990s he has seen many England stars come through the ranks.
Like many a West Ham fan he has grown to expect the rollercoaster ride that comes with the territory and he has immensely enjoyed the few highs throughout the many lows.
Having spent most of his career working in administration and events in the charity sector, David joined Pride of Irons to help create a positive environment for others in and around football.
Currently residing in North East London (bandit country), David is a season ticket holder in the East Stand with his son.
Lorna Severn – Committee Officer (@bakingblues)
Lorna spent her childhood following West Ham’s progression up and down the league via teletext after her Dad gave her a West Ham hat one winter. Amoment of pride was the season she completed the West Ham page of her panini sticker album, but her enthusiasm in football soon dwindled through her teens and early twenties. About 5 years ago through the insistence of a friend she picked up her interest and has been following the team with renewed passion, attending matches when she can. She saw Jim’s call out for other LGBT West Ham fans on twitter and was proud to support the launch of Pride of Irons as a committee member. COYI!
Dave Wood – Secretary (@dwood_dave)
Scottish Born but Londoner by choice; football was in the blood as his dad was heavily involved in amateur and youth football. He followed the ups but mostly the downs of Aberdeen Football Club all his life. Dave’s claim to fame is that he was administrator of boys club that won the Scottish youth cup 4 years in a row in the 90s. Having lived in East London for five years he decided to follow the local team he was been bitten by the hammers bug and is now a season ticket holder and avid fan.
Best moment in football – Aberdeen winning the European cup winners’ cup under Fergie.
Trevor Wood MBE – Pride In Football Representative
Trevor is an Artist who mainly paints nude men, sometimes Landscape but he prefers looking at men rather than trees! He saw his first West Ham when he was eight years old when he was taken by a family, much to the disgust of his family who were committed Arsenal and Orient fans he has followed the ups and downs of the clubs fortunes for 52 years! Trevor worked with Children and Adults with Disabilities and later Mental Health issues as a result he got involved with Disability Sport and Chaired the London Sports Forum for Disabled People for 16 years (he was awarded an MBE in 2003). Trevor has sat on various committees including The FA’s Tackling Homophobia Working Group and Sport England’s Equality Committee. He is currently a Trustee of Wise Thoughts, the LGBT Arts charity and his role on the Pride of irons Committee is to liaise and maintain contact with other Groups and organisations, sporting and otherwise on behalf of POI.
George Webster – Events
George was born and raised in London. Hasn’t managed to escape it just yet! Coming from a West Ham family and growing up close to Upton Park meant supporting the Hammers was a given, having a season ticket from the age 11 until 17 when he was lucky enough to start working in the players’ lounge at Upton Park. Serving the players their food before and after the game is quite a job for a West Ham mad teenager. Teas and coffees delivered to the away dressing room was also part of the role and spotting a certain Man United goalie with not many clothes one match was a particular highlight. Favourite game has to be the Ipswich play off semi final at Upton Park in 2004. Etherington’s goal alone was enough to make the place rock. George got involved with Pride of Irons after meeting members at one of the many post match meet ups and wanting to organise events for members to get together more often.