Committee Refresh

At our most recent AGM, we said goodbye to some absolute stalwarts of Pride of Irons, and introduced some fresh blood.

Those stepping down from the committee were George Webster (events), David Springer (social media), and co-chair Carol Hinvest. We are so so grateful for all the work Carol, David and George put in during their time on the committee. They are still members of Pride of Irons of course, so you’ll still get to see lots of them at our events and meet ups. Although with George leaving, that does beg the question….who’s going to plan our events?!

Well we have two new committee members, Jo Bailey and Richael O’Brien (that’s me, hiya!). Jo joins as co-chair, while I will be a committee member, helping out where I’m needed. There’s more information about your committee here, and you’ve also got our social media handles there if you would like to reach out.

Carol, Dave, and George, we cannot thank you enough for all you’ve done so far and hope that you enjoy a well earned break from committee business.

Pride of Irons welcomed at the London Stadium

West Ham welcomed Pride of Irons co-chair Jim, and Gay Gooners co-chair Joe White to the London stadium for the Arsenal game in December, as part of the rainbow laces campaign. Joe and Jim did a pitch side interview before the game.

The stadium screen was lit up with the rainbow banner and our logo. On the screens inside there was a cool animated version of the West Ham crest that spun around and became our logo.

Thanks West Ham for having us. We hope that by shining a light on LGBT+ fans of West Ham and Arsenal, it will encourage more people to come out and cheer on your team. Football is for all.

Pride of Irons Honour Women’s Team

Pride of Irons members provided a guard of honour for the Barclays FA Women’s Super League match with Manchester United as part of the rainbow laces fixture. They joined captains Gilly Flaherty and Katie Zelem in the centre-circle for a pre-match photo and also handed out rainbow laces to the attending supporters and talked about their support for the Irons along with other fans.

Gilly Flaherty, has always been really supportive of the work of Pride of Irons, and had some really kind things to say about our group.

Thanks Gilly, West Ham and all the supporters for having us on a really special evening at Rush Green Stadium. The occasion, and the result, achieved in such dramatic fashion will live long in the memory.

Tom Allen is a Hammer

Tom AllenComedian Tom Allen joined Mark McAdam at the London Stadium for the Sheffield United game for the rainbow laces weekend in October. Before the game he dropped by the podium to meet up with the Pride of Irons crew, and was delighted to receive and wear the official Pride of Irons scarf (available from our shop!).

Sky News captured the events of the day, including our meetup, Attitude magazine reported on it, and the club were very happy to welcome a new fan. We think Tom nailed his post match manager interview on his twitter feed. Meeting Tom before the game was a great experience, and his reactions to some of the action on and off the pitch were hilarious. To top it all off, he was gifted a number 7 Allen jersey which he was all too happy to show off. Hopefully we see Tom again West Ham, he’s always welcome by Pride of Irons.

Pride of Irons vs Gay Gooners – 6th December 2019

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Football players – your club needs you!

As part of the Rainbow Laces campaign, West Ham are hosting an LGBT Supporters match featuring Pride Of Irons vs. Gay Gooners, the Arsenal LGBT supporters group.

If you’d like to take part, please email

The club will have their video team there to record footage and Sky Sports will also be invited to join.

This is a mixed gender game and players of all ability are welcome. It’s sure to be a great event and of course we’ll likely head out and hit the town after so even if you don’t want to play, you’re welcome to join.

The game will take place near the London Stadium on Friday 6th December, kick off 7pm.

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