Jack Collison fires passionate reminder to West Ham fans of their responsibility to players

Peterborough United coach Jack Collison looks on prior to the  friendly match between Northampton Town and Peterborough United at Fernie Fields on March 21, 2017 in Northampton, England.

West Ham United hero Jack Collison has fired a passionate reminder to the club's fans after chaotic scenes at the London Stadium at the weekend.

West Ham United's Scottish manager David Moyes gestures during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Burnley at The London Stadium, in east London on March...

West Ham are a club in crisis on and off the pitch as David Moyes' side have gone off the rails of late.

Losing three games on the bounce and conceding 11 goals in the process has seen the Hammers dragged into the thick of the relegation battle.

The 3-0 home defeat to Burnley last time out saw fan unrest come to a head with supporters invading the pitch to protest against the way the club has been run by co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold and vice-chairman Karren Brady.

Homegrown Hammer and captain Mark Noble was seen rugby tackling one of the fans while another took the corner flag and planted it in the centre circle in scenes reminiscent of the Bonds scheme protests back in 1992.

Ashley Barnes of Burnley confronts a pitch Invader who stole the corner flag during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Burnley at London Stadium on March 10, 2018 in...

Saturday's scenes sent shockwaves through football with much debate over the rights of supporters to protest and who is to blame.

Meanwhile in the background Moyes must somehow pick up the pieces to ensure his side picks up enough points to stave off relegation.

Pundits and fans have been talking about the players' responsibility to step up and turn things around.

But former Hammers hero Jack Collison has issued a passionate reminder to supporters of how they can impact performances both positively and negatively.

"YES - there are some ****heads out there who put the club in a bad light," Collison said on Twitter.

"YES - the scenes on the weekend were unacceptable and upsetting.

Jack Collison of West Ham United wipes tears from his eyes following his first game since the death of his father at the end of the Carling Cup second round match between West Ham United...

"I wrote this in 2014 - the REAL fans carried me through some of my darkest days.

"Never underestimate your influence/responsibility as fans. Come on you Irons."

The message Collison was referring to was an emotional article he wrote aimed at West Ham fans as he approached the difficult decision to retire from football.

In it he talked about how the support of the Hammers faithful lifted his spirits in his darkest hour and enabled him to play in a memorable cup win over bitter rivals Millwall just days after his father had died in a motorcycle crash on the way to watch his son play for the East Londoners against Tottenham.

He said at the time: "The intense feelings were very different. It’s hard to find anything that can make you feel 10-feet tall when all you want to do is roll up into a ball and cry and let the world swallow you up."

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