On Monday 9 April, fan representatives from the Clubs competing in the FA Cup semi-finals along with FA Council supporter representative, Katrina Law, met with FA CEO, Martin Glenn and senior FA executives to discuss the increase in pricing for this season’s FA Cup semi-finals and final.
Tottenham Hotspur have posted their accounts for the 2016-17 financial year, which covers the period for the football season of the same period. We provided our analysis for the 2015-16 season which raised a number of questions, many of which have subsequently been addressed either through clarification directly from the club or other information coming to light.
Our analysis of the previous set of accounts remains apposite in terms of highlighting key elements of the structure of the club’s finances, however in light of our concern over pricing of season tickets at the new stadium we have decided to take a different tack with the 2016-17 accounts. Our interest is in seeing the extent to which the 2016-17 accounts can be used to predict the future financial position of the club and the extent to which new season ticket pricing is dictated by the demands of servicing the debt incurred to fund the new stadium – as the club insists is the case.
On 19 March, THST Co-chairs Katrina Law and Martin Cloake attended a meeting at Stamford Bridge ahead of the Premier League fixture on Sunday 1 April. Officials from Chelsea FC and THFC were there, alongside Chelsea fan reps, the police and local council. Chelsea FC chairman Bruce Buck also attended.
Our next social event sees the return of our legendary Pub Quiz! This time, we're at the Annie in Tottenham and have a devilish few rounds of Spurs and more general questions to test your knowledge. Hosted by Richard Cracknell, with all proceeds going to Studio 306 Collective, we'd love to see you on the night. To register as an individual or as a team, just email Kev. Stick Thursday 19 April in your diary now!
The decision to raise prices for the FA Cup semi-finals and finals to the highest levels ever defies belief.
The FA has secured record broadcast rights for the competition, there is a lucrative sponsorship deal in place, and attendances throughout the competition have been higher than in recent years. The FA itself is in better financial health than ever. So we cannot see the rationale for hiking prices.
As we digest the detail of THFC’s pricing structure for the new stadium, more and more is becoming clear. We’ve put together this factual explanation of some of the points supporters need to be aware of.
Many supporters contacted us following our Champions League home match against Juventus to complain about the large number of away supporters sitting in designated home areas at Wembley.
As a result, THST contacted the Club with a number of questions, who in turn consulted representatives from Wembley before responding. This is what they told us, and we are passing this information on to fans.
With the pricing for the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium, the Club had a great opportunity to cement the growing bond between fans and the Club, and to secure future generations of support.
Today marks the fourth anniversary of the passing of Darren Alexander. Darren was a well-known and popular figure among Spurs fans, and his dedication to the Club and the interests of supporters led him to be involved with the work of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust and the national supporters' movement. He served on the Board of THST for seven years and was made Joint Chair in February 2013.
THST Annual General Meeting – 28 February
THST Annual Report
Meeting with the Board of THFC – 20 February
Next THST Members’ Meeting – 12 March
FSF Premier League Network Meeting – 8 February
April TV Picks
Met police statement on fixture scheduling
This is a report of the meeting held between the Boards of THFC and THST on Tuesday 20 February. In line with normal practice, both sides have agreed this is an accurate representation of discussions.
This is a long read, with an accompanying document setting out in detail the proposals THST made on concessionary pricing. Please take the time to read both documents carefully before raising any questions. We will be holding a members meeting on 12 March, please keep an eye on your inboxes and our website for details, at which issues arising from this report can be discussed. In the meantime, we’ll do our best to answer any questions you have within the constraints of our available time as volunteers.