THST / THFC Board to Board Meeting – 19 Sept
THST Members’ Meeting – 15 November
Stadium Community Liaison Group Meeting – 26 Sept
Flags at White Hart Lane and Wembley
Shuttle buses at Stoke City – 10 Sept
Gillingham EFL Cup Pricing
CSKA Moscow away – 27 Sept
- Battle of the Somme: Centenary commemoration
- Football to Amsterdam 2017: Ride London Grounds
- Antwerp Arms AGM – 12 September
- Police Safety Forum – 3 October
- London Football Fan Forum – 6 October
- Ongoing Casework
- iSpurs portal
- Rule the Roost podcast – 31 August
- Gillingham Cup Pricing – 20 September
1. THST/ THFC Board to Board Meeting - 19 September
The Boards of THFC and THST met for the third regular meeting of the year on the evening of Monday 19 September. As always, THST had invited member questions in advance and these were collated and given to each member of the Spurs Board. Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit their questions. THST also published the agenda for the session in advance.
The meeting saw some lively debate on key areas, namely aspects of the home ballot and general ticketing process, the issue of a Season Ticket amnesty at Wembley and the withdrawal of subsidised travel this season. A report of the meeting can be read here.
The next meeting of the Boards of Club and Trust will take place in the New Year.
2. THST Members’ Meeting – 15 November
Last month, we canvassed our members for their preference on the format, time and venue of future members’ meetings. We’ve listened to your feedback and the next THST Members’ Meeting is scheduled for 7pm on Tuesday 15 November 2016 at the William Blake, 174-180 Old Street, London EC1V 9BP.
With the ticketing arrangements at Spurs being the most talked about topic lately, we are also delighted to confirm that Ian Murphy, Head of Ticketing and Membership at THFC, has agreed to be our guest speaker on the night, and to field questions from the floor.
We anticipate a good turn out so please make sure you book your place in advance by clicking here and completing a short registration form.
Please note: this event is open to THST members only. Should you wish to attend, please join as either an associate or full member in advance of the meeting.
3. Stadium Construction Liaison Meeting – 26 September
During this month’s Business, Stadium and Community Liaison Group meeting, the Club used the opportunity to give an overall update on the jobs delivered since the creation of the partnership with the local authority at the start of the new stadium project. A total of 623 local jobs have been created and 208 apprenticeships have been taken up so far.
Details were also given regarding the Club's plans to engage with teenagers in order to get them involved in job opportunities moving forward.
A general update on the stadium site from developers, Mace, was also given and this featured the Club's ‘Considerate Constructors’ evaluation, which took place a fortnight ago with results due shortly. The Considerate Constructors Scheme in a non profit making organisation that seeks to improve the image of the construction industry by promoting, and asking developers to adhere to, its Code. The Code is in five parts and applies to all registered sites, companies and suppliers regardless of size, type or location. This features areas like enhancing the environment, safety, respecting the surrounding community and valuing the workforce.
4. Flags at White Hart Lane and Wembley
Last month, we shared the plans of fan group @TottenhamAMF to create a visual impact at our Champions League games at Wembley stadium. They have now reached their £1,000 crowd funding target and also received clearance from THFC and Wembley National Stadium Limited to bring in 200 x wavers and the larger “We are Tottenham from the Lane” banner they hope to purchase with these funds.
THST has also helped @TottenhamAMF in securing the return of the drum for matches at Wembley, so look and listen out for those initiatives at the Leverkusen match in November.
Back at White Hart Lane, the flags used at Southampton and Palace are to be made a regular fixture in the Park Lane lower. Fans sitting in the South stand will see flag collection points in the concourse from an hour pre match. Please help yourselves to these flags. THFC staff will collect them at half time so they can be used for the next home match.
5. Shuttle buses at Stoke City – 10 September
THST received complaints from travelling Spurs fans at the Stoke match on 10 September around the poor planning of the shuttle service from Stoke train station on Leek Road up to the Bet365 stadium. Fans were left waiting for up to 50 minutes for these buses to arrive after the one away friendly bar in the town centre stopped serving at 1.30pm.
THST followed up with Stoke City Football Club, who informed us that the shuttle buses were the sole responsibility of the police.
We spoke to the Football Liaison Officer at Staffordshire Police, who said the volume of Spurs fans travelling by train on the day, around 700, was more than had been expected. The FLO had requested 6 buses to transport Spurs fans to the stadium, but only 4 were made available by the bus company on the day – and these were single deckers on the whole, too. One of these 4 buses was then put out of service after being damaged, placing more strain on the 3 remaining buses. Staffordshire Police have confirmed that the last bus arrived at the Bet365 stadium at 14:55 and this has been corroborated by senior THFC staff.
Staffordshire Police were very open about the issues, accepting responsibility for the problems on the day.
THST has arranged to speak with the Football Liaison Officer at Staffs Police ahead of the next Spurs fixture at Stoke City to confirm transport plans and which venues will be allowing away fans to make use of their hospitality. We understand the Students Union was closed to away fans owing to a Fresher’s Week event and that the nearby North Stafford Hotel was hosting a wedding reception that afternoon, placing more pressure on The Terrace as the only away friendly bar outside the Bet365 complex.
6. Gillingham ELF Cup pricing
The £20/£10/£5 cup pricing policy has been a real success in recent years, and so when it was announced that that pricing structure was to be increased for the Gillingham tie on the away team’s insistence, we made our disappointment clear. We understand the wider issues and pressures on lower league teams, and co-chairs Katrina Law and Martin Cloake wrote a piece for the Football Supporters Federation and Supporters Direct websites in an attempt to get a constructive debate started. Clearly there’s a way to go on this, but our first responsibility is to our own fans. After pushing hard for a policy that has been both successful and popular, we were never going to let the increase pass without comment.
Just before this newsletter was published, pricing for the fourth round EFL Cup tie against Liverpool at Anfield was announced. We made comment here.
7. CSKA Moscow away – 27 September
We received a lot of requests from the press for comment and information ahead of the trip to Moscow for the Champions League game against CSKA. Most centred on the angle that this was the first trip to Russia by English fans since the summer’s events at the Euros. We emphasised that the expense and inconvenience of the journey had been the major concerns, and that the number of fans traveling was about the same as for previous trips to Russia.
Battle of the Somme: Centenary commemoration
We have reported in previous newsletters that the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Living Memories Project would like to see a Somme Centenary commemorative event at Tottenham cemetery, where the bodies of 291 WW1 fatalities are buried. The latest information is that Spurs and the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation are working with Wilbury Primary School on a project in which the school students are researching those buried in the nearby cemetery, especially the backgrounds of the five listed as coming from Tottenham. They will then share their stories at the cemetery ahead of Armistice Day.
The Trust wishes to encourage those interested, especially from the local community, to attend the event at the cemetery, which will take place during the week beginning October 17th. More details will be released shortly.
Football to Amsterdam 2017 promo event: Ride London Grounds on 2 September
On Friday 2 September, five Spurs cyclists and the events coordinator from Prostate Cancer UK set off from the perimeter fencing of a rather soulless London Stadium, headed east to Dagenham & Redbridge and then through the Woolwich Foot tunnel to Arsenal, sorry Charlton, and onwards in a clockwise loop of around 90 miles, calling in at every London PL and EFL ground (except Barnet’s). They were joined by two AFC Wimbledon and one Chelsea cyclist at Selhurst Park. The objective was to raise awareness amongst football fans of Prostate Cancer UK’s 2017 Football to Amsterdam cycle ride.
Of the 13 grounds visited, the cyclists were met and greeted at Dagenham, Millwall, Crystal Palace, AFC Wimbledon, Brentford, QPR (where Les Ferdinand and the club CEO were waiting to welcome the riders), Chelsea and Spurs; pitch side at WHL and most grounds. At Brentford, not only was the club mascot Buzz Bee there, but so too was THST’s very own Rachel Martin with a large tin of home-made cookies (thus strengthening the Trust’s well documented relationship with biscuits!)
If you followed the exploits of the 15 Cycle On You Spurs cyclists on the 2016 ride, learned of our success in providing the largest team to leave the Olympic Velodrome and in subsequently being awarded the Orange Jersey for topping the fundraising league table with over £21,600 donated then, hopefully, you’ve been inspired to join the 2017 team.
Now is your chance. Registration has just opened for the 2017 ride, which will take place from 9-11 June 2017. Click here for details.
Antwerp Arms AGM – 12 September
The Antwerp Arms held its second AGM as a community-owned pub on Monday 12 September, with Kevin Fitzgerald attending on the Trust’s behalf. Our shares are in good hands with the Management Committee reporting a profit for the year, despite having around £40,000 of one-off start up costs.
A business plan for the next three years was presented and approved. Most significant are plans to alter the ground floor to eliminate pinch points, increase access to the bar, moving the toilets to the back, providing disabled access and toilet and adding a food preparation area.
Plans to raise money include a new shares issue, so for those of our fans who would like a share in the pub we’ll keep you informed on the issue.
Our highly successful Ledley King end of season / Prostate Cancer UK BBQ was referenced, as was the pub’s first anniversary birthday party and Gary Mabbut’s role there.
All in all, The Antwerp is becoming a community hub, with the Trust playing an enjoyable part here.
Police Safety Forum – 3 October
The next meeting of THST reps, Club officials, Haringey Council and Metropolitan Police reps is scheduled for Monday 3 October. Stewarding, policing and all aspects of match day safety will be discussed at this session.
London Football Fan Forum – 6 October
THST has been invited to send reps to the next London Football Fan Forum, facilitated by the FSF and hosted by Ch Supt Colin Morgan at the Met’s Lambeth HQ on the evening of Thursday 6 October. The MPS Central Football Unit have held a number of these forums over the last couple of seasons where representatives from London football club supporter groups come together to discuss the policing of football in the capital. We’ll report back in the next newsletter.
September has been a busy month for handling individual enquiries at the Trust. We’ve continued to assist fans unhappy with their new seats following relocation from Paxton Road, with some positive results. We also continue to assist fans dissatisfied with their seats next to the building works in the NE corner. And we’ve had a good number of members needing help with both away and home ticketing issues – the vast majority of which have been satisfactorily resolved.
Our one to one casework is the foundations on which we’ve built the current incarnation of THST so if you are a member and need our advice or support, please do get in touch on info@THSTOfficial.com. And please remember all board members are volunteers, which is why we can’t always get back to you right away.
iSpurs information portal
The Club has also set up a new, dedicated information portal online which answers many of the questions we are frequently contacted with. We’d urge fans to read and familiarise themselves with the information in those links, as we continue to receive a high volume of questions asking for this information
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