Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust
Welcome to the home of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust. We are an independent, not-for-profit membership organisation run by fans for fans. We aim to ensure fans’ voices are heard at Club and national level.
We work with Spurs fan groups across the UK and the rest of the world, and alongside the national supporter organisation the Football Supporters' Association.
THST is run on a day-to-day basis by an elected board of fans. Elections are held every year. All board members are volunteers, which means they are not paid for their work, and give up their own time. To preserve THST’s independence, board members receive nothing for the work they do.
We work hard to ensure a fan perspective is considered in all decisions. We base our approach on the regular surveys we carry out, on the feedback we get, and on our own experiences and discussions with fans.
We are Spurs fans first and foremost, but we believe the issues we face are similar to fans everywhere. So we are committed to being part of a growing network of national and international supporter groups.
Our main areas of work at THFC and nationally are ticket pricing, fixture scheduling, policing and safety, and governance. Our remit extends to all off-field matters.
And we work with the local community to strengthen ties between the Club and the area in which it is based.
We have established a successful dialogue with THFC. To continue doing so, and to build on our achievements so far, we need as many Spurs fans as possible to join us.
Organised and part-funded a mural of Club legend Ledley King at the Tottenham Community Sports Centre opposite the stadium in February 2022, working with local artists, community groups and the Club, as the start of an initiative to increase the visibility of Club history around the ground.
Secured a freeze in Season Ticket pricing for the 2022/23 campaign at Spurs.
Lobbied for and secured the return of the popular half-time host at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Paul Coyte, in March 2022 after the Club had short-sightedly replaced him with alternative hosts at the start of the 2021/22 campaign.
Promoted Marine FC’s virtual ticket sale in early 2021, helping to raise over £300,000 and accepted an award from Marine representatives in recognition of our help at the Morecambe FA Cup match in January 2022, and from Marine fan group Crosender Way in March 2022.
The first Trust to stand alongside Spirit of Shankly in calling for a Hillsborough Law in January 2022. Lobbied for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club to join Liverpool, Everton, Brighton and Brentford football Clubs in supporting the call.
Helped secure the return of safe standing in English top-flight stadiums, and at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. We persuaded THFC to back the idea by working with the Safe Standing Roadshow in 2013 and invited the Club to a demonstration of what safe standing could look like. We also worked at national level with the FSA to get backing for the change in the law that would allow safe standing. We lobbied MPs and helped with campaigning at national and local level to achieve a change overwhelmingly backed by fans.
Helped defeat plans for a European Super League in April 2021, meeting directly with the UK government along the way, and with the UEFA president to argue against plans to expand the European games calendar.
Played a major part in shaping the results of the government’s fan-led review into governance. We gave evidence to the review panel and launched the Fans and Football First campaign to build support for fan influence in the boardroom.
Worked with THFC, Haringey Council and the football authorities to secure a safe return to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for fans during the Covid-19 crisis.
Secured fair treatment for vulnerable season ticket holding fans unable to attend games because of COVID, changed the parameters on the opening of TEX and Share and secured refunds for ticket holding fans isolating with COVID who couldn’t move their tickets on during the 2021/22 season.
Succeeded in getting the Premier League and broadcasters to drop the £14.95 pay-per-view charge introduced for games shown outside the standard broadcast contract during the Covid-19 pandemic, raising £50,000 for Tottenham and North Enfield Foodbanks in the process.
Instrumental in securing a THFC u-turn on plans to access the Government's coronavirus job retention scheme (furlough) for a proportion of its 550 non-playing staff in 2020.
Played a leading role in the #LetUsWatch campaign to secure broadcast access to Premier League matches during the period of behind closed doors or limited capacity games as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Continue to challenge the Premier League and broadcasters over kick-off scheduling, and push to enforce the League’s commitment to early announcements of any rescheduling. And we ensure the Club provides subsidised transport to and from games when there is no public transport available.
Successfully lobbied for the Club to pause the planned payment of season tickets in Spring 2020, and for a deposit only to be paid for the 2020/21 season until such a time until grounds are back to full capacity.
Secured £30 ticket price cap for all Premier League away games as part of a national campaign for cheaper away tickets. Lobbied THFC to drop its initial opposition to this measure.
Ran the Stop StubHub campaign, ultimately resulting in the ticket exchange being taken back in-house by THFC from the 2017-18 season.
Successfully campaigned to keep Spurs in London for the season away from White Hart Lane during the building of our new stadium, helping to secure Wembley as our temporary home for season 2017-18.
Secured a rise in the age of concessionary tickets from Under 16 to Under 18 from the 2014-15 season.
Secured the introduction of a Young Adult category of tickets for 18-21 year olds from the 2018-19 season.
Lobbied for and achieved competitive pricing for Champions League matches at Wembley and group package discounts for the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons.
Lobbied for and achieved a Premier League rule change moving all away ticket sales onto a sale or return basis.
Defended Spurs fans arrested and charged in the so-called ‘Y-Word cases’ in 2013/14. Provided specialist legal representation for all home fans charged with chanting at White Hart Lane and inputted directly into the case for the defence, resulting in the Crown Prosecution Service dropping all charges in March 2014.
Assisted the Antwerp Arms Association in obtaining Asset of Community Value status as part of their campaign to save the oldest pub in Tottenham from redevelopment.
One of the first Trusts to secure representation on a local Safety Advisory Group, providing fan perspective for match planning. Lobbied for and secured Trust representation on Metropolitan Police Independent Advisory Group for football.
Founder member of the FSA with one of three Premier League reps on their National Council from 2018 to 2021. Lead national workstream on Broadcast coverage.
Trust Co-chair on FA Council as a fan rep and Pro Game rep during our time at Wembley stadium.
Secured relaxation in bag policies at both Wembley stadium and Tottenham Hotspur stadium from A5 to A4 size and permission to bring laptops and fold up umbrellas into both venues. Pushed for Spurs to provide a bag drop on match days. Secured relaxation in bag policy at Arsenal, Chelsea and Leeds Untied during the 2021/22 season.
Lobbied for and worked with THFC to develop a transparent sanctions and banning policy in 2020.
Represented in excess of 500 fans in individual cases of ticketing, stewarding, behavioural offences, often successfully appealing sanctions.
Provided on the spot advice and representation when Spurs fans have been attacked by police, stewards or fans at games in Germany, Italy, France and Spain.
Provided detailed evidence to UEFA following the assault on our fans by police and security staff at Barcelona in December 2018, which resulted in the first charge ever against a Club for mistreatment of fans.
Provided detailed evidence to UEFA following crowd mismanagement at Dortmund in March 2015 resulting in charges for failure to keep gangways clear and a change in entry procedure for all future visiting fans in European competition.
Worked with fan groups across England and Europe to instigate a campaign to secure better treatment of travelling fans in Europe. Also working with the Club to lobby UEFA to ensure better standards.
Worked with grass roots fans and the Club on atmosphere initiatives, helping produce and display banners and surfers. Successfully lobbied the Club to deal directly with fans interested in delivering such initiatives.
Repeatedly defended the reputation of Spurs fans when media narratives have sought to portray them in a negative light.
Given a fan perspective on various off field matters to the media.
Worked closely with THFC ticket office on a wide variety of ticketing policies and advised on communications to fans around the move to digital home ticketing in 2021/22, season ticket renewals, seat relocations and operational use of Ticket Exchange and Ticket Share. Joint work recommending and designing tech solutions for challenges around away ticketing.
Raised over £150,000 for our nominated charity, Prostate Cancer UK through various fundraising efforts around the annual bike ride to Amsterdam.
Worked closely with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation on a variety of community initiatives since 2013 including Remembrance Day events and the Premier League’s Enterprise Challenge for local schools.
Lobbied Delaware North for a reduction in catering tariff for food and beverage essentials such as water and soft drinks during our stay at Wembley.
Lobbied for competitive pricing of food and beverage in the new stadium and lobbied for a wider selection of food, meeting a variety of dietary requirements, through our monthly catering surveys, the results of which are relayed directly to the Club catering team.
Developed a more inclusive approach to work with Proud Lilywhites and the DSA/ SpursAbility.
Founder member of the Olympic Stadium Coalition; a collection of 14 fan groups challenging the terms of the Olympic Stadium lease to West Ham United on behalf of football fans and taxpayers. Forced publication of the rental contract and worked with members of the GLA and Parliament to secure a Mayoral review into the details of the deal.
Members of a Steering Group advising on the creation of a democratic, independent fan organisation for Spurs Women.
Represented members at various formal events including funerals, memorial services and award ceremonies throughout the last seven years.
Successfully lobbied the Mayor of London, the Premier League and Sky Sports not to schedule West Ham at Wembley on New Year’s Eve at a capped capacity of 40,000.
Constantly work to ensure the Club Board is aware of supporter views on a variety of issues.