Last week, members of the Trust Board met with the Head of Ticketing and the Ticket Office Manager at THFC for a long overdue catch-up ahead of the new season. The day before the meeting, we were informed of planned changes to the match ticket sales process for One Hotspur members, details of which have been released by the Club today. As a membership organisation, we think it’s important we clarify our position on those changes and explain in detail what we lobbied for during our recent meeting.
Champions League Final wash up
Thomas Cook Sport – Champions League Final
Data collection – Champions League Final
Zeelo coach travel – Champions League Final
UEFA Finals – Campaigning
European Fan Conference – Manchester, 20 June
Trust day at the Club – 26 June
Football Supporters’ Association AGM – London, 29 June
Business & Community Liaison Group meeting – 18 June
Crowd management at Barcelona: next steps
THST Q2 Board meeting – 17 June
We continue to record data on ticketing point cut-offs for Premier League away games. That information, going back seven years, is available in a handy infographic, which can be viewed at the bottom of this article.
Ticketing arrangements for the Champions League Final has been a hot topic since Lucas Moura completed his hat trick at Ajax. Each of the competing clubs was to receive just 16,613 tickets of the 63,500 available at the Estadio Metropolitano in Madrid for the showpiece game: roughly 26% per club. The percentage of tickets given to competing clubs has steadily dwindled from over 70% a decade ago to just over 50% last weekend; a trend supporter groups across Europe are determined to see reversed through the continued lobbying of UEFA and tier one sponsors.
THST has today written to the Executive Board of Tottenham Hotspur FC registering our opposition to proposals for a European Super League and setting out some core principles that any changes to the structure of European Football must address.The full letter is reproduced below.
We are pleased to read the subsequent statement issued by the Premier League, unanimously opposing the proposal to reform club competitions from 2024, and welcome the recognition of fans as key stakeholders in their statement.
We will continue to lobby for any changes to reflect the core principles set out below, alongside fellow fan organisations throughout the country and alongside the FSF, who issued their own statement this afternoon.
Champions League Final – Ticketing and allocation
Planning for Madrid – Fan advice and information
Crowd management at Barcelona: UEFA decision
Premier League network meeting – 14 May
Catering Meeting at Lilywhite House - 21 May
Business & Community Liaison Group meeting – 21 May
THST Summer BBQ – Sunday 26 May
Football to Amsterdam – Friday 7 June
We took part in a call with Club staff and the police yesterday to address some of the many questions we’ve been asked, and to ensure the Club was aware of a number of supporter issues. The Club has issued detailed advice about travel to Madrid and we strongly advise everyone traveling to read this.
There are few additional points we wanted to inform supporters of.
THST condemns as insulting and utterly inadequate the €20,000 fine imposed on Barcelona by UEFA as a result of events at our Champions League tie at the Nou Camp in December 2018. We are pleased our Club has also said it considers the response inadequate.
Today we are calling on the main sponsors of the UEFA Champions League to put a proportion of the tickets they have received for the Champions League Final back into the pot for the fans of both clubs. We are making this call alongside Spirit of Shankly, the Liverpool Supporters Union.
The Club has replied to our call to subsidise ticket prices for the Champions League final. They said: “As you are aware UEFA set both the allocation and the prices. We acknowledge that these prices, along with the inflated flight and hotel prices, represent significant costs for fans.
Tottenham Hotspur are in the final of the Champions League; a monumental, historic achievement. While the players rightly take the plaudits for a thrilling and inspiring campaign, the fans have also played their part, as the Club has acknowledged.
Now many of those fans are finding the joy at this achievement soured by the prices that have to be paid to attend the final in Madrid.
Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust and Spirit of Shankly joint statement:
This has been a sensational Champions League campaign for Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC, with fans of both clubs now looking forward to the final in Madrid on 1 June. But supporters’ joy has been tempered by the extortionate costs of travel, accommodation and tickets – if they get a ticket at all with the measly allocation from UEFA.
The much-loved end of the football season social is back for the fourth year running as THST teams up with the Antwerp Arms to host its Summer BBQ on Sunday 26 May 2019.
In what promises to be the biggest and best event so far, we have an afternoon jam-packed with entertainment for you, including:
Trust social media
Stewarding at our new home
Ticketing: processes and resource
Monthly catering survey
Haringey SAG meeting – 1 April
Planning for Manchester City games and West Ham United
Business & Community Liaison Group meeting
Crowd management at Barcelona: update on formal complaint to UEFA
White Hart Lane station ticket office: an update
Board to Board meeting with THFC: 12 March
Season ticket pricing, match day pricing and process
THST Board meeting: 18 March
Premier League meeting with fan reps: 21 March
Business & Community Liaison Group meeting: 19 March
Metropolitan Police IAG meeting: 11 March
Sponsorship of Spurs Ladies v Sheffield United: 24 March