Match attending supporters have long been taken for granted and are regularly expected to change their plans at short notice or to accept increasingly unsociable kick-off times. The introduction of Christmas Eve football is another kick in the teeth for supporters, many of whom are finding it harder than ever to align football attendance with their social and family commitments.
For many people Christmas Eve is a busy and important date. For some it is a key day for family celebrations; for others it is a day for travelling and preparing for Christmas Day. It is also a day that regularly sees a reduced public transport timetable and major travel disruption. Scheduling a football match on Christmas Eve imposes a considerable burden not only on supporters but also on their families and on matchday staff. A large number of these individuals will have made their holiday plans already.
We are particularly disappointed that this highly controversial scheduling decision was made without consulting relevant supporter groups. It does not affect Spurs on this occasion, but we could be the unlucky ones next year.
29 October 2023