We also recognise these have been tough times for many, and that some friends and loved ones are not here to enjoy the beginning of what we all hope will be a return to a more familiar way of life. We should take a moment to remember them on Sunday, and we understand the Club will be paying respects before the game.
The return to stadiums is not simple. We know many fans are still worried about the risks of attending a game at full capacity. We know that others, particularly our loyal overseas fans who attend games regularly, may be unable to travel to watch their team.
We have been talking to THFC about how to achieve the best balance between safety and respect for personal choice, and about how those fans unable to use their tickets should be compensated. We have asked the Club to take the current exceptional circumstances into account.
Ahead of Sunday’s game, we have a simple message. And that is to continue to show the values of respect and responsibility we have seen when people have been at their best throughout the pandemic.
That means ensuring you are match fit before you come to the stadium by making sure you are COVID-negative or double-vaccinated. We know there is much debate around this subject, but the simplest and best approach is to make sure you pose as little risk to others as possible, and that you respect other people’s decisions where possible. Show consideration for other people when crowds gather, respect people’s space, please consider wearing a mask in crowded and confined spaces, recognise that Club staff are there to help you and others enjoy your day safely.
Be aware there is no service on London Overground on Sunday and arrive in good time, make sure you’ve downloaded your digital ticket and COVID status certification or that you have what you need to enter the stadium easily to hand, and remember the Ticket Office is there to help if you have any difficulties.
Showing our values also means respecting the players’ decision to oppose racism by taking the knee before kick-off. The players have said very clearly why they are doing this, and they deserve our support.
Finally, and continuing our theme, if you can make a donation to the Tottenham Foodbank it would be greatly appreciated. The Foodbank van, purchased with the help of donations from Spurs supporters, will be at the Community Sports Centre opposite the No 8 pub on the High Road from 2pm, and they are asking for all donations but particularly spreads (peanut butter, jam, chocolate, honey etc).
Welcome back, enjoy your day, and remember that we achieve more when we act together.
14 August 2021