Our team returns to live action this Friday against Manchester United in circumstances no one could have predicted when the 2019/20 season began. There’s no doubt most of us will be learning as we go along in a situation none of us have encountered before, and we thought it would be useful to share our thoughts ahead of the Premier League restart.
THST Q2 Board Meeting – brief summary
Meals for the NHS update
THST Forum launch
Cycle on You Spurs retro cycling jerseys
THFC furloughing decision
Trust during lockdown
Update on Trust events
Football to Amsterdam 2020
Trust Members' Forum
The Executive Board of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has today announced it will not be cutting staff pay or using the Government's furlough scheme. It has agreed to meet the objectives we set out in our statement of 10 April.
It’s now 10 days since Spurs announced their decision to cut the salaries of 550 non-playing staff by 20%, and their intention to place a proportion of those on the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. 10 days during which mass supporter opinion against these decisions has solidified, and 10 days during which the reputation of our Club has repeatedly taken body blows in both national and international media. It’s also been 10 days for us as a Trust of listening to our members, relaying supporter sentiment and urging the Club’s Board to rethink. We now want to give THST members clarity on our approach and to update fans on our position, appreciating that the situation is both fast moving and unprecedented.
The COVID-19 pandemic is taking all of us into uncharted territory. Every one of us is dealing with our own personal circumstances in uncertain times and the challenge of the day-to-day becomes increasingly difficult the longer the situation continues. We hope our members, and football fans everywhere, are coping as best they can.
Against this backdrop, football issues had paled into insignificance but in the last few days the sport has come to the fore again, and members have been in contact with us to ask about our own Club’s statement regarding salary reductions and the furloughing of around 40% of the Club’s non-playing staff.
COVID-19: the impact on football, Spurs & THST
Season ticket renewals postponement
THFC headline financial report
Trust meeting with the Club Board on 2 March
Meeting with the Club catering team on 2 March
Charity Quiz Night: postponed
End of Season BBQ: postponed
Prostate Cancer UK bike ride: postponed
Trust training with Show Racism The Red Card
The One Show OFCOM complaint
Members online forum: update
At the beginning of March, Rachel Martin, Catering Lead at the Trust, met with Craig Doyle, Catering Director from Compass/ Levy Restaurants and Levi Harris, Supporter Liaison Officer at THFC to discuss THST catering survey feedback, how the catering provision is going, and to discuss any planned changes for next season. Since then events have changed dramatically and our thoughts are very much focused on different priorities. However, members might be interested to hear what was discussed.
On the evening of Monday 2 March 2020, representatives of the Trust Board met with representatives of the Spurs Executive Board and senior Club staff for a scheduled 'Board to Board' meeting. The following notes from the session have been signed off by both the Trust and the Club.
Completion of AGM process
THST New Board Meeting – 26 February
Meeting with the Board of THFC – 2 March
THST Charity Pub Quiz – 23 April
Cycle on you Spurs: Rider recruitment closing soon!
Season Ticket Pricing announcement
Haringey Safety Advisory Group Meeting – 11 February
Match day stewarding
Club atmosphere group
Business & Community Liaison Group Meeting – 18 February
The One Show complaint update
Oxford English Dictionary definition of Yid
Show Racism the Red Card training days
FSE Working Group European Club competitions
Members online forum
THFC has today announced a 1.5% rise in the price of season tickets for the 2020-21 season, adding between £12 and £33 to the cost of the 19 League game package, in absolute terms. The Club has committed to hold that price for two seasons, until the end of the 2021-22 season. Despite strong lobbying from THST, the Club has declined to freeze prices at this season’s levels for Junior, Young Adult and Senior concessions, or to re-examine the 1882 offer.
THST AGM and Annual Report
Social media policy
THST Q1 Board Meeting
Away fans in home ends
Southampton FA Cup replay pricing
The One Show complaints
Coaches for Burnley away
Business & Community Liaison Group Meeting
THST Spurs Charity Pub Quiz
December catering survey
Cycle On You Spurs
Members online forum
We’re both disappointed and angry at the Club’s decision to charge £25 for the FA Cup Fourth Round replay v Southampton on 5 February, as announced earlier today. Tickets for the original tie at St Mary’s last Saturday were priced at a very reasonable £10 for Season Ticket Holders, with any tickets going to Members charged at £20 for both home and away fans. The visiting allocation sold out to Season Ticket Holders.
We’ve had an increasing number of questions about away fans in home areas at our new stadium, so we have spent some time trying to get a detailed answer from the Club about how this issue is dealt with.
We’re not suggesting fans who support different teams are incapable of sitting together, but we do recognise the reality that many fans have issues with significant numbers of away fans in home sections, and particularly in the South Stand, that was heavily marketed as the heart of the home support. So we pushed for the Club to explain its approach, in response to the many fans who have contacted us on this subject since the Liverpool game last weekend.
It’s now 12 days since allegations that Antonio Rüdiger was racially abused by the home crowd at the Premier League game between Spurs and Chelsea on Sunday 22 December. In the interests of all concerned, there now needs to be a clear statement on what has been established by the investigation THFC announced immediately after the game.