Last week, the Board of Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust asked the Board of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club for a meeting to discuss the Club’s medium to long-term strategy. The Club has decided it does not want to address the questions many fans are asking. It has declined to speak to the Board of its official Supporters’ Trust.
Safe standing victory
Update on Club Board
Premier League / FSA Meeting on COVID
FSA Premier League Network Meeting
ECL and Premier League Away match ticketing
Concessions and Ticket Exchange
Europa Conference League Away Games
Football Supporters Europe Away Fans Survey
Supporting Tottenham Foodbank on match days
FSA #TerraceTalk campaign
Andy's Man Club
Cycling to Spurs: Pedal to the Pitch
London to Amsterdam 2022
Gary Mabbutt event special offer for members
Over the past few weeks we’ve been contacted by an increasing number of Trust members and the wider fan base who are extremely concerned about the current direction of THFC.
Return of fans to games
Digital ticketing update and Manchester City debrief
Other ticketing issues
THFC Sanctions and Banning Policy
THST Fan Survey 2021 results
Supporting Tottenham Foodbank on match days
THST Q3 Board Meeting
Blowing the whistle on online hate
Women at the Match FSA survey
Cycling to Spurs and Amsterdam
It’s the start of a new season and, for the first time in 17 months, Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium will be open to full capacity. The overwhelming feeling is that it is good to be back and, as always, we start the season with optimism.
The start of a new season has focussed our minds on a problem that has not disappeared over the summer. Tottenham Foodbank and North Enfield Foodbank are still in need of our help to support those less fortunate than ourselves in our local community.
The scale of discontent with the way the Board of Tottenham Hotspur FC is running the Club has been laid bare in the largest-ever independent survey of fan opinion carried out by the Supporters’ Trust. Of the 8,358 fans who responded, 75% said they felt ENIC’s stewardship of the Club had declined over the last year. That’s significantly up from just 6% in our last survey in 2019. Only 9% thought it had improved, significantly down from 61% in 2019. On-field events have undoubtedly had an impact on supporter sentiment, but our findings show substantial discontent with decisions made off-field too.
THST ran its seventh annual Fan Survey from 9th to 18th June. After a pause in 2020 owing to the disruption to the 2019/20 season caused by the pandemic, we were keen to gauge fan sentiment on a wide range of issues affecting Spurs fans. The online survey was open to all Tottenham supporters, including members of the Trust.
Government’s Fan Led Review: THST written submission and next steps
Update on supporter representation at Spurs
Preparing for the return of fans from August
Club ticketing meeting – 14 July
Club atmosphere meeting – 13 July
Business and Community matters
Combatting online hate
THST Fans Survey 2021
Cycle on you Spurs and Football to Amsterdam
The Antwerp Arms
You've got to admire their BALLS: THST's Rob White talks to the man behind the new art exhibition at Warmington House
If you’ve ever thought you don’t know much about art, but you know what you like, you might be interested in the OOF Gallery that has opened on the site of the old supporters’ club at Warmington House, next to our new stadium.
Trust Board member and photographer Rob White spoke to the gallery’s founder and curator, Justin Hammond, to find out a little bit more about the project at the first exhibition – pithily entitled BALLS – which promised “twisted, manipulated, deformed football sculptures” when it opened on 23 July.
The interim findings of the fan-led review into football, published yesterday in a letter from Tracey Crouch MP to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, are an encouraging start to a long-overdue process. THST is one of the fan organisations that has provided some of the 100 hours of oral evidence to the review, and our written submission is one of over 70 such supporting documents submitted to the review panel.
In the aftermath of the ill-fated European Super League, the governance of football has come under the spotlight, most notably through the Government’s Fan-Led Review of football governance, to which THST has already submitted evidence. As part of our work, we have conducted a review of the legal structure of the Club.
Tottenham has a relatively complex set of arrangements (although comparable with those at Arsenal) and understanding how they work is important to inform discussions on future governance and ensuring fan influence.
After 18 months away and despite the continued presence of COVID-19, fans are confident about returning to full capacity stadiums, but worried about transport to and from the ground and split over mandatory testing to gain entrance.
The results come from our latest annual survey of fan opinion, this time completed by a record 8,358 people. The survey was open from 9 to 18 June 2021. With clubs and the football authorities currently discussing the return to stadiums, we thought it was timely to release figures on this important issue ahead of the full survey results being published at the start of August.
We have formally sent our submission on the reform of Club governance to the Government review being led by Tracey Crouch MP. The document sets out the context of the relationship between supporters and THFC, details how that has developed, and suggests how supporter representation could be improved without compromising the Club's ability to operate in the modern football business.
Since we published our contribution to the conversation about change in the way our Club and the game in general is run, we’ve received a lot of support. The latest message backing our Fans and Football First campaign comes from Spurs fan and former chair of the FA, David Triesman, now Lord Triesman of Tottenham.
He says: “I support the statement and the message in the Dear Board film. It is a sensible way to move forward and while I know that club owners have not typically responded well to these kinds of ideas, they would be prudent to do so.
Fans and Football First campaign: Proposal for future fan engagement at THFC
THST Fans Survey 2021
Football Supporters’ Association VAR survey findings
Business and Community Liaison Group meeting
Support for Foodbanks during Euro 2020
THST Q2 Board Meeting
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