Ballots have now closed for the representatives on the Fan Advisory Board elected by Season Ticket Holders, Women’s Team Season Ticket Holders, One Hotspur Members, Domestic Supporters’ Clubs and Overseas Supporters’ Clubs. The results will be announced shortly and those representatives will join the representatives from Proud Lilywhites, SpursAbility, Spurs Reach and the two representatives from the Trust on the newly constituted FAB.
The first meeting of the FAB will take place in July. The remit of the FAB covers the Club’s strategic vision and objectives; off-pitch performance updates priorities and plans; operational matchday issues; proposals relating to significant changes to Club heritage assets; stadium issues and plans; the Club’s community strategy; equality, diversity and inclusion commitments and the Club’s plans for broader supporter engagement. Your Trust representatives will work with the other representatives on the FAB to ensure that the Club genuinely engages and consults on these fundamental issues.
Meeting with the Chairman
Last month, the Fan Advisory Board representatives from the Trust, Proud Lilywhites, SpursAbility and Spurs Reach met Daniel Levy and Donna Cullen to ask a number of key questions about issues at the Club. You can read the Club’s report of the meeting here.
Update on our annual survey
Our ninth end of season fan survey was open from Monday 12 June to Thursday 22 June. The survey was open to all Spurs supporters, including Trust members and non-members, Season Ticket holders, One Hotspur members and non-members, UK-based fans and overseas fans.
We’re pleased to have received over 5,000 responses to the survey. The sample covers a broad range of demographics. We’re now busy analysing the data and reviewing the many thousands of comments provided. We aim to present the findings in early August, before the new season kicks off.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey. Your responses will help us to adopt positions that reflect the views of the majority of Trust members, and the wider fan base, as well as guiding our approach to our dealings with the Club hierarchy. We’re grateful to everyone who helped spread the word, including our friends at The Spurs Show, Last Word on Spurs, The Extra Inch, The Fighting Cock, The Cheese Room, The Game Is About Glory, THFC Flags, football.london, The Athletic, SpursAbility, SpursREACH, Proud Lilywhites, and others.
Micky Hazard - star guest at the THST BBQ
We are delighted that Tottenham legend, Micky Hazard, who made his Spurs league debut in 1980, will be the guest of honour at our summer BBQ. A key member of both the 1982 FA Cup and 1984 UEFA Cup winning sides he is a firm, fans favourite and has many great stories about his time at Tottenham. He is passionate about the history and heritage of Spurs, and the important role that the fans play at the club. Theo Delaney, of the Spurs Show and Life Goals podcast, will be interviewing Micky about his Tottenham memories and wider footballing career. There will be an opportunity for members to ask questions, have photographs taken, and get cherished items signed.
We’re also looking forward to some great Spurs/Oasis/ themed live acoustic music from Tim Winstone (@tim_winstone) and DJ sets from Alex Roffe. There will also be a raffle and a charity auction.
The BBQ is at the Antwerp Arms on Sunday 23rd July. This is a FREE event, but entry is by ticket only. To let us know that you’re coming, please register here and indicate whether you would like to be fed at our earlier (1.30 pm - 2.30pm) or later (4.30pm –
5.30pm) BBQ sitting.
Our work with the FSA
As a Trust we work hard to represent the wide range of interests and concerns of Spurs fans. Sometimes the issues are specific to us as a Club, but often they are faced by football fans across the premier league and the football pyramid as a whole. On these matters our work is strengthened by working with the Football Supporters Association (FSA) who represent fans of all clubs. Recent successes won through this joint action include the retention of the cap on away ticket pricing, the return of safe standing and the greater formal voice for fans at their Clubs.
A major current issue of joint concern is TV fixture scheduling, in which the FSA is seeking to hold the Premier League to the agreed deadlines for announcing changes impacted by TV scheduling and policing requirements. This has a significant impact on fans as it's difficult to make travel arrangements with any confidence of the match taking place at the published time. Some matches last season were moved twice - again impacting financially on fans. There are worrying signs that these deadlines will move even closer to kick offs from 2024, benefiting the TV companies at a cost to fans.
At the June AGM in Manchester, supporters’ representatives discussed the organisation’s work over the last year and proposed new policies on a range of issues affecting match-going fans. Full details can be read here.
An unusual North London collaboration led to us seconding AST’s motion, along with the trusts of Manchester United, Leeds, Liverpool and Chelsea calling for continued action to address abuse at football and eradicate tragedy chanting. The huge progress made in recent years to make football more welcoming, as well as the improved experience many report attending matches was noted but there sadly remains real issues with hate and abuse directed at people in the football community which needs addressing. This includes on-line abuse directed at players and others in the game including referees, club officials and other supporters. There is also the spectre of tragedy chanting which causes distress to many fans.
A motion, supported unanimously, welcomed the FSA’s Fans for Diversity campaign – a partnership with Kick It Out to celebrate diversity in football to ensure all fans feel safe and welcome at the game, regardless of; age, disability, gender, race, faith, sexual orientation or any other protected characteristic and the wider work taken to stamp out all forms of abuse in football. It called on the FSA to :
- support the work being led by Kick-it-Out to secure meaningful change in the On-line Safety Bill currently before Parliament;
- continue to develop and promote its Fans for Diversity work;
- support the work arising from the All-Football Tragedy Chanting working group and contribute to education and awareness initiatives that will help eradicate this activity.
This month on the Forum we’ve been discussing the season ticket renewals and concessionary pricing, catering prices, ENIC, the new kit and the Fan Advisory Board.
The THST Forum is open to full and life members of the Trust. Members should apply via our website and set up an account. We should emphasise Trust membership alone doesn’t give you automatic access to the forum, you need to register via the link. Don’t forget – full members can start threads of their own so have a think about which off-field issues you would like to discuss.
To join the Trust, please register here. Whilst everyone who works with the Trust is a volunteer, we do have some costs and would encourage people to upgrade from free Associate Membership to Full membership if you can - please click here.
I July 2023