|On Monday December 3rd, Peter Haring
(Chairman and Funding and Investment), Daniel Wynne (Vice Chair and
Communications) and Jonathan Adelman (Secretary) met at White Hart Lane
with Spurs Chairman, Daniel Levy ("DL"), the Club's Press
Officer, John Fennelly and Donna Cullen, recently appointed Head of
Communications for the Club.
There was no formal agenda for the hour
and a half long meeting with the main purpose being the introduction to
the club of representatives of the newly formed elected committee and
the beginning of the regular consultative process agreed on when The
Trust met the Club in October.
DL stressed again how supportive the club
is of the Trust and that they would like to work with us very closely on
matters that relate to fans. They expect to make their own
commercial decisions, but are very eager to understand the supporters'
views. As previously agreed the Trust will not have a say over the
playing side of the Club, which "is entirely the manager's
province". The Club is very keen to develop links with its
overseas supporters groups and this is something where we hope the Trust
and the Club can work closely to make our global fan base feel part of
the Tottenham Family. Naturally, the Club are keen to hear
of any ideas which we the fans have to improve the service they provide,
either on match days or generally or any other ways of strengthening the
relationship between the club and its supporters. At the last
meeting in October a few of the suggestions made were well received and
one was implemented almost immediately, that being the scrolling score
updates on the Jumbotron.
Another idea, the production of a video
"season ticket" for our the NTSC/US fans is being
DL reiterated what was agreed in October,
namely that when issues such as the plans for the stadium and season
ticket prices are discussed, the Trust will be consulted. This
means that although the Trust would not (nor could it realistically
expect to have) a veto, the Club will, for the first time, actively
consult with fans on issues important to us. It is very
encouraging to hear from the highest source possible that the club will
be discussing these matters with fans before any announcements are made.
Peter explained the roles of each area of the Trust and what we hope to
achieve. Peter explained that we were planning a series of events
for members, the first of which will be on the evening of 17th January
2002 when a Members Meeting will be held at Whites so that the Trust's
members can start to raise the issues and ideas that they have, which
will set the agenda for the Trust. The Club again demonstrated
their support by offering Whites for the Members Meeting and will
hopefully confirm in due course that senior members of the Club's
management will come along to a Q&A Evening, similar to the event
with David Buchler last summer. Whites will also be the venue for
another members Meeting on March 14th 2002.
At the meeting in October, DL offered two Trust members the opportunity
to enjoy at Match Day at White Hart Lane from the comfort of the
directors box and it has now be confirmed that a draw of Members will
take place in the next week for tickets for the Blackburn game on 1st
January 2002. The playing squad will be in attendance post match and DL
felt this would be a perfect day to invite two members.
Martin Chivers will be contacted with a
view to setting up a game (in early summer) for Trust Members to play
against his ex Spurs XI. We have requested the use of WHL or Spurs
Lodge, although we are aware that work needs to be carried out on both
locations as soon as the season ends. We will circulate details once a
date and a venue have been confirmed.
When the Trust Board met we agreed that we would like to approach a
person entwined with the history and traditions of the club to become
out Honorary President and at the meeting we asked if the Club could
introduce us to our first choice. We hope to make an announcement
in the New Year.
DL suggested we meet again early in 2002 thereafter on a regular basis.
We hope as many Members as possible will be able to attend the Members
Meeting on 17th January 2002 so that we can start the process of feeding
back to the club your ideas and suggestions. If you are unable to make
Members Meetings please do email any comments, suggestions or ideas to
the Trust at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To conclude, it was a very warm and positive meeting. It is clear
that everyone present had the best intentions of the club at heart and
it was very pleasing to hear how the club wish to consult on major
issues that affect the fans.
Our New Year newsletter will be published prior to the Members Meeting
and we look forward to seeing you at Whites on 17th January.