Host Ricky Sacks is joined by co-host Lee McQueen and Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust (THST) Chair Martin Buhagiar and Vice-Chair Anthoulla Achilleos as we discuss the THST announcing it will stage a demonstration against the club’s ticket price rises ahead of Ange Postecoglou’s first official home game in charge against Manchester United on Saturday 19 August.
THST has accused Spurs of “exploiting fans’ loyalty” during a cost of living crisis. The protest will commence at 3.45pm – with kick-off at 5.30pm – and take place opposite the club’s ticket office. It threatens to overshadow a new era under Postecoglou, who joined from Celtic earlier in the summer.
As of next season, tickets for Category B and C matches will be raised by between £3 to £15 compared to 2022-23, while Category A fixtures, against Spurs’ “Big Six” rivals and as of next season Newcastle, are now priced at £10 to £17 more. The most expensive individual ticket for an adult supporter is £103.
According to THST, the increase in matchday tickets will earn the club approximately £2.5m in revenue, representing a 2.4 per cent increase from June 2022 and a 0.6 per cent increase of the club’s total income.
The THST hopes that the demonstration will encourage the club to fully reverse the ticket price increases, improve their communication with fans over proposed changes in the future and ensure that there will be no further rises made for the 2024-25 season.
A Supporters’ Trust is a formal, democratic, non-profit organisation run by fans for fans. The purpose of a Trust is to help fans to join together and strengthen their influence over the way their club is run, and to improve the links between their club and the community it serves.
In a way, THST like a union, believing that many voices are stronger than one and that the best way to influence the club is to represent many fans, not just themselves.
The main reason to join THST is to make sure that you have a way of getting your opinion across to the Club, in a way that they have committed to listening to. We also provide advice to fans who contact us on a wide variety of ticketing and safety issues. This includes providing assistance with ticketing enquiries, facilitating and mediating complaints against the club, representing fans who have been unfairly treated and, where necessary, providing access to legal counsel. As a volunteer-led organisation, our capacity is sometimes stretched in this major part of our work, but our objective is always to ensure the interests of fans come first.
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