"It is better to fail aiming high than to succeed aiming low. And we of Spurs have set our sights very high, so high in fact that even failure will have in it an echo of glory." Bill Nicholson. SPURS


Sunday, March 18, 2007

We Shall Not Be Moved!

Spurs have announced season ticket prices for next year and on average they have gone up by £27 although some have increased by more. They are also introducing various levels of membership which will be carefully designed to force fans to pay more to increase the likelihood of getting a ticket.

What has really got my back up is the attempt to get season ticket holders within the Paxton Road without a junior to move seat. This is to allow more families to watch Spurs etc. While a very worthwhile cause it is a shame the club is attempting to blackmail its own supporters within the Paxton to move instead of actually doing the right thing and making junior priced tickets avilable throughout the whole ground. Of course the money men at Spurs would never do this even though they will receive huge sums of cash next season from Sky, much more than ever! If Spurs finished bottom they would pocket £30 million, greedy gits.

As an incentive to move they will give you, wait for it, TEN, yes TEN loyalty points as a bonus!!!! Wow! The other incentive is that wherever you move to will be charged at the same price next year as your current Paxton Road price. So if I moved to the East Upper for example I would still pay £579 while the guy next to me would be paying £899. He will be pleased! And then the next year my price will revert to the standard price for the particular part of the ground you sit in. I can't afford to pay £900 for a season ticket - £579 will be a struggle. Why do the club think I chose to sit in the Paxton in the first place? Are they stupid?

People who have made friends with the other people around them are almost certain to be split up and where do they think all us Paxton people will go. There is a long waiting list for the Park Lane and how many people will be giving up their tickets there? Will the new seat be as good as the one I currently occupy? I doubt it.

And thus I will not be moving. I already have 332 loyalty points so a bonus of 10 means nothing to me. The club has scored another spectacular own goal pissing people off all over the ground, be it the people who feel they have to move to the others who find the bloke next to him is paying £300 less than he is for an identical seat.

No one should be bullyed into moving, WE SHALL, WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED!



Anonymous Jamo said...

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11:39 PM, March 18, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was never any "worthy" attempt. It's sheer greed by Levy. The original proposal was to FORCE season ticket holders to relocate in the following season, similar to what happened to Newcastle fans when their ground was re-developed.

There are plenty of tickets available for non-A games but not in the North Stand. Why? Because they cost a lot more money and in the case of the East Stand have restricted views. Never under-estimate the capacity of the Spurs hierarchy to completely screw fans for all they have and show the real identity of the Premier League for all it's worth - simply a desire to convert fans into "customers" and milk every last penny of disposable income out of them.

This from a chairman who spent his early years taking the club several years backward and is only enjoying success due to a decision he failed to make on the advice of Arnesen - appointing Jol.

12:14 AM, March 19, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just thought you would like to see the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust Board Statement on this "shot on the foot, and own goal" by our club!!!!

Published 18.03.07

President - Steve Perryman M.B.E
Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust

Trust Board Statement.

On Wednesday 14th March, 2007, the Trust was informed by THFC of the details of the club's announcement being made today about next season's ticket prices.

Representatives of the Trust have already met once with the club and are due to meet again this week (20th March) for what we understood would be a final consultation meeting about the package. This meeting is still scheduled, and we will advise our members of our standpoint on more specific issues simultaneously with the scheduled time of the meeting.

However, as we have been saying for several weeks now, the Trust Board is totally opposed to any increase in ticket prices. The information provided on Wednesday was that while matchday prices are being held, the average increase for adult season ticket holders would be £25, with a £10 increase on concessions (juniors & seniors).

The prices published this evening show increases for adults ranging from £19 in the North and South Lower to £50 in West Upper, with most individual increases being £29. This is a range of 3.2% to 5.6%, with an average increase of 4%. The government’s consumer price index measure of inflation currently stands at 2.7%.

We pointed THFC to the news from several other Premiership clubs who have announced either price freezes or reductions for next season and the Sun's ticket-pricing campaign, which the Trust has publicly supported along with the Prime Minister and the Sports Minister. Our club's announcement makes them the first to buck this trend.

THFC believes its increases are offset by the enhanced membership packages being introduced, but we have yet to calculate the detailed value of those packages and believe any additional costs have been more than offset by this season's additional cup revenue. The revenue from the S/T increases equates to barely half the income from the game against Braga alone.

In registering our disappointment, we welcome your views on how we should react/respond on the issue of the pricing strategy of the club, which can look forward to significantly increased TV revenue next season, and of course has reaped the rewards of good cup runs this season.

The Trust persuaded the club to change its plans for those who presently occupy the North Stand. The plan was to ask adults who do not accompany children or seniors ('concessions') to move elsewhere this year with the offer of a year at North Stand prices in other parts of the ground, but for anyone who didn't move voluntarily to then force them to move next year unless they fulfil the requisite quota of adults/concessions in their party. To ensure openness, we confirm that four members of the Trust Board are North Stand S/T holders and will be directly affected by this.

Through this measure, thousands of season ticket holders, could have been forced to occupy seats that could be of a lesser quality and/or more expensive. Whilst the club will still go ahead with the voluntary move scheme, and only replace 'vacancies' in the North Stand with family groups, under pressure from the Trust they have now dropped the idea of a subsequent compulsory move.

The Trust Board is disappointed that, at a time, when Spurs football has been entertaining and could yet be successful, the club has sought ways in which to draw additional funds from its loyal support.

Last week, and in the recent membership/ticketing meeting, we were embargoed regarding the details being provided to us. Following the details given to us on Wednesday, we can assure you that the Trust Board as a whole was extremely unhappy but agreed to honour the club's request for
confidentiality prior to their public announcement.

It is, however, now the right time to place on record our views.

We will follow this up once we have digested the terms & conditions associated with the new season ticket packages, which we are to discuss at the meeting on Tuesday.

THST Board.

1:02 AM, March 19, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What did Spurs envisage happening when all the Paxton season ticket holders were moved and replaced by kids and all these 'new juniors' grow up? Do their parents then have to pop out a few more kids or lose their seat in the stand? It's a risable, cynical attempt to have people who pay £600 odd for a season ticket pay £300 plus more a season in poorer seats by moving them elsewhere. Shades of the Emirates.

11:11 AM, March 19, 2007


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