Crowds drop at the Tottenham stadium; is COVID or poor performance a contributory factor.
I am somebody who will go to watch Spurs no matter what. I’ve been watching my team since the late 50s, and even though my memories of that time are patchy, they are still there. My memories of the 60s are better and even more improved from the 70s and beyond. I have seen glory at White Hart Lane; I’ve also seen shit… but one consistency is that I keep going, no matter what… through thick and thin. Even rain, snow, freezing weather or heatwaves hasn’t put me off. My partners have had to sacrifice things so that I don’t miss games. So, to the present….
Our Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has seen well below 50,000 fans since our win over Norwich at the start of December. Of course, we have been unlucky with the timing of the opening of our 62,850-capacity stadium and then with the Covid-19 pandemic hitting a year later. However, there has been a considerable drop off in the attendance figures at our ground.
Here are the attendance figures for home games this season:
Tottenham’s attendances 2021-22:
Tottenham 1-0 Manchester City – 58,262
Tottenham 3-0 Pacos de Ferreira – 30,215
Tottenham 1-0 Watford – 57,672
Tottenham 0-3 Chelsea – 60,059
Tottenham 5-1 NS Mura – 25,121
Tottenham 2-1 Aston Villa – 53,076
Tottenham 0-3 Manchester United – 60,356
Tottenham 3-2 Vitesse – 36,312
Tottenham 2-1 Leeds – 58,989
Tottenham 2-0 Brentford – 54,202
Tottenham 3-0 Norwich – 57,088
Tottenham 2-2 Liverpool – 45,421
Tottenham 2-1 West Ham – 40,031
Tottenham 3-0 Crystal Palace – 40,539
Tottenham 3-1 Morecambe – 40,310
Tottenham 0-1 Chelsea – 45,603
Of course, those figures are impressive if you compare the attendance figures to when we were at White Hart Lane. Nevertheless, the statistics show that we have not had a capacity crowd at the stadium this season. Also, there has been a considerable drop off since the start of December. The lower attendances are probably due to a variety of reasons. A good example is against Liverpool and Palace, which were doubtful to go ahead until pretty late on. We also mustn’t exclude Omicron, and the requirement of proof of vaccination likely contributed to some staying away.
We are living in a different error from when I grew up. Today’s new breed of supporters see things differently. I supported my team through thick and thin (as I said)… nowadays you support your team unless you’ve got something more important to do… like playing computer games, walking the dog or pissing your earnings up the wall etc., I’ve never missed a home game for over 30 years (apart from when we weren’t allowed to go to the stadium because of COVID). I’ve gone home, away and aboard, and I’ve seen some shit in my time from watching Spurs, but I carry on regardless. I’ve seen Spurs relegated, sackings, etc. Even Daniel Levy, Alan Sugar and Irving Scholar contributed in trying to fuck up the club. But I continue turning up.
Today’s youngsters want instant success, or they’ll change clubs in a blink of an eye. Fans gravitate towards the likes of Liverpool, City or United. Those that win trophies… even the Gooner masturbaters, attract the brainless.
Daniel Levy must learn that if he wants consistency in the fan base and see it grow, he must find a winning formula that attracts even the gormless.
People like Daniel Levy has the key to seeing up reach sell-out crowds throughout the season (and, of course, win trophies)… and that would be by investing in the team and then challenging for top honours. We either compete with the best or decline and just be somebody who makes up the numbers like the Spammers, Everton, Norwich etc.
But then again I could be wrong… what are your thoughts?
My name is Glenn Renshaw.
I am currently a Premium Season Ticket holder (West Stand) in the new stadium. Before that – at White Hart Lane – a season ticket holder in various parts of the ground (mainly in the North stand).
Before becoming a season ticket holder, I stood on the shelf and various other parts of the ground since the 1960s (the season of the double). In 1987 I became one of the first to hold a Spurs Membership card. I was also a life long member of the Spurs supporters club (now defunct).
I go to all home, away and abroad matches.
I was born in 1955, Edgware, London. I currently live in Berkshire.
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