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Club statement

Posted on 15 March 2001  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

In response to yesterday&rsquo&#59;s Virgin Trains&rsquo&#59; press statement, in which the company states that there is&nbsp&#59;just one already fully-booked train to Manchester on the day of our FA Cup semi-final with Arsenal, our Executive Vice-Chairman David Buchler said:<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p><P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;Spurs and Arsenal recognise the inconvenience to fans having to travel over 200 miles for this game but both clubs, I know, are doing their utmost to try to help supporters with their travel arrangements.<o:p></o:p><P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;The press release from Virgin Trains, which is so unhelpful, says more about the arrogance with which they conduct their business than it does about the problems that might face fans on their travel.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>Richard Branson has a lot to answer for in allowing such <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59;</SPAN>aggressive statements to be issued by Virgin.<o:p></o:p><P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;This press release can only add to the public&rsquo&#59;s view that Virgin would have absolutely no wish to be helpful to the consumer but perhaps they should recognise that, from a consumer&rsquo&#59;s point of view, such an aggressive stance does them no credit whatsoever.<o:p></o:p><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Times&#59; FONT-SIZE: 12pt&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt&#59; mso-fareast-font-family: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'&#59; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB&#59; mso-fareast-language: EN-US&#59; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">&ldquo&#59;In the meantime, we are looking to hire our own coaches, <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59;</SPAN>trains and planes on the day.&rdquo&#59;</SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Times&#59; FONT-SIZE: 12pt&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt&#59; mso-fareast-font-family: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'&#59; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB&#59; mso-fareast-language: EN-US&#59; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"></SPAN>&nbsp&#59;<P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Times&#59; FONT-SIZE: 12pt&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt&#59; mso-fareast-font-family: Times&#59; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'&#59; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB&#59; mso-fareast-language: EN-US&#59; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"></SPAN>&nbsp&#59;