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Friday's AGM

Posted on 14 December 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).

The first Annual General Meeting with the new board of Tottenham Hotspur took place in Whites at the Lane on Friday morning.

The great Bill Nicholson attended the gathering along with shareholders, while vice-chairman David Buchler directed proceedings. Also sitting at the top table were chairman Daniel Levy, director of football David Pleat, finance director designate and company secretary Paul Viner and non-executive director Howard Shore.

The chairman opened the meeting and paid tribute to the impact of Glenn and the fantastic support given by the fans

"I hope you'll all agree that we have started to lay the foundations for the continued development of our club, building on the great heritage that it continues to enjoy," said the chairman.

"I certainly think we have all been spurred on by Glenn, his management and the team's performance on the field, their growing level of confidence has spread throughout the club during the season to date.

"Certainly Glenn and his management team have reinforced our collective aim for the club, which remains the same as it was at the beginning of the year - to achieve success on and off the field on a consistent basis.

"Finally, your board would like to make a tribute to the fans for the fantastic support they give the club and the enthusiasm for the team over the current season. I wish them all the very best for the remainder of this season."

Following the formal business, shareholders were given the opportunity to air questions to the board and the observations and progress reports given in reply were well received by the audience.

"We timed the meeting particularly for this day to follow a 6-0 win against Bolton, so everyone was in a fairly good mood!" joked David Buchler afterwards.

"It was great, the questions were all fair questions. "We as a board took the attitude that we wanted to have open communication with our fans and try to help them understand some of the difficulties we face.

"Not just the good side, but some of the bad side as well. I think when you do explain the ups and downs and some of the difficulties of running a football club, people do understand it and the reception was very good.

"We've moved forward even quicker than even I thought we would do. I had an inkling that we could, but obviously you don't know how things are really going to pan out.

"I have to say, there is a long, long journey to go. We have a priority with our academy to grow that, a priority with our stadium and we also have a priority to make sure that the squad is strong and to see that we get qualification for Europe this season.

"Not just for this season, but to make sure we keep strong enough in the months and years ahead to enable us to continue our trip on an ongoing basis.

"Yes, it's gone well, but there is still a journey to go. Ask me at the end of the season if we've done well enough and I'll probably give you a more conclusive answer."