• Club has designated the Tottenham Tribute Trust to be the charity supported throughout The Finale of White Hart Lane
• Unique charity is dedicated to serving the needs of former Spurs players who find themselves in a situation that compromises their quality of life
• Special edition memorabilia to raise funds for the Tottenham Tribute Trust
The Club has designated the Tottenham Tribute Trust, a charity that serves the needs of its former players, to benefit from activity during The Finale of our historic White Hart Lane stadium.
The Club is set to play its last ever match at the 118-year-old venue against Manchester United on Sunday, May 14, before it is demolished to make way for a new 61,000-seat world class stadium.
The Tottenham Tribute Trust is the first of its kind, established by the Club in 2002 and run by a board of independent and voluntary trustees, dedicated to serving the needs of former players who find themselves in a situation that compromises their quality of life.
It is an organisation that reaches out to members of the Spurs family who are facing difficulty either financially, medically or both.
Many of the greats that the charity has aided over the years have been involved in some of White Hart Lane’s most memorable moments that are being highlighted and celebrated during its Finale.
Beneficiaries have included members of the Club’s famous 1961 Double-winning side such as Les Allen and the late Bobby Smith, the captain of the Club’s 1971 League Cup and 1972 UEFA Cup successes Alan Mullery and, most recently, Jimmy Greaves – the Club’s all-time leading goalscorer.
Daniel Levy, Chairman, Tottenham Hotspur, said: “The Club decided that there could not be a more appropriate organisation to benefit from the celebrations around The Finale of White Hart Lane than the Tottenham Tribute Trust.
“Given the role it has played in serving the needs of former players that have created so many special memories at the Lane over the years, we feel that this is the right time at which to raise awareness of the charity’s fantastic work.
“Caring for the wider Spurs family has always been an integral part of what our Club is about.”
Jonathan Adelman, Chair of the Tottenham Tribute Trust, said: “It is fantastic to receive the support of the Club and will be a fitting way of celebrating the achievements of the Tottenham Tribute Trust to date. The funds raised will enable us to continue to help those who helped make White Hart Lane such a special place for Spurs fans.
“The Club had the foresight to establish the Tottenham Tribute Trust so that there is a very clear facility through which to provide care to its former players.
“Tottenham Hotspur is unique as a Club in doing this and the Tottenham Tribute Trust is something that all fans should be extremely proud of.”
Jean Harmer, the widow of Tommy Harmer, who made 222 appearances between 1951-60, said: “Tom and I were of an era that was loathe to ask for help – our generation just didn't do that. When Tom's dementia was worsening, I had also suffered a traumatic colon cancer operation and initially refused any help because I was lost in a daily routine of worry; about Tom, and for our future. I can't speak highly enough of the Trust’s kindness and professionalism, and how they guided me through Tom's final days. I don't know what I'd have done without their timely intervention.”
Proceeds to the Tottenham Tribute Trust will come from several sources during The Finale of White Hart Lane, including the sale of highly valuable memorabilia.
Shirts worn by the team during the Manchester United match will be signed by the players and auctioned for the charity.
Fans attending the game will be able to purchase a special edition A4 commemorative matchday programme for £10 with proceeds going to the Tottenham Tribute Trust.
The Club has produced an exclusive pin badge now available in all Club retail stores and online for a minimum donation of £3 to the Tottenham Tribute Trust.