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We're backing the bid!

Posted on 1 July 2009  - 12:00

The Club is pleased to support London's campaign to become a major host venue for England's 2018 World Cup bid.

We're backing the bid!

The Club is pleased to support London's campaign to become a major host venue for England's 2018 World Cup bid.

Children from the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation joined representatives of London's football clubs and the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to officially launch the capital's campaign on Tuesday.

London has an unprecedented level of public interest in football with more professional football clubs, 13, than any other city in the world. At an amateur level hundreds of thousands of players from every global community compete in hundreds of organised matches every weekend.

London's application will focus not only on its outstanding football facilities but on its global diversity, legacy and the fan experience it can deliver as one of the world's leading cities in event hosting.

London is calling upon its football community to help secure one million signatories as part of the campaign. Anyone wishing to show their support can do so by logging on to, click on ‘Register Your Support' then choose London in the drop down menu for ‘Choose Your City'. CLICK HERE to go direct to the site.

At the launch, Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London said: "Come on Londoners - join me in supporting the bid to host one of the greatest sporting tournaments in the world. London is a football mad city, from the top-flight professional club and international matches attracting fans in their tens of thousands each week to the friendly kick about in local parks and open spaces like Hackney Marshes, Europe's largest expanse of playing fields.

"We've a track record for hosting international sporting events on a regular basis and the many parks and green spaces would be perfect for watching World Cup matches, so register your support for our city's bid and be ready to welcome the world!"

London will face competition from cities including Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Portsmouth, Newcastle/Gateshead and Nottingham - a total of 15 potential venues are vying for the 12 places available as part of the 2018 bid.

Tom Huddlestone

London's formal application to become a host city for the World Cup in 2018 will be delivered by ‘London United', a group of leading executives from a number of major stakeholders within the capital.

‘London United' brings together a range of expertise from organisations such as the GLA Group, the London Boroughs, football clubs and private sector partners. Key individuals include co-founder of The Carphone Warehouse, David Ross. Formerly on the boards of Wembley Stadium and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, Ross has been nominated to the group by the London Mayor. The bid submission is being co-ordinated and driven by Events for London.

Paul Barber, Executive Director, Tottenham Hotspur, is the Club's representative on ‘London United'.

He said: "We are fully behind London's campaign to be a major host venue for England's 2018 World Cup bid. Londoners have an unrivalled passion for football and it would be fantastic for the capital and Tottenham Hotspur to play a significant role if England hosted the 2018 World Cup."

Our pictures show our England Under-21 internationals Tom Huddlestone and Jamie O'Hara giving their support...