An open letter from our Chairman, Daniel Levy, to the fans published in today's official matchday programme for our final home game of the season against Bolton.
This season has flown by and I can hardly believe that today sees the last home game of the 2009/2010 season - how time flies when you are enjoying yourself - and we have certainly enjoyed ourselves this season.
Aside from the emotions we have all been through, the statistics speak for themselves and underline quite what a season we have had - we top the League for the number of different goalscorers, no fewer than 19, equalling a Club record from 1985/86 and a Premier League record held by Manchester City in 2008/09; and we did that in a season with a Club record 19 league wins so far, 13 of which were at the Lane - including wins against Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool. Our current tally of 64 points suggests we may well beat our best-ever PL tally of 65.
Harry and his coaching staff have developed a squad which has delivered many excellent performances. With minimal changes to the First Team during the transfer windows, we have undoubtedly enjoyed the benefits of not only a settled squad, but one which has shown great character and determination to take this Club to the next level.
There are many aspects of what we are doing that are geared towards building for our future - the new First Team and Academy Training Centre at Bull's Cross is under construction - years of planning now becoming a reality - and the proposed new stadium is at planning stage. It is a major development and we are according it the full consultation time schemes of this ilk demand. We have to arrive at the optimum scheme for the Club, the community and achieve planning permission. I remain determined to deliver a world class, increased capacity stadium, in much the same way as we persevered and delivered the Training Centre.
Once again you have all shown your tremendous support for your Club through a difficult economic period. Sustained commercial revenues through ticketing, retail, corporate hospitality and sponsorship are key to us delivering investment in all areas of the Club. We hope for an improvement in the economic environment next season.
It is important, however, to remember that not everything we do is commercial - our award-winning work through the Club's charitable organisation, the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, continues to go from strength to strength and is now widely acknowledged as the most comprehensive and successful provider of programmes which tackle key issues in society today. This season the Foundation reached a landmark achievement- it has now delivered over one million life changing opportunities in just under four years. We are acutely aware that football has a unique power to engage the most hard to reach members of society and we take our role seriously in fulfilling our responsibility to use that effectively.
The Lane also held the launch this season of the SOS Children's Villages World Orphan Week - Do Something Amazing, which saw every player and coach, along with senior management, sponsor a child in need. And this wasn't the only way our players contributed to our good works - this season saw no fewer than 200 community events at which players gave their time, far exceeding our commitment to involve a player a week in the local community.
Starting with free One Hotspur membership for Under-11s and including guest windows for ticket purchases for season ticket holders' children, we shall be making it our priority to reach out to our younger fans and to creating the next generation of supporters who will continue the great atmosphere at the Lane and further afield.
For the first time in 14 years we play our last two games away from home and I write this knowing that we are likely to return to European competition next season, but not knowing in which competition. One thing I do know is that the disappointment we shall all feel if we do not make the fourth qualifying spot for Champions League, will be a measure of exactly how far we have come.
We have experienced and enjoyed a season of truly memorable performances and we have never had to look below the top few places of the table to find our Club's name.
Your support at home and away has been unwavering. Thank you.
When the players circle the pitch at the end of the match today they will be thanking you all for the part you played in this remarkable season. It will no doubt be a time when we all reflect on some of the outstanding moments we have witnessed from them on the pitch.
I wish you and your families an enjoyable summer and look forward to welcoming you back to the Lane next season.