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Brighton proceeds to the TTT

Thu, July 14, 2011 - 8:43, News, Administrator,

Brighton proceeds to the TTT

Supporters will recall how proceeds of last year's pre-season friendly at AFC Bournemouth was split between TTT and Help For Heroes so we are delighted to be able to confirm that at least 50% of Tottenham Hotspur's share of the gate receipts from the game against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday 30th July will again go to the TTT.

The game is a landmark occasion in the history of the famous south coast club as it will mark the official opening of their new stadium, the American Express Community Stadium.

Our former player and first team coach, Gus Poyet, led Brighton to promotion to the Championship last season and the game has already sold out to Spurs fans.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Tottenham Hotspur, Brighton and Hove Albion and of course the travelling fans, who are the best in the country, bar none, for their fantastic support of the TTT.

We hope everyone has a very enjoyable day.


The Tottenham Tribute Trust

Tue, May 10, 2011 - 13:10, News, Administrator,

Tottenham Tribute Trust

The Tottenham Tribute Trust has helped, and continues to help many of the Club's former players. This short film demonstrates why it is so important to continue helping the players that made this Club what it is. They made us proud. Please help them.

Former captain Alan Mullery is joined by Pat Jennings, Cliff Jones, Phil Beal, Martin Peters and Martin Chivers to explain more about the TTT.

(If you are unable to view the presentation below, try the alternative link here)


50th Anniversary of winning the double (1960/61 season)

Fri, May 06, 2011 - 12:08, News, Administrator,

1960/61 season Spurs team

This week marks the 50th anniversary of winning the double in the 1960-61 season.

So much has been written by so many people about that wonderful achievement. But many players of that generation are in need of help. Real, genuine help can be given by those that appreciated their talents, ie us the fans of our great club.

There are so many ways you can help.

1) The commemorative programme for the Blackpool game at White Hart Lane on 7th May cost £5, and £1 of each programme sold is going to the TTT. Don't buy one.........buy a few. Buy one for you, one for your older relative who no longer goes to games. One for your work colleague who talks to you every week about games but isn't able to go to White Hart Lane. The more you buy, the more we make.

2) Send a text from your phone. Text TTT to 70777 and the TTT will receive a donation of £5. The cost will be added to your phone bill.

3) Follow this link (http://www.justgiving.com/thettt) and make a donation via Just Giving.

The players of yester year need no introduction. We all know them and we all loved them. But they do need help. Your help.

Old players have told me that the help means so much to them. Alan Mullery wouldn't be able to walk properly if it wasn't for TTT. Phil Beal appreciated our help when he needed an operation. The late Bobby Smith was helped as was Les Allen.

Please help make a difference to people who made a difference to your life.

Thank you.


Commentating on Tottenham – by Daniel Wynne

Wed, November 24, 2010 - 12:33, News, Administrator,

Commentating on Tottenham

Serving as a Trustee of the TTT is an honour and a privilege as it enables me to give something back to the heroes of yesteryear who did so much to give the Club the fantastic history, heritage and tradition that we all love.

I am lucky enough to be the Club’s match day commentator which enables me to look at the current crop of players in a lot of detail. This article will look at the preparation for each game and my match day routine.

This is my 10th season of commentating for Tottenham’s games, and it is a role that I thoroughly enjoy and take seriously.

I do a full live, 90 minute commentary for every home game and it is done without the benefit of a co commentator. The commentary is heard live in the executive lounges and boxes and the games are recorded onto DVD and they form part of the management team’s analysis, plus the FA receives a copy too.

Therefore, it is vitally important to be respectful to the opponents and to treat it seriously. I always use the motto – fail to prepare, prepare to fail.

The Premier League games are generally easier to prepare for as it is easy to get info on our opponents, they are on TV every week so formations won’t be a surprise and the players are well known.  Playing some of the European teams presents more of a challenge as there is less coverage, to say nothing of the difficult pronunciation. Stadium announcer Pete Abbott often complains before such a game that he has a hard job reading the away team’s names, but I always tell him that it is easy compared to my job as I need to say their names all night!

I keep records of all Spurs players’ appearances on a season by season basis and in total for their time at the Club, which I update after every game.

I also have to keep records of our opponents players and I update them a couple of weeks prior to the next game against them. If we play a team that is new to the Premier League like Blackpool this season, more time is needed to prepare. I generally list all their fixtures for the season to date together with goal scorers so all the important stats are fresh and up to date. It takes about two to three hours work to prepare for a game or slightly longer for a team like Blackpool.

On a match day, I would arrive at the ground at about 10.30am for a 3pm kick off. My voice appears in the pre match show on the Jumbotrons as part of the highlights packages of recent home and away games and they tend to be voiced on the day of the game for editing reasons rather than using the tape of the game done at the time. I also have a slot in the show where I set a quiz question (to camera) on our opponents. This is recorded a game in advance, ready for the next show as VT needs to be dropped in.

Therefore, arriving early is key to ensure everything is recorded on time and my spot on the gantry, high up on the roof of the East Stand, is all ok. The technical guys rig everything up but I always pop up to make sure my position is all ok as it all needs to be just how I like it.

I get the team line ups around an hour before kick off (an hour and a quarter before kick off on Champions League nights) and I check to make sure Pete Abbott has them via our radio system. I then make my way up to the gantry to finalise my commentary sheet. The BBC and Sky commentators are all up there too and it has been known for them to check the odd stat with me on the Spurs players at least!

I can't begin to tell you how cold it gets up there in the winter and the nearest toilets are on the concourse in the East Stand so a pre match trip to the toilet is essential!

All my stats are set out in a way that is familiar to me so that I can refer to them at any given time during the game.

I have a variety of people that talk to me at any one time during the game via my headphones (or “cans” as we say in the trade!). They include the OB (outside broadcast) director so I know what shots are coming up as I need to keep an eye on my monitor so I am not talking about something out of shot. For example if a player is down injured, it is useful to know that he is being looked at, and if it is a long injury it would be a timely moment to deliver a stat or two on the player in order to fill the time before play gets underway again.

I can also talk to “our man” in the tunnel so I am, fed info when a player is coming off, why they have come off and added time so it makes for a smoother broadcast.

My director likes to keep chatting through the game too and keeps me informed of scores from around the country, which is useful particularly on the last day of the season when places are up for grabs. All in all I can have 5 or 6 different people talking to me at once during a game and it can be tricky at times to keep focussed on them plus the game. It obviously gets easier as time passes but it was certainly confusing for the first few games.

At the end of the game I “wrap up” the commentary within about a minute of the final whistle so that Pete Abbott is clear to use the airwaves to give the final scores to the supporters in the ground. We both can’t talk at the same time!

I don’t really have too much to do after the game so am usually free to leave within 20 minutes of the final whistle, with a copy of the game on DVD (with my commentary) packed safely in my bag! I have a copy of every game that I have commentated on in the 10 years I have been doing it, and thankfully, they are on DVD now which takes up less room than the few years' worth of VHS cassettes!

Leaving the ground, I meet up with my boys and we chat in the car going home about the game. I call a couple of my friends and it is amazing how differently you see the game as a commentator than as a fan. The referee is rarely as bad as fans think (there are exceptions of course!) and it is far, far colder on the gantry than it is in the stands!

I am often asked if I “mind” not going to White Hart Lane as a regular fan, and the truth is that I love what I do. There are some games where my commentary does get a bit excitable but I tend to be forgiven for that. In fact, a few of the Club directors commented to me about the passion that “boiling over” in the commentary of the 5-1 win over Arsenal. The goals from that game were in the DVD sent to all One Hotspur Members as part of their renewal package for this current season!

So next time you are at White Hart Lane on a cold night, spare me a thought, look up to the gantry and give me a wave!

COYS


We need your support!

Fri, November 19, 2010 - 9:03, News, Administrator,

Contact Lauren for further information

Ladies and gentlemen, there's no easy way to say it, The Tottenham Tribute Trust needs your support. Translated that means, we need your financial support.

As Trustees, we are called upon to help past players when they are at their most vulnerable, their most needy and even for some, during their last few days and beyond. It can be emotionally traumatic and hugely difficult, and that is only compounded if we are unable to give the full support that we would like, purely because of financial straits.

In recent times, we have seen the passing of quite a few of our past heroes, and thankfully, if we have been called upon, we have been able to offer some support, both emotional and financial. But, we are fast reaching a point when that will be impossible, and that will be devastating.

Recently, my days were filled with phone calls from relatives of a very ill Tottenham hero. Dignity was all that they wanted for the final days of a player who helped secure the greatest of times for our club. Dignity sadly comes at a cost, and it took far more time than any of us would have liked to ensure this great man's last days were spent in the comfort he so richly deserved. Why? Simply because funds were so limited and we had to ensure we could obtain finance from other parties to cover all necessary costs. As a board we are always exploring new avenues of raising funds. Currently, we are looking to organise a dinner to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Double season. We need sponsors for the event, we need a beautiful venue and we need you to come along and support us. Can you help?

All proceeds go to help past Tottenham players - players that wore the shirt with pride and who made the club so great.

How can you help us, help them??

Contact me, Lauren for further information.


Donations

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