The COVID-19 pandemic has been absolutely devastating to all kinds of industries, and no one has a monopoly on pain and suffering in this time. Everyone’s hurting in some way. It’s a time for all of us to pull together and help whenever possible.
The food and beverage industry has been among the hardest hit in this crisis — how can a pub, or bar, or restaurant stay viable when you’re either forced to close, or transition to take-out/delivery in order to survive?
Tottenham supporters’ pubs all over the United States, UK, and elsewhere are in this situation. We’re going to see if we can help in a small way. Here’s a list of the ones that we know of, and we’ll regularly update this list as we collect more. Links are to the businesses’ fundraiser pages, or just to their webpages if they remain open.
Spurs Pubs in Need of Assistance
- Seattle Spurs — The Whit’s End Neighborhood Bar
- Indianapolis Spurs — Centerpoint Brewing
- Cleveland Spurs — Old Angle Tavern
- Atlanta Spurs — Manny’s Grant Park Pub
- New York Spurs — Flannery’s Bar (T-shirt sales)
- Columbus (OH) Spurs — Endeavor Brewing & Spirits (facemask sales)
- Boston Spurs — Clery’s (t-shirt sales)
- Arlington Spurs — Irelands Four Courts
- DC Spurs — Irish Channel Pub
- Minneapolis Spurs — Part Wolf Pub
- Brooklyn Spurs — Banter
- Richmond Spurs — Penny Lane Pub
I don’t know many (any?) of the people at these clubs personally, though I’ve interacted with more than a few supporters clubs and their pubs on social media over the years. I know, however, the importance of community and togetherness at times like these, and how desperate people are during this time of crisis.
I’m not telling anyone what to do. Times are tough all over. But if you’ve got a little spare cash and want to give to a small business to help them survive, I think you could do a lot worse than help a few of these places.
You might have noticed that today is the one year anniversary of the Miracle of Amsterdam, Tottenham’s magical come-from-behind 3-2 victory at Ajax that sent them to the Champions League final. You might also remember that a year ago we made some t-shirts commemorating Lucas Moura’s winning goal, with proceeds benefitting charity.
Well, we’d like to reheat that. Those shirts are still available at breakingT (and in fact were one of their more popular offerings). We get a small commission for every t-shirt sold, and today I’m announcing that in addition to any donations you make on your own, all proceeds we earn from Miracle of Amsterdam shirts starting today will go to benefit Spurs pubs that are in danger of closing. I don’t know how much help we can do, but we’ll do what we can.
So if you never got around to purchasing a T-shirt or hoodie, there’s still time. Give directly to your favorite struggling Spurs pub, and buy a t-shirt to replace the one you’ve worn out over the course of the past year.