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Inside Lane: A tribute to Darren Alexander

11:58 13 March 2014

Darren Alexander

Darren Alexander

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Darren Alexander, the joint chairman of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust, sadly passed away last Friday aged 42.

Over the past 12 months, the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust has undergone a remarkable renaissance. After years of silence, it’s found its voice again - and that was down to the vision and dedication of one man, Darren Alexander.

A passionate campaigner for supporters’ rights, Darren firmly believed the game belonged to those who passed through the turnstiles each weekend and often stated that owners, managers and players came and went, with fans the only constant.

The continuing gentrification of our national game and the increasing disconnect between clubs and fans was of great concern, as it is to many.

The difference was that Darren was prepared to dedicate every moment of his spare time to campaign in a voluntary capacity for the good of his fellow fans.

Since 2004, Darren had been involved with the trust movement and became joint chairman of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust in February 2013.

Here, Darren set about establishing a relevant organisation capable of lobbying on a range of issues, as a solo trust or as part of a coalition with other fan groups. The strides taken in the short space of a year are testament to his passion, drive and dedication.

Outside of the trust, Darren was a familiar face to all regular Tottenham match-goers, holding a home season ticket since 1989 and an away season ticket for over a decade.

His larger than life personality, his wit, his humour and his ability to compose songs and chants meant he was a well-known and much-loved member of the Spurs fanbase.

Sitting with Darren at any match would be an experience. If he didn’t impress with his unrivalled knowledge of Spurs and the game itself, his ability to repeatedly start the entire stand singing would.

He radiated generosity, sincerity, warmth, fun and enthusiasm and touched the lives of all those fortunate enough to have been in his company.

The tributes paid since his death last Friday from Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, the Football Supporters Federation, Supporters Direct, the Premier League and fellow trusts including Arsenal, Chelsea, Cardiff, Reading, Birmingham, Coventry, Spirit of Shankly and, above all, fellow Spurs fans illustrates the respect and affection in which he was held by so many.

His loss will be sorely felt by all connected with THFC, THST and the wider trust movement.

Rest in peace, Darren.

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