Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, commonly known around the UK simply as Spurs are one of two major Premier League sides situated in north London.
Their rivals, Arsenal, have the greater winning history in the Premier League era but given the investment ploughed into this club in recent times and with their new stadium a major attraction, Spurs’ good times could be very close indeed.
Premier League finishing positions of 3rd, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th in the last five years and with a runner-up position in the 2019 Champions League to boast show things at the club to be in pretty good shape overall.
Tottenham Hotspur Club History
Curiously, this club was founded officially by a bunch of schoolboys who initially named it the Hotspur Football Club. It was founded in September 1882.
The club was renamed Tottenham Hotspur in 1884, moved into White Hart Lane in 1899 and was elected to the Football League in 1908. Between 1901 and 1991, Spurs won either the FA Cup or the Division One title ten times as well as taking some European titles, meaning in terms of actual trophies won their best era was now some time ago.
Despite this, the club is now a firm fixture in the Premier League’s top six for the time being at least.
Tottenham’s Famous Homes
When thinking of Tottenham home games, one now conjures up images of two very distinctly different stadiums situated almost exactly in the same geographical spot.
White Hart Lane
A grand old football ground ‘The Lane’ was Tottenham’s home from 1899 to 2017.
Latterly with a capacity of 36,200, White Hart Lane was tight and generated a terrific atmosphere and was made up of the North Stand on Paxton Road, the South Stand on Park Lane, the East Stand on Worcester Avenue and the West Stand on High Road.
It became clear that White Hart Lane needed to be replaced, and so from 2016 onwards, the club began building a new stadium at the same location with at one stage parts of the new facility already evident outside of the old ground.
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
When Spurs moved out of White Hart Lane in 2017 it was to allow this stadium to be built. They moved in eventually in 2019 and can now host matches with up to 62,000 people present.
Influential Tottenham Figures
Both neutral supporters and Spurs fanatics will always argue over what makes a great player at a specific club, but you’d be hard-pressed not to include certain players among any “greatest ever” list at Tottenham.
Those such as Dimitar Berbatov, Harry Kane, Jurgen Klinsmann, Pat Jennings, Ricky Villa, Martin Chivers, Ossie Ardiles, Ledley King, Cliff Jones, Danny Blanchflower, Paul Gascoigne, Jimmy Greaves, Glenn Hoddle, Dave Mackay and Gary Lineker have done some wonderful things at and for Spurs and would deserve to be called club legends.
Other than Kane, those to have made the biggest difference over recent seasons as Spurs have done well in England and in Europe include:
- Hugo Lloris,
- Kyle Walker,
- Christian Eriksen,
- Dele Alli,
- Son Heung-min,
- Kieran Trippier,
- Harry Winks and
- Lucas Moura.
As for the club’s most notorious managers, Bill Nicholson, Peter McWilliam, John Cameron, Mauricio Pochettino, Arthur Rowe, Percy Smith, Harry Redknapp and Peter Shreeves also made their mark on the club for sure.
Spurs’ Club Honours
In recent seasons, the aforementioned 2nd and 3rd placed Premier League finishes and the final defeat in the Champions League have been as good as it has got for Spurs, but in years gone by they were genuine champions.
First Division winners and therefore English champions in both 1951 and 1961, Tottenham have shown themselves capable of mixing it with the very best.
While league success has been rare, Tottenham’s major strength has come in England’s cup competitions. Spurs have lifted the FA Cup no less than eight times, in 1901, 1921, 1961, 1962, 1967, 1981, 1982 and 1991.
They also have four League Cup successes; 1971, 1973, 1999 and 2008.
In Europe, Spurs have been a force too. The club managed to win the 1963 Cup Winners’ Cup when beating Atletico Madrid 5-1 in Rotterdam while they also took the UEFA Cup twice, once via a 3-2 aggregate win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1972 and again in 1984 when they beat Anderlecht on penalties.
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