Tottenham Hotspur – History Overview

Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur were founded in 1882 and are an English side which boasts great history and legacy. First known as Hotspur F.C., Tottenham began their life under the banner of the Southern League, before getting elected into the Football League Second Division in 1908.

Tottenham Hotspur remain to this date the only non-League club to win the FA Cup (1901) since the formation of the Football League in 1888. The London-based club collected seven more FA Cup trophies, but these accolades are only the scratch on the surface of the trophy-laden history of the Spurs. The rich history brought plenty of excitement – both good and bad – as the club went on to reach great heights and hit deep lows throughout its history.

It took Spurs only one year in the Second Division to earn relegation to the top tier – First Division – in 1909. A couple of dry years ensued and the Great War years brought plenty of problems for Tottenham Hotspur who were bottom of the First Division when football got suspended at the end of the 1914-15 season. Four years later, when football resumed, the First Division was expanded to 22 teams, which ultimately saved Tottenham from relegation, but also played great part in the formation of the bitter rivalry with Arsenal – which stands strong to this date. The Gunners earned promotion to the top tier despite finishing only 6th in the second division and the controversy surrounding it sparked and cemented one of the biggest enmities in world football during the postwar years.

Following a period of general decline and the second interruption due to the World War II, Tottenham came back stronger, winning the First Division in 1951, which was the introduction to Glory Years and the famous Bill Nicholson’s team. Nicholson lead the team to the double in 1961, the FA Cup and European Cup semi-final in 1962 and the Cup Winner’s Cup in 1963. Nicholson also added the 1971-72 UEFA Cup to Tottenham’s trophy cupboard before the glorious team started to dissolve and lead Spurs into decline and relegation.

The Spurs returned under the limelight with Burkinshaw in 1984 when the club reached UEFA Cup glory whereas the 1990s brought a spell of mixed fortunes for the club.

Current Conditions

The new millennium brought a slow start for Tottenham Hotspur and it will not be until 2005 that Tottenham Hotspur transformed themselves into general contenders and a side capable of competing with top four sides in the Premier League.

Having experimented with a couple of names on the bench in just a few years’ time Tottenham Hotspur sailed into the calm waters with club officials appointing Mauricio Pochettino as manager. The Argentine was handed a five-year contract and unreserved confidence to rebuild the squad and lead the team to new successes. The Spurs finished 5th in the Premier League in Pochettino’s first season in charge, whereas the second year saw Tottenham become the proper title challengers, fighting future champions Leicester City for the trophy. Tottenham’s title charge was ended at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea held Spurs to a 2-2 draw. Even though they ultimately lost the runners-up place to fierce rivals Arsenal, third spot in the Premier League title was Tottenham’s highest league finish since 1990, which came as enough recognition to great work Pochettino is doing with his talented squad.

Over the past few years Tottenham have earned somewhat the reputation of a growing farm with players such as Luka Modric and Gareth Bale leaving for Real Madrid as world-class stars, but Pochettino seems to have changed the course by introducing a new generation of young players such as Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier who are regarded as future stars for the club, unavailable for transfer.

Tottenham Hotspur started the year 2016 with the beginning of the construction of a new 61,000-seater stadium which is supposed to mark the beginning of a new era for the club. At you can follow the ongoing Tottenham enhanced offers.

Famous Matches & Players

One of the biggest games in Tottenham Hotspur’s history occurred in 1963, when Spurs locked horns with Spanish Atletico Madrid in a European Cup Winners’ Cup final at Feijenoord Stadion in Rotterdam.

Defending champions Atletico Madrid headed into the game with a huge favourites’ tag slapped on their back, but Tottenham beat the odds to record an impressive 5-1 victory thanks to goals by Jimmy Greaves, John White and Terry Dyson. It was the game which made Tottenham the first British team to win a major European trophy, carving their name in gold in football history books.

Another game to remember, coincidently with the same result 5-1 occurred in 2008 when Tottenham recorded their first North London Derby win since 1999. The second leg of the League Cup semi-final saw Spurs go 2-0 by half time, before adding three more in the second half for a memorable 6-2 aggregate victory. The game was a perfect introduction to the League Cup Final victory over Chelsea after extra time, winning Tottenham another trophy.

Over their long-standing history, Tottenham Hotspur promoted a great number of players who went on to write their names in history of the club. From Ben Nicholson to Keith Burkinshaw as the most prominent early-stage footballers, all the way to Jimmy Greaves, Paul Gaskoigne, Teddy Sheringham, Gary Lineker and David Ginola, Tottenham have a lengthy list of players who left an indelible mark on the club.

Gareth Bale created a legacy of his own, whereas Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane and Dele Alli are all expected to do the same.