Owner: Enic (also floated on the London Stock Exchange)
Manager: Glenn Hoddle
Division: English Premiership
Stadium: White Hart Lane, Tottenham, London (capacity 36,200)
Highest Transfer Fee Paid: Sergei Rebrov from Dinamo Kiev (£11mil)
Most League Appearances: Steve Perryman (655)
Most League Goals: Jimmy Greaves (220)
For an in-depth look at the history of Spurs please see Tottenham Hotspur: History.
And if you know your history, you'll know that it has been highs and lows,
thrills and spills, joy and pain for 118 years at Tottenham Hotspur. Legend
has it that the club was formed as Hotspur FC in 1882 and, two years later,
became Tottenham Hotspur.
The club blossomed and, after being elected into the Southern League, soon
grew too big to play at Northumberland Park and moved to an area on High Road,
eventually named White Hart Lane, in 1899. Spurs' history can be broken down
into a number of successful periods, starting with the first great side in 1901
when, as a non-league outfit, the club won the FA Cup for the first time. That
was followed by election into the Football League in 1908 and after two promotions
and a relegation, Spurs won the FA Cup again in 1921.
After a spell in the Second Division, Arthur Rowe built the first championship-wining
team at White Hart Lane in 1950. Famed for its 'push and run' style and including
Bill Nicholson and World Cup winning manager Sir Alf Ramsey, Rowe's men clinched
the crown by three points to end a 30-year wait for honours. Nicholson took
over the hot seat in October 1958 and inspired the most famous and successful
spell in the club's history.
He built one of the best sides seen in world football to clinch the First Division
championship and FA Cup double in 1960-61, the first team to do so in the modern
era. Nicholson's team, arguably Spurs' best-ever side, inspired by Danny Blanchflower
and Dave Mackay and now with goalscoring legend Jimmy Greaves on board, went
on to retain the FA Cup in 1962, win the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1963 and
the FA Cup again in 1967.
As that great side broke up, Nicholson built again. In came Gilzean, Robertson,
Jennings, Mullery and Venables and the FA Cup, two League Cups and the UEFA
Cup followed. Nicholson's departure signalled a dip in fortunes until the next
great team under the guidance of Keith Burkinshaw. With Hoddle, Ardiles and
Villa to the fore, two more FA Cups and the UEFA Cup followed between 1981-84.
Clive Allen bagged 49 goals as David Pleat's 1987 side were third in the league,
FA Cup runners-up and League Cup semi-finalists but it wasn't until 1991 that
the club tasted success again, with the Paul Gascoigne-inspired FA Cup triumph.
And so into a new millennium, with George Graham delivering the latest success
with the League Cup in 1999. Is more success around the corner? At Spurs, you
just never know.
Taken from www.spurs.co.uk in all its unbiased wonder
- UEFA Cup:
- Winners: 1972, 1984
- Runners Up: 1974
- Cup Winners Cup:
- FA Cup:
- Winners: 1901, 1921, 1961, 1962, 1967, 1981, 1982, 1991
- Runners Up: 1987
- League Cup:
- Winners: 1971, 1973, 1999
- Runners Up: 1982
- Charity Shield:
- Winners: 1921, 1951, 1961, 1962
- Runners Up: 1920, 1967, 1981, 1982, 1991
- Premier Division (formerly the First Division):
- Winners: 1951, 1961
- Runners Up: 1922, 1952, 1957, 1963
- First Division (formerly the Second Division):
- Winners: 1920, 1950
- Runners Up: 1909, 1933
A Fan's View
Although easily one of the twenty richest clubs in the world (they were ranked
10th in 1999, even above local rivals Arsenal) they have failed to live up
to their fans' expectations in recent years. Not since the sixties have Spurs
been able to mount a serious challenge for the title and year on year wallow
in mid-table. These days Spurs have been reduced to a cup side, winning the
League or FA Cup every few years or so. New hope, however, has come from the
new owner of the club, Enic, who it has been rumoured to have lined up Spurs
legend Glenn Hoddle as a possible replacement to current manager George Graham
despite his recent run of good form. Being 2001, at time of writing, is also
a good omen for the club. The old proverb goes "It's lucky for Spurs
when the year ends in 1" and there is an outside chance Tottenham may win
the FA Cup this year. League success is still a long way off though.
New hope has emerged in the form of manager Glenn Hoddle. George Graham was never liked by a hardcore of Spurs supporters for his links to hated rivals Arsenal. Glenn Hoddle, however, is not only a talented manager but has Tottenham blood running through his veins. He spent 13 years at Spurs, coming up through the youth ranks before maturing into one of the greatest midfielders of all time. Whether he can bring back the glory days is yet to be seen.
Last Updated: 29/3/01