SpursManager: – Mauricio Pochettino

Chairman: – Daniel Levy

Owner: – ENIC International Ltd

Captain: – Younes Kaboul

Rivals: – Arsenal (North London Derby)

Tottenham Hotspur FC or simply “Spurs” was founded in the year 1882 and plays their home matches at the White Hart Lane Stadium in Tottenham, London.

Tottenham are one of the most successful English clubs in the FA Cup winning the trophy a total of 8 times. Spurs also holds the record for scoring the most number of goals in a single Premier League game, a feat they achieved in the 2009-10 season when they beat Wigan Athletic 9-1 (They jointly hold this record with Manchester United).

Early Years of Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur was founded in the year 1882 and was initially known as Hotspur FC. Spurs played their first official match in 1885 against a team called St.Albans and won 5-2.

The club turned professional in 1895 and joined the Southern League in the same year itself. In 1899 the Spurs moved to their current Stadium of White Hart Lane which was originally just a market garden.

White Hart Lane Stadium
White Hart Lane Stadium

 Tottenham won its first silverware in 1900 when they won the Southern League title. In the following year Spurs became the first non-league club to win the FA Cup. Despite their success in the FA Cup the Spurs had to wait till the 1908-09 season to get admitted to the Second Division of the Football league. In their very first season in the football league they managed to get promoted from the 2nd Division to the First Division.

The Spurs finished 15th in their first season of the 1st Division but would get relegated back to the second Division at the end of the 1914-15 season. The league was suspended temporarily for the next few years because of the First World War and in the first season post the World War the Spurs started their campaign in the Second Division.

Spurs would come back to the 1st Division by winning the 1919-20 Division Two season. In the 1920-21 season Spurs would lift their second FA Cup trophy beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 in the final. Tottenham would spend the next few years in the First Division before getting relegated in the 1928 season.

Winds of Change for Tottenham

Tottenham under the management of Arthur Rowe would get promoted back to the First Division at the end of the 1949-50 season and in their first year back to England’s top Division they would go on to win the League Championship for the first time.

Tottenham remained title contenders for the next few years finishing runners-up in the 1951-52 season after losing out to eventual champions Manchester United on goal difference.  Rowe left the club in 1955 and was replaced by his assistant Jimmy Anderson. Under Anderson the team would make another title challenge in the 1956-57 season before finishing second again behind Manchester United.

After making another top four finish next season Anderson left the club citing health related reasons. He would be replaced by long term Spurs servant Billy Nicholson. Under Nicholson the team would go on to win the FA Cup as well as the First Division title in the 1960/61 season. They followed this double with another FA Cup trophy in the 1961-62 season and a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in the 1962/63 season beating Atletico Madrid.

Spurs team from 1963
Spurs team from 1963

 Spurs won the FA Cup again in 1967 after beating Chelsea in the final. Nicholson would retire at the start of the 1974 season but not before adding a few more trophies in his bag. He won the club League Cup in the 1971 and 1973 and also the UEFA Cup in the 1971/72 season.

There were good times and then there were bad times for the Spurs

The team started to struggle after the departure of Nicholson, eventually getting relegated at the end of the 1976-77 season. Spurs wouldn’t stay out of the First Division for long though as they came back immediately the very next season.

At the start of the 80’s Spurs looked to be finding their way back to being one of English Football’s Premier Clubs by winning back to back several FA Cup trophies in the 1980/81 season, and the 1981/82 season.

Spurs would also win the UEFA Cup for the second time in their history in the 1983-84 season. The next major trophy came for Spurs almost a decade later, they came back from a goal down against Nottingham Forest to win the 1990-91 FA Cup final 2-1. This would also be their last FA Cup trophy till date.

Spurs would win only one more trophy in the 90’s – The League Cup in the 1998/99 season.

Who owns Tottenham FC?

The club was bought by ENIC Sports PLC after the 2000/01 season, the company was headed by a lifelong Spurs supporter Daniel Levy. Glen Hoodle took over as the manager of the club but was sacked soon after the start of the 2003/04 campaign. Tottenham were never regarded as a top club who would content for the European spots but made strong mid-table finishes throughout the early 2000’s.

 Daniel Levy Tottenham owner
 Daniel Levy Tottenham owner

Martin Jol was appointed as manager a few games into the 2004/05 season and it was under him that the Spurs would qualify for Europe again after finishing 5th in the 2005/06 season. They would go onto repeat the 5th place the next season as well thereby securing a UEFA Cup spot.

But a poor start to the 2007-08 season saw Jol being shown the door and Juande Ramos appointed as his replacement. Ramos led them to the League Cup Victory in 07/08 beating Chelsea in the final and this would be their last major trophy till date.

Spurs managed to achieve a top four finish in the 2009-10 season thereby securing a spot in the Champions League next season. In their first time ever Champions League the Spurs would go on to the Quarter-Finals before getting knocked-out by Real Madrid.

 

Spurs vs Arsenal 2010
Spurs vs Arsenal 2010

 Spurs would remain Top 4 contenders till date but have not been able to qualify for the Champions League after the 2009-10 season. After the 2013-2014 were they finished 6th in the table, Mauricio Pochettino was appointed as manager for the 2014-15 campaign.

The Tottenham Spurs 2014/15 Premier League Season so far

2013/14’s 6th place finish was well below what Spurs management and supporters had hoped for. They spent well over a 100 million pounds during the previous transfer window but Champions league qualification still remaines out of reach.

Spurs Captain Yonues Kaboul

Spurs Captain Yonues Kaboul

Mauricio Pochettino was lured away from Southampton before the start of this season as Spurs looked for a better captain. The Pochettino Era didn’t start according to plan as the team struggled with only 14 points from the first 10 games.

22 games into the season the team has finally started to find some rhythm to their game. They have managed to score 16 points from their last seven games and are placed 6th in the table with 37 points from 22 games (as of 23rd January,2014). Spurs are just three points behind 4th placed United and on current form they can make it to the top four.

What Spurs have to do is to be consistent, there is no use of beating Chelsea one week and then losing to Crystal Palace the next. Performances against lower ranked teams are crucial if they are to get into one of those top 4 spots.

Here is the 5-3 thriller between Tottenham and Chelsea this season:

Club Records

Top Goalscorer: – Jimmy Greaves (266)

Most Appearances: – Steve Perryman (854)

More updates including current squad and other fun facts in February Update.

Photo Usage:
Photos and videos featured on this post are used under a creative commons license, free to use and edit – Wikipedia Commons www.commons.wikimedia.org and Youtube permission to feature under its TOS.