Tottenham Hotspur, or Tottenham, or more commonly known as Spurs, are based in London. Spurs were founded in 1882 by school boys from Hotspur Cricket Club as they wanted to play a sport during the winter. They are one of the top clubs in English football. They play fluid and confident football to be admired and are now a club that competes strongly in the Champions League. Spurs have been crowned League champions on two occasions, followed up by eight domestic cup wins. Mauricio Pochettino is one of the best managers in the world and finished second in the league in 2016/17, highlighting their intent to become one of the top clubs in the world. Although they currently play at England’s home ground of Wembley, they are currently in the process of building a new stadium, which is looking as it could be one of the best and most impressive stadiums in the world.
Originally known as Hotspur, a wrongly-delivered letter, meant for another London team called London Hotspur, resulted in the team adopted the name Tottenham to avoid more confusion. As the club turned professional in 1895 they were admitted to division one of the Southern League in 1896, and won their first trophy in 1900 when they lifted the Southern League title. The club made history the next year by becoming the first non-league outfit to win the FA Cup since the start of the Football League in 1888. After winning promotion to the top flight in 1909, they finished second in their first season as a top-flight club and remained there until the 1927-28 season.
Tottenham spent most of the 1930s and ‘40s teetering in the Second Division, with only a couple of forays back into the top flight during the 1933-34 & 1934-35 seasons. It wasn't until towards the end of the 1940's that the club got themselves back into the top division, which was largely thanks to the manager of the time Arthur Rowe who had been a player for the team himself in the past. The most successful period in the club's history came to be known as “the Glory Years”, this occurred when Bill Nicholson became manager in 1958 and guided the team to trophy triumph three seasons in a row. They obtained the Double in 1961, the FA Cup in ‘62 and the Cup Winners’ Cup in ‘63, making them the first English team to win a European trophy. Nicholson, known to be Spurs’ best manager ever, signed Jimmy Greaves during his tenure, who still holds the record for being the most prolific goal scorer in the history of the top flight.
Tottenham added yet another European trophy to their cabinet after winning the UEFA Cup in 1971-72, but saw a period of decline, leading them to be relegated at the end of the 1976-77 season. They were the first team to sign foreign player as they recruited Argentines Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricardo Villa, helping them bounce back to the top flight. During the 1980s, the club began a new phase of re-development at White Hart Lane, their home ground. During this period, debt at the club led to a change in the boardroom, as future manager Terry Venables teamed up with Lord Alan Sugar in 1991 to take control of the club, which was already a business enterprise. During this exciting time, top players such as Paul Gascoigne and Gary Lineker joined the club as they went on to win the FA Cup for the eighth time.
Sugar then sold his shares to Joe Lewis and Daniel Levy in 2001, who know own 85% of the club. Spurs pushed for a high league finish in the early 2000s, but never achieved anything until late 2000s when they brought in players fit to challenge for the top places in the league as well as winning the League cup in 2008 under Juande Ramos. In 2009, star player, Gareth Bale was bursting onto the scene, which led to a world record transfer to Real Madrid for £85m in 2013. Whilst Spurs splashed the cash on effectively a new squad, most practically flopped and they turned to youth. They signed former Southampton loanee, Toby Alderweireld and Dele Alli from MK Dons, building a solid, fluid, and competitive team. However, striker Harry Kane is a player who came up through Tottenham’s youth system, and since he solidified his place in the squad in 2014/15, has gone on to show he is one of the best strikers in the world.
In a bid to show how competitive Spurs were becoming, the board decided that a new stadium should be built, leading to fans saying goodbye to White Hart Lane in 2017. Whilst their new stadium was under construction, Spurs played their home matches at Wembley, which is fitting for the stars they have in their squad such as Kane and Alli. They are now challenging in Europe and in the league, as well as play some of the most attractive football in England. They invest well in their squad and with Mauricio Pochettino in the driving seat, seems to get the best out of place who aren’t necessarily regarded as ‘world class’. It is an exciting time to be a Spurs fan.