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Excellant value and good quality Excellant book I'm sure my granddaughter will love it,website was easy to use and plenty of selection to choose from. A Romance of Football: The History of the Tottenham Hotspur F. Club lore states that the boys gathered one night under a lamp post along Tottenham High Road around yards from the now-demolished White Hart Lane ground below the junction with Park Lane , and agreed to form a football club. As with the cricket club, it was chosen in honour of Sir Henry Percy better known as Harry Hotspur, the rebel of Shakespeare's Henry IV, part 1 , whose Northumberland family once owned land in the area including Northumberland Park in Tottenham.

In the beginning, the boys would hold meetings under lamp posts in Northumberland Park or in half-built houses on adjoining Willoughby Lane in Tottenham. In August , the boys sought help with the club from John Ripsher, the warden of Tottenham YMCA and Bible class teacher at All Hallows Church , who readily agreed and became the first president of the club and its treasurer. Ripsher, who stayed as president until , would become an important early figure who helped and supported the boys, reorganised as well as establishing the ethos of the club.

The boys played their early matches on public ground at Tottenham Marshes , where they needed to mark out and prepare their own pitch and on occasions had to defend against other teams who might try to take over their pitch. The first match recorded by the new club was on 30 September against a local team named the Radicals, a game Hotspur lost 2—0. It was attended by spectators, and Spurs won 5—2. The matches of the club began to attract the interest of the local community and the number of spectators grew to four thousand within a few years.

As their matches were played on public land, no admission fees could be charged for spectators, therefore the matches generated no gate receipts. In , Tottenham moved their home fixtures from the Tottenham Marshes to Northumberland Park, where the club rented an enclosed ground and was able to charge for spectator admission. The first match on the ground was in October , a reserve match that yielded gate receipts of 17 shillings.

By the early s, a cup tie may have a few thousand paying spectators. In the beginning, Spurs played in navy-blue shirts with a letter H on a scarlet shield with on the left breast. The club colours were changed in to light blue and white halved jerseys and white shorts, which was inspired by watching Blackburn Rovers win the FA Cup at the Kennington Oval in , before returning to the original dark blue shirts for the —90 season.

From to , the club had red shirts and blue shorts, this was changed in to chocolate brown and gold narrow striped shirts and dark blue shorts. In October , the club became unwittingly involved in a controversy known as the 'Payne Boots Affair'. A reserve player from Fulham , Ernie Payne, agreed to play for Spurs but arrived without any kit as it had apparently been stolen at Fulham.

As no suitable boots could be found, the club gave him 10 shillings to buy his boots. Fulham then complained to the London Football Association that Tottenham had poached their player and were guilty of professionalism having breached amateur rules. On the latter charge, the London Football Association found Tottenham guilty as the payment for the boots was judged an 'unfair inducement' to attract the player to the club. Invitations to play games from other clubs increased and attendance at its matches rose. With an increasing number of teams to play against, the quality of Spurs' opposition also improved.

To compete against better teams, the club committee led by the second president of the club John Oliver agreed that the amateur club should become professional. Robert Buckle made the proposal at a meeting on 16 December , which was accepted after a vote, and the club turned professional on 20 December An attempt to join the Football League failed, but they were admitted to the Division One of Southern League in the summer of , and later the also the United League.

On 2 March , to raise funds for the club and limit the personal liability of its members, the club decided to become a limited company, the Tottenham Hotspur Football and Athletic Company. Soon after the club became a limited company, on 14 March , Frank Brettell was appointed the first manager of Spurs. Brettell left for Portsmouth in February the following year, and Cameron then took over as player-manager. Cameron would have a considerable impact on Spurs, winning the club its first title and in particular the FA Cup in It was attended by a record crowd of 14,, and the refreshment stand collapsed when fans climbed up onto its roof in the overcrowded ground, prompting the club to start looking for a new ground.

In , the club moved a short distance to a piece of land behind the White Hart pub. The club initially leased the ground from Charringtons, but development of the ground was restricted by the terms of the lease. The ground was never officially named, but it would become popularly known as White Hart Lane, also the name of a local thoroughfare. After the win, the club was dubbed "Flower of the South" by the press.

The final was played at Crystal Palace against Sheffield United , and was attended by , spectators, then the largest crowd ever for a football match. The win also started a trend for success for Spurs in years ending in a one, with further FA Cup wins in , , and , the League Cup in , the league in , and in , which is the double winning year.

Following the cup win, Spurs failed to repeat the success in the next few seasons but were runners-up in the Southern League twice, and was won the London League in the —03 season and the Western League in the —04 season. Cameron left on 13 March , [50] and was replaced by Fred Kirkham in April Billy Minter was signed in the —08 season, and he would become the first player to score goals for the club in In , Tottenham made an attempt to join the Football League but failed.

Stoke then resigned from the league for financial reasons, and in their place, Tottenham won election to the Second Division of the Football League for the — Before the start of the next season, Woodward decided he wanted to leave, and later joined Chelsea. Spurs struggled in their first year in the First Division, but avoided relegation when they beat Chelsea in the last game of the season with goals from Billy Minter and a former Chelsea player Percy Humphreys , sending Chelsea down instead.

After the club was elected to the Football League, the club started an ambitious plan to redevelop White Hart Lane, beginning in with the construction of the West Stand designed by Archibald Leitch. The North and South stands were built in the early s, and the East Stand completed in , with the finished stadium boasting a capacity of nearly 80, The cockerel was adopted as an emblem as Harry Hotspur, after whom the club was named, was said to be fond of cock-fighting. In late , Peter McWilliam was appointed manager. He would become a significant and popular figure in the club, managing the team in two separate periods, both interrupted by world wars.

During the war years, White Hart Lane was taken over by the government and turned into a factory for making gas masks, gunnery and protection equipment. When football resumed in , the First Division was expanded from 20 to 22 teams. The Football League extended one of the additional places to 19th-place Chelsea who would have been relegated with Spurs for the —16 season and the other to Arsenal instead of Spurs. This promotion—Arsenal had finished only sixth in Division 2 the previous season—was controversial, and cemented a bitter rivalry that continues to this day.

In the first season after the war, McWilliam took Tottenham straight back to Division One when they became Division Two Champions of the —20 season. Two players signed this season, Jimmy Dimmock and Jimmy Seed , would become crucial members of the team together with Grimsdell. It was in that Spurs players started to wear the cockerel emblem on their shirts after they won the FA Cup. At McWilliam's instigation, a nursery club was established at Northfleet , an arrangement that lasted from the early s until the Second World War.

In their second season in Division One, Spurs finishing second to Liverpool in the League in , their first serious challenge for the league title. After the success of the two post-war seasons, Spurs only managed to finish mid-table in the next five. The team had begun to deteriorate and new signings such as Jack Elkes and Frank Osborne could not overcome weakness in other positions.

Minter's first full season in charge, however, saw Spurs unexpectedly relegated at the end of the —28 season. One reason for the relegation may be the sale of Jimmy Seed whose place in the team was taken by a younger Taffy O'Callaghan to Sheffield Wednesday that looked certain to be relegated at the bottom of Division One. Seed not only helped Wednesday escape relegation, in the process beating Tottenham twice and also landing Tottenham in relegation trouble.

Furthermore, he led Wednesday to the League Championship title the next two years. Minter struggled to return Spurs to the top flight despite signing Ted Harper , a prolific goalscorer in the few years he was at the club, in February Percy Smith took over as manager at the start of , and he strengthened the team with imported and home-grown talents such as George Hunt , Willie Hall and Arthur Rowe. The team, nicknamed the "Greyhounds", raced up the Second Division from near the bottom of the table in the —33 season , and won promotion after finishing second to Stoke City.

Smith then resigned, claiming that the club's directors had interfered with his team selection. Tresadern failed to lift the club out of Second Division with players such as Johnny Morrison , and his decision to sell fan's favourite George Hunt to rival Arsenal as well as Taffy O'Callaghan also made him unpopular, and he left in April Peter McWilliam was brought back as manager, and tried to rebuild the team by promoting young players from Northfleet such as Nicholson, Burgess and Ditchburn, but his second stint at the club was again interrupted by world war.

Despite Tottenham's lack of success in this period, 75, spectators still squeezed into White Hart Lane in March in a cup tie against Sunderland —the club's highest ever gate until it was surpassed in when over 85, attended the —17 UEFA Champions League home match against Monaco held at Wembley Stadium. On 3 September , Neville Chamberlain declared war , and League football was abandoned with only 3 games played.

Nevertheless, matches continued to be arranged and played during the Second World War. After a reorganisation in , they also competed in the Football League South. Due to the difficult wartime conditions, Spurs along with other London clubs refused to travel long distance for the matches drawn up by the Football League and decided to run their own competitions: They 11 London clubs and 5 other clubs from the south were temporarily expelled from the Football League; after paying a fine they were readmitted but they would play in the Football League South in the way the London clubs had suggested.

After the war ended, McWilliam decided he was too old to return to the club, and Joe Hulme was then appointed manager of Tottenham. Hulme failed to win promotion for the club, although Spurs managed to stay in the top half of Second Division in the three seasons he was manager, [83] and they also reached the semifinal of the FA Cup in Football was very popular in the post-war era, and although in the three post-war seasons where Spurs languished in the Second Division, some games still drew large crowds particularly for cup ties.

He inherited the squad assembled by Hulme except for the one crucial signing he made when he took over, and that was Alf Ramsey. He started his tenure as a Spurs manager in the —50 season with a 4—1 victory at Brentford , the beginning of an unbeaten run of 23 League and Cup games between 27 August to 14 January The team secured promotion with 6 games yet to play, and won the Second Division convincingly by 9 points, elevating them back into the top flight.

After a shaky start to their —51 season when they were trounced 4—1 at home by the Blackpool side of Stanley Matthews , Tottenham got into their stride and hit a purple patch of eight consecutive wins in October and November. They finished the season ahead of Manchester United by three points, having won their First Division Championship title in the second last game of the season by beating Sheffield Wednesday. This would be Tottenham's first ever League title, [90] and some would consider the team that won it the best in Tottenham's history.

The tactical style of play developed by Rowe that was successful in his early years as manager is known as " push and run ". Rowe credited McWilliam for learning to play a quick passing style of game. Keeping to Rowe's maxim of "make it simple, make it quick", the method proved an effective way to move the ball at pace with players' positions and responsibility being totally fluid.

It became an attractive fast-moving attacking style of play would become known to Tottenham's fans as the Spurs Way, a style of play that would be adjusted and perfected in the later period under Bill Nicholson.

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Danny Blanchflower, [94]. They finished second in the —52 season as a young Manchester United team beat them to the title. A bad winter, and the terrible state of the White Hart Lane pitch contributed to this as the "push and run" style of play requires a good firm surface to play effectively. The following years were in a period of decline, as great players aged but younger players such as Tony Marchi and Tommy Harmer were not yet experienced enough, and with injuries and other teams adapting to Spurs' revolutionary style of play, it meant a struggle for the once-dominant team.

The "Push and Run" team which was also breaking up, with players such as Medley, Willis, Bennett and Burgess left to join other teams while Nicholson moved into coaching. By this stage, Rowe's health had declined due to stress from managing the team; he suffered a breakdown in and resigned after falling ill again in April Rowe's assistant and long-time club servant Jimmy Anderson then took over as manager. The season ended with Spurs in the lower half of the table. With Bill Nicholson working as a coach, the club experienced a revival in the —57 season , finishing in second place albeit eight points behind the winners, the " Busby Babes " of Manchester United.

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Tottenham also fared well in the following season , finishing third. In October , with the pressure of a poor start to the season and failing health, Anderson resigned, to be replaced by Bill Nicholson. He would become the most successful Spurs manager, guiding Tottenham to major trophy success three seasons in a row in the early s: In his first game as manager on 11 October , Spurs beat Everton 10—4, their then record win.


In the following —60 season , Spurs improved to third place in the league, two points behind the champion Burnley. They also beat Crewe Alexandra 13—2 in the —60 FA Cup , the highest scoring FA cup tie of the 20th Century, and it still remains the club record win.

The —61 season started with a 2—0 home win against Everton, the beginning of a run of 11 wins. In this season, only 17 players were used in all 49 league and cup games. Spurs met Leicester City in the FA Cup Final and won 2—0, helped in part by Leicester being effectively reduced to 10 men due to injury no substitution was allowed at that time. Spurs became the first team in England to win the Double in the 20th century, and the first since Aston Villa achieved the feat in Tottenham competed for the first time in a European competition in the —62 European Cup.

After the match, the Polish press described Spurs players as "no angels", in response, in the return leg at White Hart Lane, some Spurs fans dressed up as angels holding placards with slogans such as 'Glory be to shining White Hart Lane'. Spurs won 8—1, and the fans started to sing the refrains of " Glory Glory Hallelujah ", which became an anthem for Tottenham from that night onwards.

Greaves would become the top goal scorer for Tottenham with league goals, as well as the most prolific scorer ever in the top tier of English football. With this win, Tottenham became the first British team to win a European trophy. By , the Double-winning side began to break up due to age, injuries and transfers. Captain Danny Blanchflower hung up his boots that spring at the age of 38, troubled by a knee injury, while Dave Mackay was sidelined for a long period with his leg broken twice—the first occurred during Spurs' defence of the Cup Winners' Cup against Manchester United, resulting in the men Spurs being eliminated from the competition.

In the late 60s and early 70s, another group of players arrived to further revitalise the team— Martin Chivers , Steve Perryman , Martin Peters and Ralph Coates. Steve Perryman would become Spurs' longest-serving player. In total Nicholson had won eight major trophies in 16 years and his spell in charge was the most successful period in the club's history. Although Tottenham managed to reach four cup finals in 4 years and winning three of them from to , the team were in decline as Nicholson was unable to sign the players he wanted, in part because of his refusal to meet the demands for under-the-counter payments.

Nicholson resigned after a poor start to the —75 season and a 4—0 loss to Middlesbrough in the League Cup. Nicholson's tenure ended in acrimony; Nicholson sought to be succeeded by Danny Blanchflower as manager and Johnny Giles as player-coach, but the chairman Sidney Wale was angered by Nicholson contacting the pair without informing him first. Terry Neill was appointed manager by the board, and Spurs narrowly avoided relegation at the end of — Spurs performed better the following season, in which Glenn Hoddle played his first game for the club.

Neill, a former Arsenal player, was never accepted by the fans, and he left to manage Arsenal in the summer of to be replaced by his assistant Keith Burkinshaw he took on the previous year. In Burkinshaw's first year as manager in the —77 season, Tottenham slipped out of the First Division after 27 years in the top flight. Many of the early 70s Cup-winning team had by now left or retired. Jennings played on for another eight years for Spurs' rivals.

Despite relegation, the board kept faith with Burkinshaw and the team immediately won promotion to the top flight, although it took until the final league game to be promoted. A sudden loss of form at the end of the —78 season meant the club needed a point in the last game at Southampton. To Tottenham's great relief, the game ended 0—0 and Spurs returned to the first division.

A memorable game early in the season came at home to Bristol Rovers , when Spurs won 9—0, with four of their goals coming from debutant striker Colin Lee. The glut of goals would prove significant later on as Tottenham won promotion through goal difference.

Spurs opened the s on a high by reaching the th FA Cup Final in against Manchester City , and won the replay 3—2 in a match notable for the winning goal from Ricardo Villa. Although they were also in contention for three other trophies that season, they finished fourth in the First Division, lost to Liverpool in the League Cup final in extra time, while Barcelona won at home in the Cup Winners' Cup semis after a 1—1 draw at White Hart Lane.

The club began a new phase of redevelopment at White Hart Lane in The West Stand was demolished and a new stand opened in Together with the help of Paul Bobroff, he took control of the club in December In , a new holding company, Tottenham Hotspur plc, was formed with the football club ran as a subsidiary of the company. It refers to the Frank Sinatra's song " There Used to Be a Ballpark ", and it is generally taken to be a comment on the commercialization of football.

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In , Spurs won the UEFA Cup after beating Anderlecht on penalties in the final , the third of the major trophies won by the club under Burkinshaw in the s. Several weeks before this victory, Burkinshaw announced that he would be leaving at the end of that season, after disagreements with the directors and becoming disenchanted with the club.

Burkinshaw was succeeded as manager by his assistant Peter Shreeves in June According to Scholar, Aberdeen manager Alex Ferguson , who would manage Manchester United two years later, had reneged on an agreement to take over. Their final position of third place in the league should have booked them a UEFA Cup place, but the Heysel disaster on 29 May , which saw 39 spectators crushed to death when Liverpool fans rioted at the European Cup Final , resulted in all English clubs being banned from European competitions and Tottenham was out of the following UEFA Cup competition.

Luton Town manager David Pleat was appointed the new manager following Shreeves' dismissal. For much of —87 , Spurs played with a five-man midfield: The lone striker Clive Allen scored 49 goals in all competitions that season, still a club record. In the League Cup, Tottenham lost to eventual competition winners Arsenal in the semi-final.

The close season of saw the sale of Glenn Hoddle to Monaco after a decade as the driving force in Tottenham's midfield. In October , Pleat quit the club following allegations about his private life. He was succeeded by former player Terry Venables , who had by then built up an impressive managerial record. However, the Spurs side that he inherited with a quarter of the —88 season played was struggling in the league. Veteran goalkeeper Ray Clemence had to retire after suffering an Achilles tendon injury earlier in the season, [] and new signings by Venables such as Terry Fenwick and Paul Walsh failed to lift the team.

Striker Clive Allen was also less prolific in attack during the season, and he was sold to French club Bordeaux in March Spurs began the —91 season unbeaten in ten games, but failed to rediscover their earlier league form in the second half of the season, eventually finishing tenth in the final table. A notable match is their 3—1 win over Arsenal in the semi-final, which features a yard free kick from Paul Gascoigne that is considered to be one of the best goals ever seen in the competition.

Gascoigne was a transfer target for Italian club Lazio , but his knee injury aggravated later in a nightclub incident meant that he would miss the —92 season , and his transfer to Lazio was put on hold. In the —92 season , Venables became chief executive, with Shreeves again taking charge of first-team duties. However, during the summer of , Venables decided to return to manage the first team; Shreeves was sacked, and a European style of management was instituted with Doug Livermore the head coach and Clemence the assistant.

Spurs were one of the five clubs that pushed for the founding of Premier League , created with the approval of The Football Association to replace the Football League First Division as the highest division of English football. The departure of Venables saw Tottenham return to a conventional management setup after two seasons of a two-tier structure.

Taking charge of the first team was former player Osvaldo Ardiles. In the —94 season , Sheringham was injured in October , which impacted on Spurs' performance and relegation became a real possibility. By this period, Spurs had come under investigation for financial irregularities alleged to have taken place in the s while Irving Scholar was chairman, and in June the club was found guilty of making illegal payments to players.

They received the heaviest punishment ever dished out to an English club: Ardiles was replaced by Gerry Francis , who alleviated relegation fears and oversaw the club's climb to seventh place in the league, just missing out on a —96 UEFA Cup place. Despite his transfer dealings, he failed to deliver European qualification or higher, as Spurs finished eighth in and tenth in In November , Francis decided to resign after Spurs were crushed 4—0 by Liverpool.

Christian Gross , coach of Swiss champions Grasshoppers , was appointed as successor to Francis. Gross failed to turn around the club's fortunes in the —98 season , and the team battled against the drop for the remainder of the campaign. Klinsmann returned to Spurs in December on loan, and four goals in a 6—2 win away to Wimbledon in the penultimate game of the season was enough to secure survival. White Hart Lane was converted into an all-seater stadium in the s, and the South stand was rebuilt and a new tier added to the North Stand, leaving the stadium with a capacity of around 36, After losing two of the first three games of the —99 season , Gross was sacked, and former Arsenal manager George Graham was hired to take over.

In the final against Leicester City at Wembley Stadium , full-back Justin Edinburgh was sent off after an altercation with Robbie Savage , but the ten-men Spurs secured a dramatic victory through Allan Nielsen 's diving header in the 93rd minute of the game.

The club finished mid-table the following year. Rebrov, however, was not a success at White Hart Lane, managing just ten goals over the next four seasons. In late , Sugar decided to sell his share holding in the club, [] a decision he blamed on the hostility of fans towards him and his family, [] and stepped down as chairman in February Team management passed to former Tottenham player Glenn Hoddle , who took over in the final weeks of the —01 season from caretaker manager David Pleat. His first game, however, was a defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final.

Season —02 saw Spurs finish in ninth place, as well as reaching the League Cup final , where they lost to Blackburn, having been the favourites after their 5—1 annihilation of Chelsea in the previous round. Several players publicly criticised Hoddle's management and communication skills.

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In the following —04 season , Spurs started the season poorly, gaining only 4 points out of 6 games. With Spurs struggling third from bottom at the table, Hoddle was sacked by Levy, and David Pleat again took over as caretaker manager. During the —06 season , Spurs spent six months in the top four. Going into the final game of the season, they led rivals Arsenal by a point, but were defeated in their final match—away to West Ham—after many players including Keane and Carrick succumbed to food poisoning from a meal they had the night before.

In —07 , they finished fifth for the second-straight year. In the —08 season , a bad start to the season with only one win in ten League matches, their worst start in 19 years, would lead to Martin Jol being sacked, with Jol learning of his sacking just before a Uefa Cup game on 25 October