Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur football club, nicknamed Spurs or The Lilywhites, was originally founded in 1882 as Hotspur FC. It is one of the oldest and most glamorous clubs in the English football.

For the vast majority of their history they have played their football at White Hart Lane which was opened in 1899. The capacity of the stadium is 36,284.

But as of season 2018/2019 season they will be moving to a new, purpose built stadium which will hold 61,000 spectators and be located right next to the old ground.

Tottenham is owned by ENIC International and the chairman is Daniel Levy.

Tottenham have always been one of the more glamourous clubs in the country and have won the league title on two occasions in 1950/51 and 1960/61. Possibly the greatest Tottenham vintage won the league and cup double in 1960/61 and successfully held on to the FA Cup trophy for the following season.

A year later Tottenham became the first English team to win a European competition when they took the European Cup Winners Cup.

They hammered Atletico Madrid 5-1 on the final in Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam with two goals from club legend Jimmy Greaves to cap a fine individual performance.

Tottenham’s European successes didn’t end there. They went on to triumph twice in the UEFA Cup, now known as the Europa League.

In the 1971/72 season they beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 in a thrilling two-legged tie. Tottenham eventually won the match with goals from Chivers and Mullery.

And they followed up that success over a decade later in an even more hair-raising encounter as they defeated Anderlecht 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw on aggregate after two gruelling games at home and away.

Tottenham have won the league cup on four occasions and the FA Cup eight times. Their most recent trophy was the 2007/8 league cup in which they defeated Chelsea 2-1 in a thrilling final at Wembley.

But their most successful periods came between the 1960s-1980s and they haven’t been able to replicate their achievements with any regularity since.

They did come close to winning the league in 1987 when stinker Clive Allen scored 49 goals in all competitions but they had a backlog of games due to their involvement in so many competitions and couldn’t turn games in hand into points towards the end of the season.

But Spurs have enjoyed a serious resurgence in recent times. Harry Redknapp took the team to the Champions League in 2010 and that success has been cemented with the advent of Argentinian Mauricio Pochettino who joined the club as head coach in 2014. The former centre back transformed Tottenham from glamorous also rans to serial title contenders with a hard running and highly athletic team which continues to evolve beautifully.

The likes of English duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli have come to the fore in the attacking areas and drawn admiring glances from some of the biggest sides in Europe.

If Tottenham manage to hold on to these superb youngsters the future continues to look very bright indeed.

Tottenham have had some super players through their history, not least the aformentioned Kane and Alli.

But perhaps the most famous player in Tottenham’s history is Jimmy Greaves. The phenomenal striker simply couldn’t stop scoring and hit 266 goals in 381 games for Tottenham in a highly successful period for the club between 1961-1970. Greaves then moved on to West Ham and other smaller clubs.

In modern times the name that comes to mind when we talk about Tottenham greats is Gareth Bale. The Welsh wizard started out as an injury prone left back but soon developed into a galloping winger who was increasingly unplayable.

He moved to Real Madrid in 2013 for a then world record fee in the region of 86m GBP. Bale went on to enjoy substantial success in Spain.

Steve Perryman is their record appearance holder to date with 613 games followed by another hero from the 1980s, Gary Mabbutt, who managed 477 games for Spurs.

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