Team Highlight : Tottenham Hotspur F.C.

Tottenham 3-0 win over Manchester United. Photo: talksport.com

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is one of the oldest clubs that was formed that was able to conquer through time and made it till today with high prestige and honour. Commonly referred to as Tottenham or even Spurs, the club resides in Tottenham, London , making the Tottenham Hotspur stadium as their choice of home ground from April 2019, replacing their former home of White Hart Lane, which ended up being demolished to make way for the new stadium on the same site. The club is currently owned by the ENIC Group and are famous for their white shirts and navy blue shorts since the 1898-99 season. With their club’s emblem, it shows a cockerel standing on a football, with the Latin motto “ Audere est Facere” which translates to “To dare is to do” whereas the bird signifies the fighting spirit that never ever let anything fathom the team. The club currently holds a long rivalry with Arsenal, naming it the “ North London Derby”.

 

Origins of Tottenham Hotspur F.C. 

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club victorious. Photo: tottenhamhotspur.com

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club was founded in 1882, by a group of grammar-school boys from the All Hallows Church. However, the club was simply called Hotspurs but was soon changed to what we know of today as Hottenham Hotspur due to avoiding confusion with an older club named Hotspur FC. Initially, matches were only played between themselves and friendlies against other local clubs.In due time, the club had their first recorded match on 30 September 1882 against a local team by the name of the Radicals which they lost 2-0.

The team then went ahead to compete in their first cup competition in the London Association Cup, emerging victorious on 17 October 1885 against a company’s works team called St Albans. The club’s fixtures then began to gather the attention and interest of the local community and even huge fan attendances at its home matches increased. In 1892, Tottenham Hotspur played for the first time in a league, the ever short-lived Southern Alliance League.

Within a short period of time, after being admitted to the Southern League in 1895, with the huge spike in terms of crowds and popularity, the club was becoming a trophy contender. They then proceeded to acquire their first piece of silverware in 1901 by taking down Sheffield United in the FA Cup Final, thus becoming the only non-Football League side to take home the FA Cup.

Old Photo of Tottenham Hotspur on its creation and start. Photo: thereaderwiki.com

Tottenham Hotspur first turned professional on 20 December 1895 and in the following year, was admitted to Division One of the Southern League. On 2 March 1898, the club too became a limited company called the “Tottenham Hotspur Football and Athletic Company”. Frank Brettell was the first ever manager of Spurs and signed John Cameron, who took over as player-manager when Brettel left a year later. The new coach eventually went on to make a great impact on the team, winning them their first trophy, the Southern League title back in the 1899-1900 season. The following year, Tottenham Hotspurs took home the 1901 FA Cup by beating down Sheffield United 3-1 in a replay of the final, after the first game ending up being a draw of 2-2. In doing so, they have broken the barrier and became the only non-league club to achieve the feat since the formation of the Football League in 1888.

Tottenham Hotspur F.C. As of Today

Tottenham possibly to take home the trophy. Photo : talksport.com

Fast forward to today, the Spurs remains as one of the five clubs that was pushed for the founding of the Premier League, created with the approval of the Football Association, replacing the Football League First Divisions as the high regarded division of English Football. Despite the repeated success between both managers and players such as Teddy Sheringham, Jürgen Klinsmann and David Ginola, for an extensive period of time in the English Premier League until the late 2000s, the club mostly finished mid-table with just a few trophies won. The League Cup in 1999 was won under George Graham, 2008 under Juande Ramos. However the performance improved under Harry Redknapp supervision as well as fresh new players such as Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, allowing the club to finish in the top 5 in the early 2010s.

In February 2001, Sir Alan Sugar, much-vilified chairman of Tottenham Hotspur, sold over half of his stake in the Premier League football club to sports and media group ENIC Sports for £21.9m. With that, Lewis and Levy eventually own 85% of the entire club, with Levy being responsible for running the club smoothly. Mauricio Pochettino was appointed the head coach between 2014 and 2019. Between that period of time, the Spurs managed to finish second in the 2016-2017 season. In the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League, Tottenham beat Manchester City and Ajax to advance to their first ever UEFA Champions League final, becoming the third club in London to reach a UEFA Champions League Final. However, Tottenham lost the final against fellow English side Liverpool by a scoreline of 0–2. Pochettino was subsequently sacked after a poor start to the 2019-20 season and was replaced by José Mourinho.