Founded from humble beginnings in 1882 by a group of boys from Hotspur cricket club and the local grammar school, Tottenham Hotspur is one of the most famous football clubs in the world.
With its unique name, a succession of ‘firsts’ throughout its history and a reputation for playing the game with flair and flamboyance, Spurs have always been one of the forerunners in English football.
After moving to White Hart Lane in 1899, Spurs shocked the footballing world two years later when they won the FA Cup despite being a non-league club, the first and only time this feat has been achieved. They secured entry to the Football League in 1908, winning the Second Division at the first attempt to ensure a first-ever season of top-flight football in 1909-10.
Further FA Cup success followed in 1921, before Spurs were crowned Football League champions for the first time in 1950-51. Ten years later, led by Bill Nicholson - the most successful manager in their history – they won the Football League and FA Cup ‘Double’, the first club to do so in the modern era.
For the following two decades, Spurs enjoyed great success. They became the first British club to win a major European trophy when they beat Atletico Madrid to lift the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1963, added two more FA Cups in 1962 and 1967, won the Football League Cup in 1971 and 1973 and the UEFA Cup in 1972.
In 1981, Spurs won the FA Cup for a sixth time and, in their 100th year anniversary in 1982, they retained the trophy. Two years later, more Euro glory followed with a UEFA Cup triumph over Anderlecht at White Hart Lane, before they lifted the FA Cup once again in 1991.
Spurs were founder members of the Premier League in 1992 – and are one of six teams who have never been relegated from the division – while League Cup successes followed in 1999 and 2008 to take their overall trophy haul to 17.
The club is well supported throughout the globe, with over 160 Official Supporters’ Clubs worldwide, from Australia to Azerbaijan and the USA to Swaziland. Back in London and with a season ticket waiting list of more than 60,000, it is no surprise that White Hart Lane is packed out for every home game, while Champions League matches at Wembley Stadium during season 2016/17 have exceeded attendances of 85,000 - an English club record figure. As a result, a stunning new 61,000-seater stadium is currently being built on the site of the club’s current ground, delivering a major new landmark for Tottenham and London.