Nicknames: City, Spurs, Spuds, The Lilywhites

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club ] commonly referred to as Spurs, is an English football club located inTottenham, London, that plays in the Premier League.

The club’s home stadium is White Hart Lane. Its newly developed training ground is in Bulls Cross on the northern borders of the London Borough of Enfield.

Founded in 1882, Tottenham won the FA Cup for the first time in 1901, making it the only non-League club to do so since the formation of the Football League. Tottenham was the first club in the 20th century to achieve the League and FA Cup Double, winning both competitions in the 1960–61 season. After successfully defending the FA Cup in 1962, in 1963 it became the first British club to win a UEFA club competition – the European Cup Winners’ Cup.

In 1967 it won the FA Cup for a third time in the 1960s. In the 1970s Tottenham won the League Cup on two occasions and was the inaugural winner of the UEFA Cup in 1972, becoming the first British club to win two different major European trophies. In the 1980s Spurs won several trophies: the FA Cup twice, FA Community Shield and the UEFA Cup in 1984. In the 1990s the club won the FA Cup and the League Cup. When it won the League Cup once more in 2008, it meant that it had won a major trophy in each of the last six decades – an achievement only matched by Manchester United.

Club Crest

Since the 1921 FA Cup final the Tottenham Hotspur crest has featured a cockerel. Harry Hotspur (from whom the club is said to have taken its name) wore riding spurs and his fighting cocks were fitted with spurs which can be seen in the crests. In 1909 a former player named William James Scott made a bronze cast of a cockerel standing on a football to be placed on top of the West Stand and since then the cockerel and ball have been the major part of the club’s identity.

Between 1956 and 2006 Spurs used a faux heraldic shield featuring a number of local landmarks and associations. The lions flanking the shield came from the Northumberland family (of which Harry Hotspur was a member). The castle is Bruce Castle, 400 yards from the ground and the trees are the Seven Sisters. The arms featured the Latin mottoAudere Est Facere (to dare is to do).

In 1983, to overcome unauthorised “pirate” merchandising, the club’s badge was altered by adding the two red heraldic lions and the motto scroll. This device appeared on most Spurs’ playing kits for the next 23 years.

In 2006 to rebrand and modernise the club’s image, the club badge and coat of arms were dumped for a professionally designed logo/emblem. This revamp showed a leaner, fitter cockerel on an old-time football. The club claims that the rebranding kept much of the original meaning of the name, but emphasised its originality.

In November 2013, Tottenham forced non-league club Fleet Spurs to change their badge because its new design was “too similar” to the Tottenham crest

Arch-enemy:

The club’s Latin motto is Audere est Facere (lit: “To Dare Is to Do”), and its emblem is a cockerel standing upon a football. The club has a long-standing rivalry with nearby neighbours Arsenal, with head-to-head fixtures known as the North London derby.

Honours

League

Football League First Division:
Winners (2): 1950–51, 1960–61
Runners-up (4): 1921–22, 1951–52, 1956–57, 1962–63
Football League Second Division:
Winners (2): 1919–20, 1949–50
Runners-up (2): 1908–09, 1932–33
Southern League:
Winners (1): 1899–1900
Western League:
Winners (1): 1903–04
Cup

FA Cup:
Winners (8): 1900–01, 1920–21, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1966–67, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1990–91
Runners-up (1): 1986–87
League Cup:
Winners (4): 1970–71, 1972–73, 1998–99, 2007–08
Runners-up (3): 1982, 2002, 2009
FA Charity Shield:
Winners (7): 1921, 1951, 1961, 1962, 1967*, 1981*, 1991* (* shared)
Runners-up (2): 1920, 1982
European

UEFA Cup:
Winners (2): 1971–72 (inaugural winners), 1983–84
Runners-up (1): 1973–74
UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup:
Winners (1): 1962–63
Anglo-Italian League Cup:
Winners (1): 1971

 

Biggest away defeat overall:

Record defeat: 0–8 v FC Köln, UEFA Intertoto Cup, 22 July 1995

Biggest home win overall:

Record win: 13–2 v Crewe Alexandra, FA Cup, 3 February 1960

 

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