The London club was formed in 1882, as Hotspur F.C., and played in the Southern League until 1908, when they were elected into the Football League Second Division. Hotspur’s first competitive match was against St Albans in the London Association Cup where it saw Spurs score 5 goals to win 5-2.
Hotspur went to Gilpin park in 1899, later known as the famous White Hart Lane. Their first game saw them lose 4-1 to Notts County. A crowd of 5,000 watched the game. The following week over double the number of people came and saw Hotspur win 1-0 against QPR in the Southern League. (The stadium had an overall capacity of 32,000, and later they brought it up to 40,000) That season saw the Whites win the Southern League. The following season saw them win the FA Challenge Cup – and created history by being the only non-league club to win the trophy. Tottenham won their second FA Cup Trophy, with a sweet 1-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge.
40 years later, they won it again, after two second half goals at Wembley secured a 2-0 win over Leicester City. That season they did the double, winning the FA Cup and the Football League. No team had done the ‘double’ in the 1900s before. They were gaining more and more trophies, grabbing their fourth FA Cup trophy a season later and then winning their first European trophy – UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup. Where they became the first British club to win a major European competition.
They won their first League cup in 1971, after two late goals from Martin Chivers sealed the victory over Aston Villa. What happened a season later? Yep, they won another trophy. The UEFA Cup. Where Tottenham Hotspur beat Wolves 3-2 (On Agg), with Martin Chivers repeating what he did in the League Cup final and scoring two in the first leg.
Tottenham then won the League cup again whic made them the first club to win it twice, and then a year after they created history yet again. Becoming the first English club to have played in three major European finals.
After it went downhill a little, getting relegated to the Second Division three years later. However it was no trouble for the European masters, getting promoted to the First Division straight away. It happened again, in 1984 Tottenham won the UEFA Cup again 12 years after their last one. Beating Anderlecht on penalties 4-3.
In 1991, they won their eighth FA Cup trophy – an outstanding achievement. Three years later, the legendary Jurgen Klinsmann signed for The Lilywhites. One of the most iconic moment off this century saw Bale leave to Real Madrid for a record signing, using the money to buy seven brand new players.