Life might not have been kind to Tottenham Hotspur fans in recent decades, however, it has not always been ‘doom and gloom’ for those at Spurs, as the north London club were once at the very top of the game.
Spurs managed to achieve some rather impressive feats, whilst also have some impressive players within their squads, although the lack of silverware in recent years has perhaps hurt their reputation somewhat.
Formed in 1882, the club was initially just called “Hotspur” after a group of grammar-school boys from All Hallows Church decided to band together and create the football club. The team would eventually become known as it is today soon after to avoid confusion with another club who were called Hotspur FC.
Spurs had some huge success in their formative years, as they managed to win a handful of honours, including the 1901 FA Cup final as they defeated Sheffield United and became the only team in history to win the competition as a non-league side. 1908 saw them change their status and enjoy success immediately as they won promotion.
1921 saw another FA Cup be won, but the next five decades or so were fruitless, until the appointment of Bill Nicholson in 1958. Under his guidance for 16 years, Tottenham Hotspur would win numerous cups and a League title in 1961.
Since then, though, history has made for some rather grim reading as of now as the club have struggled to consistently put their name to silverware.
The club have recently moved to a new stadium. Having been at White Hart Lane since 1899, the club move to the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in 2019, which can cater for 62,850 fans; the third-largest in England and the second-biggest in the Premier League behind Manchester United’s Old Trafford.
Best Players & Managers
For all of Tottenham’s struggles to win consistent pieces of silverware, it can not be blamed on the personnel that they have had at their disposal throughout history.
Players such as Pat Jennings, Martin Chivers, Steve Perryman, Ray Clemence, Clive Allen, Jimmy Greaves, Gary Mabbutt, Osvaldo Ardiles, Ricky Villa, Glenn Hoddle, Gary Lineker, Jurgen Klinsmann, Paul Gascoigne, Teddy Sheringham, Sol Campbell, Darren Anderton, David Ginola, Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe, Emmanuel Adebayor, Luka Modrić, Gareth Bale, Heung-min Son and Harry Kane have all featured for the club; with many having been considered the best of their generations.
There have been wonderful managers in charge of Tottenham Hotspur in the past, as well. Despite Bill Nicholson and Keith Burkinshaw having been rather successful, individuals after them have struggled. These include the likes of Hoddle, George Graham, Juande Ramos, Harry Redknapp, Mauricio Pochettino and Jose Mourinho.
Historic & Memorable moments
As inferred, being a Tottenham Hotspur fan can be considered to have been a rather hard task for fans of the current generation, with many having had to wait patiently to see their club lift silverware. As of the 2020/21 season, the last time Spurs did this was in 2008, under Ramos.
However, an iconic moment for many of the club’s supporters will have come recently, as the club managed to reach the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League Final. Whilst the game was marred in controversy due to a highly debatable handball decision that compounded Spurs to a bad start and an eventual loss to Liverpool, many would not have believed Pochettino’s side would have been able to reach the grand spectacle.
Of course, the journey may be more memorable and pleasing for many, as they looked down-and-out at the Group Stage, before staging remarkable showings against Manchester City and Ajax in the latter rounds, with Lucas Moura’s hat-trick against the Dutch outfit sending him into cult status!