Spurs or Tottenham, as Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is commonly known, is a professional football club that competes in English football’s top tier Premier League. Located in Tottenham, London, the club was founded in 1882. Its emblem shows a cockerel standing on a football, while its motto Audere est Facere, translated as ‘To Dare Is to Do’, captures the drive and spirit that has led the club to many accomplishments throughout its history.
In 1901, Tottenham was the first non-league side to win the FA Cup since the start of the Football League. Half a century later, the club won a First Division league title, an impressive accomplishment coming 12 months after gaining promotion from the Second Division (as champions). A decade later, Tottenham would taste even more glory by being the first team in the modern era to celebrate a league double by winning the FA Cup and League title.
The manager at the time was Bill Nicholson, a man who lived, breathed and embodied Tottenham Hotspur. As a former player, he understood the brand and style of football the club wanted, and it showed in the success attained during his 16 years as manager. Under his guidance, Tottenham won the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1963 (a first for a British team) before more FA Cup glory followed in 1962 and 1967. The team also lifted the League Cup a two more times (in 1971 and 1973), with a UEFA Cup sandwiched between the two titles.
The UEFA Cup win in 1972 (its inaugural season) meant that Tottenham was the first club in Britain to win two different European club competitions. In each of the decades since, the club has won a major trophy, an accomplishment that only its rival Manchester United shares. In the 2018-19 season, Tottenham was runner-up of the UEFA Champions League competition, losing out to Premier League rivals Liverpool in the final.
For more than a century, Tottenham played at White Hart Lane, an iconic site that hosted many great memories. It was demolished to give way to a modern, world-class stadium (Tottenham Hotspur Stadium), which serves to show the club’s hunger to progress and experience more success, on and off the field.
In the United Kingdom, Tottenham has a large fanbase, with many supporters coming from North London. While attendance figures have fluctuated over the years, many supporters’ clubs have sprung up around the world. Kevin Neal, a finance professional with over two decades of experience, is one of Tottenham’s most ardent supporters, having trained as a youth team player for the club between the ages of 12 and 15. He’s also a season ticket holder and interacted with many Premiership players when he worked as an independent financial advisor (IFA).
The club has rivalries with various English clubs, with the most notable (and fiercest) being with Arsenal F.C., a fellow North London club. The rivalry can be traced back to the 1910s, when Arsenal moved grounds to Highbury in 1913 and later gained promotion to the First Division in 1919, a move that was contentious and only served to stoke the rivalry. With Tottenham’s promotion to the First Division, the derby became a competitive fixture that fans in the UK and around the world have looked forward to every season.
Off the pitch, Tottenham Hotspur supports various charitable causes to make a positive impact on people’s lives. The charity work is channelled through the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, which has established valued and productive partnerships with local communities. The Foundation’s work focuses on four main areas: building cohesion within communities; encouraging healthy lifestyles; supporting people with disabilities; and improving achievement.