This partnership has seen us work closely together over the past four years to provide opportunities for coaches and players from both clubs to gain overseas experience.
We've also put in place a knowledge exchange programme, designed to share best practice around football development and youth coaching techniques.
Just three months earlier on August 2, 2009, we played against South China for the first time in a friendly at the impressive Hong Kong Stadium.
South China got the better of us that day as goalkeeper Zhang Chunhai produced a series of top-class saves to keep us at bay - denying the likes of Roman Pavlyuchenko, Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon.
At the other end, Chan Siu Ki opened the scoring with a spectacular 25-yarder in the 52nd minute and skipper Li Haiqiang scored from the penalty spot on 69 minutes as South China ran out 2-0 winners.
We gained our revenge four years later, this time as part of the Barclays Asia Trophy last summer, July 2013.
Having lost out to Sunderland in the opener, again at the HK Stadium, we responded in style with six of the best - a 6-0 victory on July 27.
Jermain Defoe led the way this time with a hat-trick with further strikes from Andros Townsend, Clint Dempsey and an own goal.
South China are the most decorated team in Hong Kong.
They clinched their 40th championship last season and were back on the trophy hunt earlier this month, when they lifted the first silverware of the 2013-14 Hong Kong season, the Senior Shield.
That was their 31st Senior Shield success, alongside their 40 titles, nine FA Cups and two League Cups.
The reigning champions are currently second in the Hong Kong First Division. The league campaign continues until May.
South China FC website
Head Coach: Cheung Po Chun
Football ground: Hong Kong Stadium
Honours: 40 Hong Kong titles, 31 Senior Shields, nine FA Cups, two League Cups.
Did you know: Founded in 1910, South China FC are the most successful team in Hong Kong.
Spurs fact: We’ve played South China twice – we lost a friendly at HK Stadium in August, 2009 but exacted our revenge with a 6-0 win in the Barclays Asia Trophy in July, 2013.
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