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2017-18 in numbers - successive top three finishes

Posted on 18 May 2018  - 12:00

The team secured third place in the Premier League in 2017-18 - only the third time in the Club's history that we've achieved a top three finish in three-successive seasons.

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We've had 24 top three finishes in the Premier League/old Division One/old Division Two since our first season in the Football League all the way back in 1908-09 - 18 of those have come in the top flight.

Arthur Rowe's pioneering 'push and run' team of the early 1950s were the first Spurs team to complete three-successive top three finishes, followed by Bill Nicholson's all-conquering team of the early 1960s that achieved it four times on the trot.

Below: Our 1950-51 title winners

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TOP THREE FINISHES IN THREE-SUCCESSIVE SEASONS

1949-50 - 1st in Division Two
1950-51 - 1st in Division One
1951-52 - 2nd in Division Two

Arthur Rowe's 'push and run' team won titles back-to-back - the old Divsion Two title in 1949-50 followed by the old Division One title in 1950-51 - and were runners-up in 1951-52 before finishing 10th in 1952-53.

Below: Our double-winning team of 1960-61

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1959-60 - 3rd in Division One
1960-61 - 1st in Division One
1961-62 - 3rd in Division One
1962-63 - 2nd in Division One

After finishing third in the old Division One in 1959-60, Bill Nicholson led the team to an historic league/FA Cup double in 1960-61. Third the following season, they were only four points adrift of champions Ipswich Town and retained the FA Cup. In 1962-63, they were runners-up and won the European Cup Winners' Cup, the first British team to win a European trophy. They were then fourth in 1963-64.

Below: Harry Kane's curls home for 5-4 against Leicester to secure third place in 2017-18

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2015-16 - 3rd in the Premier League
2016-17 - 2nd in the Premier League
2017-18 - 3rd in the Premier League

Mauricio Pochettino's team challenged for the title before finishing third in 2015-16, nevertheless our best league finish in the Premier League era and best since 1989-90. The team challenged again in 2016-17, finishing second for the first time since 1962-63 and breaking a host of Club records, especially in the Premier League era. Champions League football was secured in the final week of 2017-18 and third place followed with a thrilling 5-4 win over Leicester on the season's final day.

AS OF THE END OF 2017-18...

24 - finishes in the top three
18 - top three finishes in top flight (old Division One/Premier League)
7 - finishes in the top two
4 - title wins - 1919-20 (Second Division)/1949-50 (Second Division)/1950-51 (First Division)/1960-61 (First Division)