Spurs eventually joined the Football League in 1908, another early great, Vivian Woodward, scored the club's first league goal, but after winning promotion at the first attempt form dipped and the next few seasons were a battle against relegation.
The club actually finished bottom when the league was suspended on the outbreak of the First World War in 1914.
Then controversy. The league decided to increase the top flight to 22 clubs but instead of Spurs maintaining their place, they were voted out with Arsenal, who had finished fifth in the Second Division, taking their place.
Spurs responded by romping to the Second Division title in 1919-20. It took just a year hit the big time again. No southern club had won the FA Cup since the club's success in 1901 but with manager Peter McWilliam at the helm, that all changed with a Final win against Wolves at Stamford Bridge in 1921.
The semi-finals were reached the following year and the club finished in its highest league position, runners-up behind Liverpool, in 1921-22. But then a decline. Spurs did not finish above 12th in the next five years, McWilliam soon resigned and we were relegated in 1927-28.
The club remained in the Second Division until 1933 when boss Percy Smith's side banged in goals galore - Hunt, Evans and O'Callaghan scoring 75 goals between them. The trio continued in the top flight as we finished third but the club was relegated again in 1934-35 and stayed there through the Second World War years until 1949-50.
But greatness was just around the corner this time.
Arthur Rowe took over the manager's hotseat in 1949 and soon built one of the most famous Spurs sides that first stormed to the Second Division title in 1949-50 before pipping Manchester United to claim their first League Championship the following season.
Rowe's now famed 'push and run' style delighted fans who flocked to the Lane to watch demolitions of Stoke 6-1, Portsmouth 5-1 and Newcastle 7-0.
But once again the success was short-lived. Spurs had to settle for second spot the next season but by 1952-53 the players were starting to show their age.
Rowe's health suffered as results dipped and he was eventually replaced by Jimmy Anderson. He in turn was always seen as a stop-gap to the next manager. That manager was Bill NicholsonÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦
The most influential man in Spurs' history, Nicholson underlined exactly what he was all about by hammering Everton 10-4 in his first game in charge in October 1958.