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Posted on 16 September 2015  - 14:00

We kick-off our 22nd European campaign with a first against Qarabag in Europa League, Group J tomorrow night (Thursday, September 17).

Bill Nicholson parades the Cup Winners' Cup in 1963Alan Mullery after his lap of honour with the UEFA Cup, 1972Tony Parks and Graham Roberts with the UEFA Cup, 1984Peter Crouch celebrates with Gareth Bale as we beat Inter 3-1 in the Champions League, 2010Peter Crouch celebrates his famous win against AC Milan in the San Siro, 2011

It will be the first time we've faced opposition from Azerbaijan in our rich European history - a history that now stretches back 54 years to our first match in the European Cup in 1961 and 181 matches in all European competitions (not including the InterToto Cup).

- We made our European debut after winning the double in 1961 - our first match was against Polish side Gornik Zabrze in the preliminary round of European Cup on September 13, 1961. It wasn't the most glorious of starts - we found ourselves 4-0 down before goals from Cliff Jones and Terry Dyson hauled it back to 4-2 for the second leg.

- Our first home match in Europe is one of the most famous night's in the club history. We hammered Gornik Zabrze 8-1 - Cliff Jones hit a hat-trick - and the anthem 'Glory, Glory Hallelujah' was heard for the first time, orchestrated by the 'Tottenham Angels', fans dressed in white who walked around the perimeter of the pitch holding messages of support on placards.

- We went on to reach the semi-final in that first season, beaten by Eusebio's Benfica, who went on to beat Real Madrid in the final.

Below: Terry Dyson parades the Cup Winners' Cup in 1963


- We became the first British club to win a European trophy by beating Atletico Madrid 5-1 in the Cup Winners Cup Final in Rotterdam on May 15, 1963. Terry Dyson and Jimmy Greaves both scored twice with John White also on target.

- We became the first British club to win two different European trophies when we lifted the UEFA Cup in 1972. We beat AC Milan in the semi-finals before toppling Wolves over two legs in the final.

- We reached the UEFA Cup semi-finals in 1973, losing to Liverpool and then the final of the UEFA Cup in 1974, where we lost out against Feyenoord on May 29, 1974.

- We won the UEFA Cup for a second time in 1984 when Graham Roberts equalised late against Anderlecht in the second leg at the Lane and Tony Parks saved two penalties as we won the penalty shoot-out 4-3.

- We qualified for the Champions League - the rebranded European Cup - for the first time in 2010-11 and reached the quarter-finals, where we lost out over two legs to Real Madrid.

Below: Graham Roberts after scoring the equaliser in the UEFA Cup Final second leg against Anderlecht, 1984


- This season represents our sixth-successive campaign in Europe.

- Not surprisingly, legendary former skipper and all-time record appearance maker Steve Perryman tops our European appearances list with 64. Aaron Lennon is next on 58. Thirty-seven players have made over 20 appearances for us in Europe including Harry Kane (22), Kyle Walker (23), Andros Townsend (25), Mousa Dembele (26) and Jan Vertonghen (27).

- Jermain Defoe is our leading all-time European goalscorer with 23 goals, pipping Martin Chivers (22). Only seven players have hit double-figures for us in Europe. Harry Kane is just behind on eight.

- Our biggest win in Europe was a 9-0 victory against Keflavik in the UEFA Cup on September 28, 1971.


Tickets for this match are priced at £20 (adults), £10 (seniors) and £5 (under-18s). Family packages (two adults and two juniors) available for £40.