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YEAR BY YEAR

Posted on 9 December 2004  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

YEAR BY YEAR

1882
Club formed by boys from Hotspur cricket club and from the local grammar school. The name of 'Hotspur FC' was adopted.

1883
Club reorganised under the presidency of Mr John Ripsher. Club colours - navy blue. Matches played on Tottenham marshes.

1884
Club re-named 'Tottenham Hotspur Football and Athletic Club'.

1885
First competitive match versus St. Albans in the London Association Cup. Spurs winning 5-2. Colours changed to light blue and white halves. First credit balance nine shillings.

1887
First meeting with Arsenal - then Royal Arsenal. Match abandoned 15 minutes from time 'owing to darkness' with Spurs leading 2-1.

1888
Spurs move to private ground in Northumberland Park, where the first admission charge of 3d was made.

1890
Colours changed to red shirts and navy blue shorts.

1895
Spurs adopt professionalism.

1896
A record crowd of 6,000 spectators watch the friendly match with Aston Villa. Spurs elected to the Southern League Division One. Club colours changed to chocolate and gold.

1897
We reach our first Cup Final, losing 0-2 to hosts Wellingborough in the local Charity Cup competition.

1898
The Club becomes a limited company and a match against Woolwich Arsenal attracts a record crowd of 14,000 spectators. Change of colours to white shirts and blue shorts.

1899
The Club moves to present site, originally a market garden. Accommodation for 35,000. Ground almost named 'Gilpin Park' but instead gradually became known as 'White Hart Lane'. First match staged was a friendly versus Notts County - gross receipts £115.

1900
Success at last - Spurs become Champions of the Southern League.

1901
Spurs win the FA Challenge Cup to become the only non-League club, following the formation of the Football League in 1888, ever to achieve this honour.

1908
Entry secured to the Second Division of the Football League.

1909
Promotion to First Division gained at first attempt.

1915
Relegation to Second Division.

1920
Promoted again at first attempt with 70 points, a record under the old system of two points for a win.

1921
Second FA Cup triumph, Spurs beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.

1928
Relegation to Second Division with 38 points.

1933
Promotion again, this time as Division Two runners-up.

1934
Building of the East Stand completed.

1935
Relegation to Second Division.

1938
The existing crowd record of 75,038 spectators established for the visit of Sunderland in the sixth round of the FA Cup.

1950
Promotion to the First Division.

1951
Football League Champions for the first time.

1961
Football League Champions and winners of the FA Cup. The first club to complete the 'Double' since Preston North End and Aston Villa did so in 1889 and 1897 respectively.

1962
Winners again of the FA Cup.

1963
Winners of the European Cup-Winners' Cup. The first British club to win a major European competition. Jimmy Greaves becomes Spurs' highest League scorer in one season with 37 goals.

1967
FA Cup winners for the fifth time.

1971
Winners of the Football League Cup.

1972
Winners of the UEFA Cup.

1973
Winners of the Football League Cup. The first club to have won the trophy twice.

1974
First English club to have played in three major European finals.

1977
Relegation to Second Division.

1978
Promotion again secured at first attempt.

1980
Old West Stand demolished to make way for new modern structure.

1981
FA Cup winners for the sixth time. Steve Perryman sets a new Club record of League appearances by passing Pat Jennings' previous record total of 472.

1982
New West Stand opened. FA Cup winners for the seventh time in the Club's Centenary year.

1983
By finishing fourth in the League, qualified for the UEFA Cup for the first time since season 1973/74. First football club to float shares on the London Stock Exchange.

1984
Winners of the UEFA Cup for the second time.

1985
Playing strip changed to white shirts and white shorts.

1986
Steve Perryman transferred to Oxford United after making a record 655 League appearances for Spurs.

1987
Spurs reach eighth FA Cup Final. Clive Allen sets a new Club record with 49 goals in a single season. Kit returns to white shirts and navy shorts.

1988
First million plus signing Paul Stewart from Manchester City for £1.5 million.

1989
East Stand refurbished.

1991
FA Cup winners for eighth time and back in European competition. Alan Sugar becomes Chairman and steers club away from impending bankruptcy.

1992
Founder members of the new FA Premier League. Paul Gascoigne joins Lazio for £5.5 million - a record.

1994
'The Shelf' becomes an all-seater enclosure.

1995
New South Stand completed. Record signing of Chris Armstrong from Crystal Palace for £4.5 million.

1996
New Rights Issue raises £10.9 million to redevelop North Stand, complete hospitality areas in South Stand and reconstruct pitch.

1997
Record signing, £6million for Les Ferdinand from Newcastle United.


1998
New North Stand completed. Increased capacity to 36,257.

1999
Winners of the League Cup for the third time.

2000
New record signing, £11million for Sergei Rebrov from Dynamo Kiev.

2001
Glenn Hoddle took over as manager from George Graham. ENIC completed takeover, Daniel Levy became non-executive chairman and David Buchler vice-chairman.

2001
Teddy Sheringham rejoined the club from Manchester United and joined new arrivals Christian Ziege and Gus Poyet.

2002
We reached the final of the Worthington Cup in Glenn Hoddle's first season as manager but lost out 2-1 to Blackburn Rovers at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. Jamie Redknapp signed in April before the £7m capture of Irish star striker Robbie Keane from Leeds United in August.

2003
We finished 10th in the Premiership in 2002-03, successfully toured South Africa, signed Helder Postiga and Bobby Zamora, Jamie Redknapp was named captain. We parted company with Glenn Hoddle in September. David Pleat took over in a caretaker capacity.

2004
We finished 14th in the Premiership in 2003-04. David Pleat departed in July 2004 as we formed a new, continental-style management structure. Frank Arnesen arrived from PSV as Sporting Director, Jacques Santini as Head Coach, Martin Jol as First Assistant and Dominique Cuperly as fitness coach. We also appointed a new medical team headed by Head of Medical Facilities Dr Charlotte Cowie and new physio Dean Kenneally, formerly with the British athletics team at the Olympics. Santini left in November and Jol took over as Head Coach. We signed Jermain Defoe in January and Paul Robinson in May and Defoe went on to earn his first England caps and, in October, England started with three Spurs players (Defoe, Ledley King, Paul Robinson) for the first time since 1987. A number of new players joined including Sean Davis, Michael Carrick, Noureddine Naybet, Thimothee Atouba, Erik Edman, Reto Ziegler, Noe Pamarot and Champions League winner Pedro Mendes.


2005
We were in the running for European qualifcation via the Premier League until defeat at Middlesbrough in the penultimate game of the season. We ended up ninth. We still had one last chance for Europe as England's representative in the UEFA Fair Play draw but, alas, we weren't one of the two picks of six.