The Tottenham Hotspurs may come from a humble area of north London, but they play with the suaveness of downtowners and the ruggedness of country folk. While not carrying the name-power of other dynasty franchises, the Hotspurs, or “Spurs” for short, yield undying support and energy from their loyal countrymen.
Luck and hard work
Football is about getting a small ball down a big field and into a net. Hard work is necessary, but so is luck. The Hotspurs were recipients of some very good luck in the 1890s.
With unionization spreading through the games, Tottenham ended up receiving two very good, very unlikely players: Jack Bell and John Cameron. Both former Everton players, the men ended up in Hotspur jerseys due to rising strife within the AFU, the Association Footballers’ Union.
This mixture of fortune and initiative led to the Hotspurs winning the Southern League championship in 1900. One year later, they would duplicate their success at the FA Cup, becoming one of the only non-League teams to ever do so.
Unique player selection and revolutionary game-planning allowed the Hotspurs to establish dominance in the sport. But by the end of the Second World War, they were experiencing a slump. Players were getting older or injured, and other teams were quickly adjusting their defense, and thwarting the comfortable champions.
As the years went by, the club slipped further down the rankings. The White Hart Lane began a cosmetic and functional demise at the hands of age, weather and care. Not even the signing of new, marquee players could drag the Hotspurs out of the trenches.
The cockerel flies again
The second half of the 20th century saw amazing changes for the world, and for Tottenham. Bill Nicholson, who started out with the team as a boot boy, rose to become the club’s president. Under his love and guidance, the Hotspurs traveled through the decades with trophies and ribbons under their wings.
A team once started on a whim by young boys who loved the game, the Hotspurs became one of the most beloved teams in the United Kingdom, winning eight FA Cups, four Football League Cups, two Football Leagues, the UEFA Cup twice and the UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup.
Today’s Tottenham Hotspurs represent a rarity in the sport: A team that is both aged and fresh. They have learned from their past, and forged a stronger future. Like their nickname, the Spurs are sharp and ready to strike.