On September 5, 1882, a group of school boys led by Robert Buckle and two of his friends formed a football club and named it ‘Hotspur Football Club’ which, two years later, was renamed as Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.
Initially a cricket club named Hotspur Cricket Club, some of the boys from the Grammer school decided to form a football club. The boys received a small capital from the Cricket Club and invested it in buying wood for goal, flags and other accessories before finally buying a football. The goal post, reportedly, still exists and was made by Mr. Casey who was the father of two members of the club and paitned in Blue and White.
The football club was formed so that the boys can continue their sporting activities during the winter months. John Ripsher, the Bible class teacher at All Hallows Church, helped the boys in club’s formative years and helped them in getting a property for the club. Two years later, the name was changed as there happened to be a miscommunication due to which a mail for another London Hotspur club was misdirected to Tottenham.
Having no recognition whatsoever in the initial phase, the boys played the matches amongst themselves of against other local clubs. Still not part of the football league, Tottenham played their first ever competitive match in 1885 in the London Association Cup and won the honour. This saw them joining the Southern League in the 1896-97 season and just four years on, 1900, they won the title. Only a year later, they defeated Sheffield United in the 1901 FA Cup final and became the first team from outside the Football League to achieve such feat.
For joining a registered football league, however, they had to wait until 1908 when they finally were selected in the Football League’s Second Division for the 1908-09 season. And just a season on, they were in the first division. Their wait of winning the English title was a long one as it took them until 1951 to win their first First Division title and 1961 being their second one. Two years on, 1963, the team defeated Spanish giants Atletico Madrid 5-1 in the European Cup Winners’ Cup Final and became the first English team to win a European trophy.
Till date, Tottenham have eight FA Cups, 4 League Cups, seven Community Shields and two First Division titles in their trophy cabinet. And not to forget, one European Cup Winners’ Cup and two UEFA Cups. They are now under the reigns of Argentina’s Mauricio Pochettino and are considered as one of most favourites to lift the Premier League trophy.