Tottenham Hotspur Football Club was founded on 5 September 1882, originally as Hotspur F.C. The club is one of the founding members of the Premier League and has never been relegated from the division.
Tottenham’s colours are white and navy, with their home kits traditionally being predominantly white shirts and navy shorts. The club’s current crest, which was adopted in 2006, features a cockerel standing on a football.
Spurs, as they are nicknamed, play their football at White Hart Lane, which has been their home since 1899. The stadium has a capacity of 36,284.
Tottenham’s North London rivals are Arsenal. The North London Derby is one of the biggest matches on the domestic calendar, with a fierce rivalry existing between both sets of fans.
Spurs have won two domestic league titles, in 1951 and 1961. They have also eight FA Cups, four League Cups and seven Charity Shields. Spurs were the inaugural winners of the UEFA Cup, winning it in 1971, and again in the 1983-84 season. Tottenham’s best placed Premier League finish is 4th, which they achieved in 2009-10, which earned them qualification to the following season’s Champions League. The club finished fourth again in the 2011-12 season.
Bill Nicholson managed the club for 832 matches, more than any other manager in the club’s history. Other notable managers in the club’s history include Arthur Rowe, Terry Venables, Glenn Hoddle, Martin Jol, Harry Redknapp and Andre Villas-Boas.
Steve Perryman holds the record for most appearances for the club, with 854. Jimmy Greaves is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer with 266 goals. Jermaine Defoe is the club’s top scorer in the Premier League era, with 143 club goals. Other notable players to have played for the club include Robbie Keane, Jurgen Klinsmann, Teddy Sheringham, David Ginola, Darren Anderton, Gary Lineker and Paul Gascoigne. Graduates of the club’s academy include Ledley King, Peter Crouch, David Beckham and Sol Campbell.