In 1908, the club was elected into the Football League Second Division and won promotion to the First Division in their first season, and finished runners-up in their first year in the league. In 1912, Peter McWilliam became manager; Tottenham finished bottom of the league at the end of the 1914–15 season when football was suspended due to the First World War. Spurs were relegated to the Second Division on the resumption of league football after the war but quickly returned to the First Division as Second Division champions of the 1919–20 season.
On 23 April 1921, McWilliam guided Spurs to their second FA Cup win, beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 in the Cup Final. Spurs finished second to Liverpool in the league in 1922 but would finish mid-table in the next five seasons. Spurs were relegated in the 1927–28 season after McWilliam left. For most of the 1930s and 40s, Spurs languished in the Second Division, apart from a brief return to the top flight in the 1933–34 and 1934–35 seasons.
1960 – 1961 season started with a run of 11 wins, followed by a draw and another four wins, at that time the best ever start by any club in the top flight of English football. The title was won on 17 April 1961 when they beat the eventual runner-up Sheffield Wednesday at home 2–1, with three more games still to play. The Double was achieved when Spurs won 2–0 against Leicester City in the final of the 1960–61 FA Cup. It was the first Double of the 20th century, and the first since Aston Villa achieved the feat in 1897.
Founded in 1882, Tottenham won the FA Cup for the first time in 1901, the only non-League club to do so since the formation of the Football League in 1888. Tottenham were the first club in the 20th century to achieve the League and FA Cup Double, winning both competitions in the 1960–61 season. After successfully defending the FA Cup in 1962, in 1963 they became the first British club to win a UEFA club competition – the European Cup Winners’ Cup. They were also the inaugural winners of the UEFA Cup in 1972, becoming the first British club to win two different major European trophies. They have collected at least one major trophy in each of the six decades from the 1950s to 2000s – an achievement only matched by Manchester United. In total, Spurs have won two league titles, eight FA Cups, four League Cups, seven FA Community Shields, one European Cup Winners’ Cup and two UEFA Cups. Tottenham were also the runners-up in the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League. The club has a long-standing rivalry with nearby club Arsenal, with head-to-head fixtures known as the North London derby.
1908 – Present / Tottenham Hotspur Football Club
1896 – 1908 / Tottenham Hotspur Football and Athletic Company
1982 – 1896 / Hotspur Football Club
Spurs, The Lilywhites
Technically, the official name of Tottenham Hotspur is “The Lilywhites,” Spurs is just a shortened name of their very long official name. Unfortunately, the name “Lilywhites” is not very interesting, just a nod to the color of their shirts.
Premier League / 2
FA Cup / 8
1991, 1982, 1981, 1967, 1962, 1961, 1921, 1901
Premier League – FA Cup Double / 1
2019 – Present / Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
1899 – 2019 / White Hart Lane
1888 – 1899 / Northumberland Park
1882 – 1888 / Tottenham Marshes
2001 – Present / ENIC International Ltd.
*Blue is this team’s history