In 1892 three schoolboys from the Hotspur Cricket Club decided that playing football in the winter might be a good way to keep fit. So, after a meeting under a lamp post about 100 yards from where White Hart Lane stands today, they formed Hotspur Football Club.
Players paid sixpence to join up, and the club played its first match in a dark blue strip with a red ‘H’ badge.
Now Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is one of the greatest names in the greatest games of all, with an illustrious history of footballing firsts including having become the first non-league team to win the FA Cup, the first team of the modern era to win the league and cup Double and the first British team to win a European trophy.
Beyond that, the club has a proud tradition of ambition, excellence and of playing football the right way, ‘the Spurs Way’. It is an
unspoken but implicit prerequisite that the teams who pull on the famous lilywhite shirts will always endeavour to entertain and exhilarate the club’s fans with fast, quick-passing, attacking football.
“The game,” as the great Spurs captain Danny Blanchflower so succinctly put it, “is about glory”. In The Biography of Tottenham Hotspur, renowned author Julie Welch – who has lilywhite and blue blood coursing through her veins – brilliantly deconstructs the history of the club to get to the very heart and soul of Tottenham Hotspur. How did Spurs develop their unique and precious character?
Who were the key individuals and what were the key events that shaped the modern Spurs?Packed with wonderful stories from the formation of the club to the present day, and the memories of numerous legendary players, managers, supporters and other key figures, The Biography of Tottenham Hotspur brings the rich and glorious history of Spurs to life from a new and fascinating perspective.
About the author
Julie Welch was Fleet Street’s first female football reporter and is well known for her screenplay about her childhood following Spurs in the 1960s which was turned into a TV film, Those Glory Glory Days , by David Puttnam. She is also a bestselling author, her titles including ‘Out on Your Feet: The World of Hundred Mile Walking’ and ‘Ghosts of the Lane’ (with Rob White), the story of Spurs legend John White.