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Looking forward to celebrating their 130th anniversary in 2012, the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club was formed in 1882 by the boys of the Hotspur Cricket Club along with students from a nearby grammar school. Matches were played on the local marshes until 1885, when the first competitive match was held versus St. Albans in the London Association Cup, with the Spurs winning 5-2.

The next decade would see the Club’s first meeting with Arsenal (won 2-1 when the game was called for darkness), the move to a private ground at Northumberland Park and the adoption of professionalism. Some 6,000 spectators turned out to watch the Spurs overcome Aston Villa in 1896, the year in which the team joined the Southern League Division One.

By 1899, the Club had incorporated as a limited company and needed more space to accommodate the increasing number of fans. The move was made to a market garden with a capacity for 35,000 and the ground was dubbed “White Hart Lane.” The very next year, the Spurs became Champions of the Southern League and then followed it up with their first FA Cup victory in 1901.

It took a little longer for the Football League to recognise Tottenham with a place in its Second Division. That came in 1908, and only one season was needed for the Club to be promoted. Despite some early ups and downs, by 1921 the Spurs had claimed their second FA Cup, by defeating the Wolverhampton Wanderers that year by a score of 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Several relegations and promotions ensued over the next three decades, until at long last Tottenham achieved ultimate success as the Football League Champions for the first time in 1951. That team was led by manager Arthur Rowe, who guided the team from 1949 through 1955. The Club maintained its momentum with a second place finish in 1952 and by reaching the FA Cup semifinals in 1953.

Perhaps the Lane’s greatest leader of all time was Bill Nicholson, who earned the title “Mr. Tottenham” during 16 seasons at the helm from 1958 to 1974. He took the Club to its second Football League Championship in 1960-61 and then added the FA Cup—making the Spurs the League’s first team ever to score that double.

And that was only the beginning. Under Nicholson’s guidance, the Spurs repeated as FA Cup champs in 1962, nabbed the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1963, and returned for a third FA Cup victory in 1967. In 1971 and 1973, Tottenham lifted the Football League Cup trophy and they managed to sandwich the 1972 UEFA Cup triumph in between. The Club narrowly missed getting another UEFA Cup after reaching the 1974 finals.

Nicholson’s departure left a gaping void, and Tottenham were relegated briefly in 1977 before bouncing back in 1978. Their return to top form came about under Keith Burkinshaw, the second most successful manager in Club history, who brought the Spurs to their sixth FA Cup victory in 1981 and then their seventh in 1982 before icing the cake with a UEFA Cup win in 1984.

Financial difficulties plagued Tottenham Hotspur F.C. in the late 1980s, requiring the tireless efforts of new Chairman Alan Sugar to steer the Club away from impending bankruptcy in 1991. In that year, the Spurs rewarded him by winning their eighth FA Cup. In 1992, they became one of the founding members of the newly founded Premier League.

Of course, silverware has been no easier to come by in the Premiership. A third League Cup in 1999 and a fourth in 2008 have helped fill the trophy case at White Hart Lane, but the Spurs have struggled to make the top four of the table since the turn of the new millennium, reaching fifth in 2006 and 2007. Making it into the group stages of the Champions League in 2010 has been the Club’s biggest success of late.

Current manager Harry Redknapp has led the Spurs since 2008. In February of 2011, his team achieved one of the great results in Club history by beating AC Milan in the San Siro 1-0 during the first leg of their last 16 tie in the Champions League. Betting on the Spurs match by match, one often finds good value as bookmakers sometimes fail to give them the credit that their past achievements indicate they deserve.