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Travel guide Tottenham Hotspur – Tips and information for your football trip
For you and probably many other football fans, the football played by Tottenham Hotspur is a treat for the eyes. Do you want to witness the magical football of Tottenham Hotspur with players such as top scorer Harry Kane, top talent Dele Alli and crowd favourite Mousa Dembélé live? Read all information you need to know for your football trip to Tottenham Hotspur here!
Table of Content
- Everything about Tottenham Hotspur
- Your visit to White Hart Lane
- Tips for your trip to London
1. Everything about Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur is famous all over the world. Despite that, there are surely some things that not even a super fan knows about the Spurs. Did you know that the Spurs were the only non-league club to win the FA Cup? Or what the first stadium of the club was? Read everything about the Spurs here.
- The History of Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur was founded in 1882 by students of two local schools in collaboration with Hotspur Cricket Club. Back then the club was known as Hotspur FC. Two years later the name was changed into Tottenham Hotspur. In 1995 the club joined the Southern Football League and thereby became a professional football club with between 2 and 15 thousand spectators. Three years later the then home stadium River Less was replaced by Northumberland Park, so that entrance fees could be demanded. The club moved to its current stadium, White Hart Lane in 1899.
Tottenham won the Southern Football League in 1900 and even managed to win the FA Cup in 1901. This made them the first and until now only non-league club to win the FA Cup. This success could be mainly ascribed to Jon Cameron who had joined the Spurs from Everton. He acted as a player, secretary and manager of the Spurs.
In the 1908/1909 season, Tottenham played in the Second Division for the first time. Thanks to a second place in the table at the end of the season, they were directly promoted to the highest English division: The First Division. Due to the First World War, football in England was suspended between 1914 and 1919. In the previous season, the Spurs had been relegated, but following the championship in the second league, the year after play was reinstated, they were promoted to the first league again.
In the 1950/1951 season, Tottenham won the national championship for the first time. Bill Nicholson was part of this championship team. Bill served at Tottenham Hotspur from 1936 until 2004. He started as a player, developed to a coach and manager of the club and at the end even became club president. In the 1960/1961 season, Bill and the Spurs became the first club in the twentieth century to win the double. That meant winning the first league as well as the FA Cup. Two years later, with the success in the European Cup II the first European success followed. The league cup and the UEFA Cup were won in 1971 and 1972 respectively for the first time. After the loss in the UEFA Cup final against Feyenoord in 1974, Bill Nicholson stepped down as coach of the club. With 8 titles to his name, he is the most successful coach in club history.
1984 Tottenham managed to win the UEFA Cup again, this time under coach Burkinshaw. After this title no further national or international titles have been won. Despite recurring placement in the top 6 of the Premier League in past seasons, the club has never managed to win the Premier League. The Spurs participated in the Champions League for the first time in 2010.
- The Fans
In total, the Tottenham Hotspurs have 165 official fan clubs spread across the globe. These can be divided across the different continents. In North America, there are 70 fan clubs, in Asia there are 16, in Europe (excluding the UK and Ireland) there are 21 and on the remaining continents there are 17. In the UK there are 28 fan clubs and Ireland has 13.
- The current Team
In recent years, Tottenham Hotspur has been an integral part of the best clubs in the Premier League. The club has top players to offer such as Kane, Alli and Eriksen.
2. Your visit at White Hart Lane
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has a capacity of 62,062 and is the largest (club) stadium in London. The current name is only a temporary name, the rights for the stadium name will probably be sold to a sponsor in the future.
The first game played in the stadium took place on April 3 2019. This was the Premier League game between Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace. This match resulted in the first home victory in the new home port, the Spurs won 2-0 by goals from Son and Eriksen.
The stadium of the Spurs is not only used for football matches. The stadium also forms the location for the NFL London Games (American football). This is one of the reasons that the stadium has 2 fields, there is a synthetic turf field under the soccer field.
- Where can you grab a beer before the game?
During matches of Tottenham Hotspur, it is forbidden to bring alcoholic beverages into the stands. For the fans that would like to drink a beer before the match, we recommend a trip to the local pub. But which pubs are located close to Wembley? And which pub is the best?
Our top 3 pubs close to Wembley stadium are:
- J. Moons
- The Liquor Station
- The Preston
3. Tips for your trip to London
London is the capital of England and the United Kingdom. The city itself has 7,5 million inhabitants and about 13 million people live in the entire metropolis. For nearly an entire century, London was the biggest city in the world, until 1925. Together with New York City, Paris and Tokyo, London is considered a traditional world city. With the Tower of London, Greenwich, Kew Gardens and Westminster/ Saint Margaret’s Church, London has four sights on UNESCOS World Heritage Sites.
Other Football Stadiums
Besides Wembley Stadium, there are plenty of other football stadiums to visit in the football capital of the world. Other stadiums from clubs in the Premier League are Stamford Bridge (Chelsea FC), Emirates Stadium (Arsenal FC), Olympic Stadium (West Ham United) and Selhurst Park (Crystal Palace FC). The stadiums of other clubs, who don’t play in the Premier League, are also located in London. These include The Den (Millwall FC), Loftus Road (Queen Park Rangers), Craven Cottage (Fulham FC), The Valley (Charlton Athletic) and Plough Lane (Wimbledon FC). All have a rich history and are definitely worth a visit.
- Which restaurants are great places to eat at in London?
Would you like to know where you can get some good food in London? We have put together a top 5 lists of restaurants in London.
- Bar 61 Restaurant
- Pizza Union Spitafields
- The Clink Restaurant
- Limian Restaurant
- Lóro di Napoli
- Which tours can I go on in London?
There are many diverse tours that you can go on in London. These can be tours of stadiums or of the city itself. Our top 3 tours are:
- Stadium Tour Tottenham Hotspur
This tour provides you a behind-the-scene look at the home of the Spurs. The changing rooms, the player tunnel and the press rooms are only a few of the areas you will get to see on your tour.
- Stadium Tour Arsenal
Enter the legendary Arsenal field and find yourself in the spot where Arséné Wenger once stood. Get to know the Emirates Stadium inside and out.
- Stadium Tour Chelsea
Find yourself in the changing rooms of Chelsea, with the knowledge that many superstars have prepared themselves for some unforgettable matches there.
- Hop-on-Hop-off Bus London
View all the sights in London quickly and comfortable on the Hop-on-Hop-off bus tour.
- Hop-on-Hop-off Cruise London
Admire the beauty of London from the Themes with the Hop-on-Hop-off cruise.
- Flying to London
London has 6 airports one can fly into: City, Luton, Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick and Southend.
The best airport to fly into is London City as this is located closest to the city itself. We discourage you from flying to Southend as this is located furthest away from the city. London can be easily reached from all the airports.
This was all you need to know about football travels to Tottenham Hotspur. If you still have any doubts, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are happy to help.