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The Hotspur Football Club owes its formation in 1882 to the Bible class at All Hallows Church. The “Tottenham” was added in 1884 to avoid confusion with a nearby cricket club.
Spurs became professional in 1895 and won their first silverware in 1901 with the FA Cup. A second FA Cup soon followed in 1921 as Spurs became a prominent part of English football. But it wasn’t until the emergence of Bill Nicholson, an apprentice turned local hero, that they entered their most successful period.
Nicholson was a hero on the pitch during Spurs’ first league title win in 1950-51 and gained legendary status from the dugout in the 1960-61 season when he led Tottenham to their first and only ever double. His team, featuring stars of the game such as Danny Blanchflower and Jimmy Greaves, also secured the Cup Winners Cup in 1963. Nicholson retired after 68 years of service to the club.
Spurs suffered from being a “yo-yo” club for a brief period during the late 70’s and 80’s but mostly remained a fixture in the top flight, winning FA Cup trophies in 1981, 1982 and 1991.
A string of managers and some top European players couldn’t help Tottenham’s fortunes in the Premier League era. Chairman Daniel Levy rectified this problem by installing Harry Redknapp as manager after the acrimonious departure of hotly-rated Juande Ramos. Redknapp took Spurs to the Champions League quarter finals after only two years in charge but was removed from his position after a lackluster end to last season for Spurs, replaced by former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas.