DID YOU KNOW: Ten facts about Tottenham Hotspur

By SFC Media Thu 23 Apr

Ahead of Saturday's game at St Mary's in the Barclays Premier League, get to know Southampton's opponents Tottenham Hotspur a little better, with ten facts about the side from north London.

1 – The club was formed in 1882 when boys from Hotspur Cricket Club formed Hotspur FC so that they could play a sport during the winter. The name was changed to Tottenham Hotspur in 1884 to avoid any confusion with another club, London Hotspur.

2 – Tottenham Hotspur became the only non-league team to win the FA Cup following the formation of the Football League in 1888 when they won it in 1901.

3 – The club’s home stadium, White Hart Lane, was originally a disused nursery. The landlord realised the increased revenues he could enjoy if Spurs played their matches behind his pub and the club moved in.

4 – The 10,000th Premier League goal was scored by Tottenham Hotspur’s Les Ferdinand in a 4-0 win against Fulham in December 2001.

5 – Former Tottenham goalkeeper Erik Thorstvedt became the first Premier League substitute when he replaced Ian Walker in the first game of the 1992 campaign. 


6 – Spurs were the first team to ever win the UEFA Cup, which was established in 1971.

7 – On the very day that Spurs lost their place to Arsenal in the First Division, the club’s pet parrot collapsed and died. The parrot had been a gift from a ship’s captain as the team returned from a 1908 tour of Argentina and Uruguay. Some say the phrase ‘as sick as a parrot’ originated from here.

8 – Tottenham Hotspur were the first British club to win a major European trophy. They lifted the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1963.

9 – Former captain Ledley King holds the record for the fastest goal ever in the Premier League. The defender scored for Spurs in just 9.9 seconds against Bradford City.

10 – Diego Maradona once pulled on a Tottenham Hotspur shirt. The legendary Argentinian wore the number ten shirt for Spurs in Ossie Ardiles’ testimonial against Inter Milan in 1986. Tottenham won the game 2-1.

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