As the club celebrates its 135th birthday we look back at Spurs at the beginning of the twentieth century when before the use of cameras become common place at games newspapers had artists to illustrate the action for their readers.
The FA Cup triumph of 1901 would dominate the first days of the Edwardian's. That magnificent achievement will come under the microscope later, today we cover the 'everyday' action of the team.
We do however start with this team portrait from 20th April 1901 when The Sporting Life featured the side prior to that final.
Spurs entertained Watford in the Southern League in January 1903 and the game finished 1-1.
The caption reads ' a special feature of the game was the splendid defence of the Watford goal.'
Below left and the year before, January 1902 - we are told 'Reading played a very fast game in spite of the mud.'
It didn't do them any good as Spurs won the Southern League tie 4-2.
Above right - the featured game is the friendly at WHL in November 1901.
This was an annual encounter around that period and this game ended 3-1 to Tottenham.
Right - The artist catches a goal for Chelsea in our 1909 meeting away in our first season in Division One. We lost that game but our revenge was to win the return and relegate them on the last day of the season.
Another away game and this is a friendly with The Corinthians from November 1902. Spurs would win this tie 3-1.
Above we entertain Aston Villa in the third round of the FA Cup, (all teams commenced at the first round) in March 1903. In a game we would go down 2-3. Again revenge came the following season when we knocked them out at Villa Park..
Above left - September 1902 sees us win the Southern Charity Cup. Having beaten Woolwich in the semi final the final was held over to the following season when we beat West Ham (pictured) 2-1.
right - Spurs V Plymouth (? October 1903)
The last picture is the Bristol City FA Cup tie at WHL in February 1903 - the round before the Villa game above - Spurs winning by the only goal. Like the man carrying the board with the half time scores around the ground.
After these games we saw the start of the era when photographs tended to push the artist away from the match reports but that is a different story.
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