"It's been my life, Tottenham Hotspur, and I love the club." - Bill Nicholson
" I would run through brick walls for Spurs " - Graham Roberts
The history of tottenham hotspur
1882 - What was to become the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club was formed by boys from Hotspur cricket club and from St. John's Presbyterian local grammar school, who used to meet under a street lamp on Tottenham High street close to the site of the current ground. The first name used was 'Hotspur FC' , named after the Duke of Northumberland's son Percy, who went by the nickname "Harry Hotspur" and who's fearless heroics would come to symbolize the character of the club. The above picture is the only remnant left from the symbolic year , the Hotspur Club Book
1909 - The cockerel and ball first appeared in 1909 when a former player W J Scott cast a copper centerpiece to perch on the new west stand. Our world-famous ball-and-cockerel emblem is believed to have its origins in cock-fighting, because combative cocks were fitted with tiny spurs. The origin of the cockerel symbol has never been satisfactorily been explained. Harry Hotspur after whom the club was named wore spurs while leading his troops into battle. The spurs which were attached to the legs of fighting cocks were similar and the club's badge in the nineteenth century was a simple spur. Somewhere along the line a link was made between the fighting cock and the cockspur and the cockerel took over as the symbol. It became firmly established as the symbol in 1910 when the cockerel and ball were erected on the roof of the main stand. The two lions rampant are taken from the crest of the northumberland family who feature heavily in the history of the local area. Our motto "Audere est Facere" is Latin inscription, the literal translation meaning "to dare is to do.
2010 - Spurs took the Champions League by storm, beating Italian giants and reigning champions Inter Milan to finish top of the group. They also knocked out AC Milan to reach the quarter finals. The dream run eventually ended at the hands of Real Madrid in the quarter finals. Gareth Bale announced himself to the world with a hat-trick at the San Siro against Inter and another devastating performance in the return leg at the Lane.
2012 - Harry Redknapp is sacked and replaced by highly-rated young Portuguese manager Andre Villas Boas who leads Spurs to a club-record haul of 72 points in the Premier League era.