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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
10th December 1688 King James II flees London
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To Dare is To Do
1st 20th Century club to win league and FA Cup in same season
Location: Bill Nicholson Way, 748 High Road, Tottenham, N17 0AP
Description: Tottenham Hotspur Football Club commonly referred to as 'Spurs' reside at their North London home White Hart Lane, Tottenham, in the London Borough of Haringey.
White Hart Lane was originally a disused nursery owned by the brewery, Charringtons, and located behind a public house. The landlord realised the increased revenues he could enjoy if Tottenham played their matches behind his pub and the club moved in...and the rest they say is history.
The club's Latin motto is Audere est Facere (lit: To Dare is To Do), and its emblem is a cockerel standing upon a football, clever poultry that!
In 1882 the Hotspur Football Club was formed by grammar school boys from the bible class at All Hallows Church. They were also members of Hotspur Cricket Club and it is thought that the name Hotspur was associated with Sir Henry Percy (Sir Harry Hotspur) who was Harry Hotspur of Shakespeare's Henry IV, part 1, and who lived locally during the 14th century. His descendants owned land in the neighbourhood - hence the nickname 'Spurs'.
In 1884 the club was renamed Tottenham Hotspur Football and Athletic Club to distinguish itself from another team called London Hotspur.
The teams nickname 'band of honour' is that of the 'Yids' or 'Yiddos' (based on the local population) which they took to their heart after years of abuse from long-standing rivals and near neighbours Arsenal - matches between the two teams are known as the North London derby and are always highly volatile football affairs.
Tottenham were the first club in the 20th century to achieve the League and FA Cup Double, winning both competitions in the 1960-61 season.
Tagged in this Tour: Football Grounds of London