Saturday, April 10, 1971

Tottenham Hotspur FC

Tottenham Hotspur 2 Ipswich Town 0 - Football League Division One

Tottenham is believed to have been named after Tota, a farmer, whose hamlet was mentioned in the Doomsday Book; hence Tota's hamlet became Tottenham. It was recorded in the Doomsday Book as Toteham. There has been a settlement at Tottenham for over a thousand years. It grew up along the old Roman road, Ermine Street (some of which is part of the present A10 road), and between High Cross and Tottenham Hale, the present Monument Way. From the Tudor period onwards, Tottenham became a popular recreation and leisure destination for wealthy Londoners. Henry VIII is known to have visited Bruce Castle and also hunted in Tottenham Wood. A rural Tottenham also featured in Izaak Walton's book The Complete Angler, published in 1653. In late 1870, the Great Eastern Railway introduced special workman's trains and fares on its newly opened Enfield and Walthamstow branch lines. Tottenham's low-lying fields and market gardens were then rapidly transformed into cheap housing for the lower middle and working classes, who were able to commute cheaply to inner London. The workman's fare policy stimulated the relatively early development of the area into a London suburb.

Tottenham Hotspur FC was formed in 1882, as Hotspur FC. Tottenham played their first matches at Tottenham Marshes on the available public pitches and remained there for six years. In 1898 the club moved from the marshes to Northumberland Park. They only remained at this ground for a year as it was no longer able to cope with the larger crowds and the Spurs were forced to move to a new larger site 100 yards down the road, to the current ground White Hart Lane. The club played in the Southern League until 1908, when it was elected into the Football League Second Division. Before this promotion Tottenham had won the FA Cup in 1901, making it the only non-League club to (or likely to) do so since the formation of the Football League. Tottenham Hotspur was also the first club in the 20th century to achieve the League and FA Cup Double, winning both competitions in the 1960–61 season.

This was my first visit to see Spurs and of course my first visit to White Hart Lane. I do not remember many details but do recall the journey to and from Northumberland Park by train from Harlow Town. The record books show a 2-0 victory for Spurs in front of a 28,708 crowd, courtesy of Martin Chivers and a Peter Morris own goal. Your ten year old correspondent was delighted with the result and his rosette! This was a decent season for Spurs finishing 3rd in the League, Quarter finalists in the FA Cup and winning the League Cup for the first time against Aston Villa at Wembley.

Attendance: 28,708
Programme: 5p

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