season 1908-1909

 

 
 
RESULTS.

English Division Two
Finished :  2nd

 

Date

Opponent

Venue

Result

Position

01.09.1909

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Home

3 - 0

-

05.09.1908

Leeds City

Away

0 - 1

-

12.09.1908

Barnsley

Home

4 - 0

-

19.09.1908

Bolton Wanderers

Home

2 - 1

-

26.09.1908

Hull City

Away

0 - 1

-

03.10.1908

Derby County

Home

0 - 0

-

10.10.1908

Blackpool

Away

1 - 1

-

17.10.1908

Chesterfield Town

Home

4 - 0

-

24.10.1908

Glossop North End

Away

1 - 1

-

30.10.1908

Stockport County

Home

0 - 0

-

07.11.1908

West Bromwich Albion

Away

0 - 3

-

14.11.1908

Birmingham

Home

4 - 0

-

21.11.1908

Gainsborough Trinity

Away

2 - 0

-

28.11.1908

Grimsby Town

Home

2 - 0

-

05.12.1908

Fulham

Away

3 - 2

-

12.12.1908

Burnley

Home

4 - 2

-

19.12.1908

Bradford Park Avenue

Away

2 - 0

-

25.12.1908

Oldham Athletic

Away

0 - 1

-

26.12.1908

Oldham Athletic

Home

3 - 0

-

28.12.1908

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Away

0 - 1

-

02.01.1909

Leeds City

Home

3 - 0

-

09.01.1909

Barnsley

Away

1 - 1

 -

23.01.1909

Bolton Wanderers

Away

1 - 0

-

30.01.1909

Hull City

Home

0 - 0

-

13.02.1909

Blackpool

Home

4 - 1

-

27.02.1909

Glossop North End

Home

3 - 3

-

06.03.1909

Stockport County

Away

3 - 1

-

08.03.1909

Chesterfield Town

Away

3 - 1

-

13.03.1909

West Bromwich Albion

Home

1 - 3

-

20.03.1909

Birmingham

Away

3 - 3

-

27.03.1909

Gainsborough Trinity

Home

1 - 1

-

09.04.1909

Clapton Orient

Home

0 - 1

-

10.04.1909

Fulham

Home

1 - 0

-

12.04.1909

Clapton Orient

Away

0 - 0

-

17.04.1909

Burnley

Away

2 - 1

-

24.04.1909

Bradford Park Avenue

Home

3 - 0

-

28.04.1909

Derby County

Away

1 - 1

-

 

 
Played Won Drew Lost Goals for Goals against Goal diff. Points
38 20 7 11 67 32 +35 51

 

 
 
Tottenham's first Football League campaign ended with success, but arose out of dissatisfaction.   

Having got fed up with the way the Southern League was organised and having endured a bad season, Spurs applied to join the Football League and as was customary at that time, the decision was put to the vote.  Grimsby Town, Chesterfield and Bradford Park Avenue were all ahead of Tottenham in the election for teams to play in Division Two.  Just when it looked like Spurs might be without a league to play in, Stoke City made the tough decision to leave the league because of monetary issues.  This left a place up for grabs and it was between Tottenham and Lincoln City, causing a ballot that brought two tied votes, before the chairman of the league cast his deciding vote in Tottenham's favour.  This saw Spurs replace the league's bottom club Lincoln for their first crack at Second division football. 

The previous campaign in non-league was dis-jointed with a big change in personnel, the manager Fred Kirkham being sacked after 15 months of a four year contract and the board taking the managerial responsibilities until the end of the season.  One of the directors at the time was the legendary striker Vivian Woodward, who was a gentleman sportsman and often was forced to miss the start of the football season because of his commitment to Spencer Cricket and Lawn Tennis club.  However, following the promotion to the League, he was happy to shelve his cricketing duties to play for Tottenham. 

The first match of the Second Division season saw Wolverhampton Wanderers arrive at White Hart Lane.  Wolves were the current holders of the FA Cup and with the league scheduled to start on 1st September, it fell on a Tuesday, so an afternoon kick-off did well to attract a crowd of 20,000, who were there to witness a 3-0 victory for Spurs and their first league points. 

With Woodward choosing not to travel to Leeds City for the second match, he stayed in the South to play cricket and this allowed Billy Minter to stake his claim in the team.  He remained in the side when forward Doug MacFarlane failed to impress and lost his place when Woodward decided to return. 

Having lost 0-1 in Leeds, Tottenham returned home and so did Woodward to record a 4-0 win over Barnsley with winger Bert Middlemiss scoring a brace and he was on the score-sheet again in a win over Bolton Wanderers at White Hart Lane.  This was the last game for a while with Woodward in the eleven before Spurs were deprived of his presence through re-joining his cricket team and being summoned to captain the Great Britain Olympic football team in the 1908 London Games. 

With the talisman missing in six matches, Spurs lost all but one and that came against struggling Chesterfield.  There was a problem on Woodward's return, with him taking MacFarlane's place, with Minter slotting in as centre-forward, reluctantly as it proved.  After losing to West Bromwich Albion 1-3, the director slipped into the striker's role and proved a hit seven goals in six straight wins.  Minter also thrived playing off the centre forward, scoring four times.  The end of the winning run came against Oldham Athletic 1-0 on Christmas Day.  It was another match that Tottenham had to play without Woodward, who liked to spend Christmas Day at the family home in Clacton. 

He made himself available for the return against Oldham at White Hart Lane and was a scorer in a 3-0 victory that saw Spurs return to winning ways, with a crowd  of 40,000 looking on.  A 3-0 win against Leeds City with Minter scoring a brace followed, as he also did in a 4-3 away FA Cup win against Manchester City at Hyde Road – a shock back then, with City residing in the First Division.  The run continued with a 1-0 win over Fulham at the Lane, but Burnley's 0-0 draw at Spurs took them back to Lancashire, where the Clarets won 3-1 to bring the Cup campaign to a halt. 

A long-running dispute over the registration of 34 year old centre-half Walter Bull was finally brought to a conclusion in March 1909, with a fee of £300 being paid to his former club Notts. County, even though he had been at Tottenham since May 1904.  The transfer had seen Spurs originally offer £125, but when it was finally done, he partnered the team captain Danny Steel in the middle of defence to give opponents a tough time trying to break through. 

This proved the case when Bull finally got in the team, with a 3-1 score-line at Stockport County, but two games later, Tottenham lost their first home game of the season to West Bromwich Albion, who swapped places with them at the top of the table with a 3-1 triumph.  A late equaliser by Vivian Woodward saved Tottenham, as they won a point at Birmingham with a 3-3 draw. 

Woodward's place in the club's history is well known, but the regard in which the club held this player and administrator was truly reflected when they were visited by Gainsborough Trinity in the next game.  Having an appointment as the best man at a wedding, Tottenham put the kick off back for one hour to accommodate the great man's presence in the match, but it did not pay off, as Woodward suffered an injury and was a passenger for the majority of the 1-1 draw.  Viv was out for the next match, which Spurs won 2-1 at Grimsby and although he was back in the team for the visit of Clapton Orient on Good Friday, which turned out to be a bad Friday with a 0-1 reverse. 

The games came thick and fast at Easter and on the Saturday, Tottenham travelled across London to meet Fulham and it was Woodward who proved to be the difference, as he manfully played through the 90 minutes still suffering, but scoring the only goal of the game.   0-0 draw at Clapton Orient was played out on Easter Monday at the same time as Bolton Wanderers were replaced at top by West Bromwich Albion, who beat them 2-0. 

It was nip and tuck at the top and when WBA lost 1-2 at Derby County, the Rams were again hosts two days later, when Spurs reached the Baseball Ground.  Derby went ahead in the first half, but Spurs hit back in the second half with forward Bobby Steel netting an equaliser that gave Tottenham the point to secure promotion in their first season in the league.   

When the team came back by train, a crowd of thousands of Spurs fans greeted them as did a band at Seven Sisters and a reception at the Tottenham Palace theatre.  Although the promotion had been achieved, the hope of a championship win was extinguished with Derby County losing to Bolton Wanderers in their fifth game in ten days, to give the Trotters top spot above Spurs by a single point. 

It had been a truly amazing campaign, coming after the upheavals of the last Southern League season, but having the Football League's Player of the Year – Vivian Woodward - in the team, being responsible for scoring 18 goals in 27 matches he played, he was a pivotal player in the team's success.  Others were also vital to the team, with Danny Steel and Walter Bull's partnership at the back, the industry of the marvellously named Jabez Darnell, the experienced Tom Morris' solid performances at half back, keeper Fred Boreham's reliable presence and the added goals from Billy Minter, Bobby Steel and winger Bert Middlemiss all combined with then other members of the squad to take Spurs straight through to the First Division.

 

 
 
 
END OF SEASON TOUR
 

 

Spurs undertook an overseas tour to South America, along with Everton.


In May 1909, the team set sail for Argentina and Uruguay to play seven matches, with two against Everton and the remaining five against local sides.

 

 

5th June 1909

Everton (Palermo)
Drew 2-2

Spurs : -  Boreham, Coquet, Wilkes, Bull, D. Steel, MacFarlane, Curtis, Minter, Tull, Clark, Middlemiss

Scorers : - Tull, Middlemiss

 

 

10th June 1909
Uruguay League (Montevideo)
Won 8-0

Spurs : -  Boreham, Coquet, Wilkes, Morris, D. Steel, Bull, Curtis, Minter, McConnor, Clark, Middlemiss

Scorers : -  Curtis 2, Minter 2, McConnor, Clark 3

 

 

13th June 1909
Argentinos (
Palermo)
Won 1-0

Spurs : -  Boreham, Coquet, Wilkes, Morris, D. Steel, MacFarlane, Curtis, Minter, McConnor, Clark, Middlemiss

Scorers : -  McConnor

 

 

16th June 1909
Lida Argentina (
Palermo)
Won 4-1

Spurs : -  Boreham, Coquet, Wilkes, Bull, D. Steel, MacFarlane, Curtis, Minter, Tull, Clark, Middlemiss

Scorers : -  Bull, Minter, Clark, MacFarlane


 

19th June 1909

Everton (Palermo)
Lost 0-4

Spurs : -  Boreham, Coquet, Wilkes, Bull, D. Steel, Morris, Curtis, Minter, Tull, Clark, Middlemiss

Scorers : - Tull, Middlemiss


 

20th June 1909

Rosario (Rosario)
Won 9-0

Spurs : -  Unknown

Scorers : - Unknown


 

24th June 1909

Alumini (Alumini)
Won 5-0
Spurs : -  Boreham, Coquet, Wilkes, Morris, D. Steel, Bull, Curtis, MacFarlane, Minter, Tull, Middlemiss

Scorers : - Morris, Curtis, Minter 2, MacFarlane




On the return boat trip there was a fancy dress competition, with two players appearing as Robinson Crusoe and Man Friday with a parrot on a shoulder.  

The parrot was said to have been adopted as a pet by the club.

The club did not know if the story was authentic, but it is said that the parrot died the day Tottenham failed to get re-elected to the First Division at the League's Annual meeting in 1919.

 

 

 
 
RECORDS.
 

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NOTES.
 

 

The 1908 Ezra Read composition, “The Football Match” for the pianoforte, was said to be a tribute to the achievements of Tottenham Hotspur.

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SCORERS.
 

 

LEAGUE

 

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- - - - - -
- - - - - -
- - - - - -
- - - - - -
- - - - - -
           

 


FA CUP

 

 

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LEAGUE CUP

 

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PLAYER TOTALS

  

Player League FA Cup League Cup Others Total
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           

 

 

 
 
APPEARANCES
(Subs appearances in brackets)

 
Player League FA Cup League Cup Others
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         

 

 

 

NEW PLAYERS
 
SUMMER
- (goalkeeper/defender/midfielder/forward) £- From Date
- (goalkeeper/defender/midfielder/forward) £- From Date
- (goalkeeper/defender/midfielder/forward) £- From Date
- (goalkeeper/defender/midfielder/forward) £- From Date
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WINTER
- (goalkeeper/defender/midfielder/forward) £- From Date
- (goalkeeper/defender/midfielder/forward) £- From Date
- (goalkeeper/defender/midfielder/forward) £- From Date
       
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PLAYERS WHO LEFT BEFORE THE SEASON
 
- (goalkeeper/defender/midfielder/forward)  - To Date
- (goalkeeper/defender/midfielder/forward)  - To Date
- (goalkeeper/defender/midfielder/forward)  - To Date
- (goalkeeper/defender/midfielder/forward)  - To Date
- (goalkeeper/defender/midfielder/forward)  - To Date
- (goalkeeper/defender/midfielder/forward) £ To Date
- (goalkeeper/defender/midfielder/forward) £ To Date
- (goalkeeper/defender/midfielder/forward) £ To Date

 

NEW STAFF
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
EXECUTIVE

- (Vice-Chairman)
- (Finance Director)
- (Football Director)

NON-EXECUTIVE

- (Chairman)
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CLUB STAFF
Company Secretary -
Club President -
Club Vice-Presidents -
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Vice-Presidents -
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CLUB MANAGEMENT
 
FIRST TEAM
Manager -
Assistant Manager -
First Team Coach -
First Team Assistant Coach -
Coaches -

 

 

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