There are often claims that there is
only team in North London. Tottenham
I mean. So, is this just a
vain belief or is there some justification to the song ?
Well, Barnet are there, but being
non-league now, they can hardly challenge for the title against Spurs.
Enfield Ö who knows where they will have their next home ground
? Enfield Town might has
some claim to be a North London side, but having had to start near the
bottom of the non-league ladder, they are even lower down than Barnet.
As anyone knows, Arsenal cannot
hold North London as their home. As they originated in South London in
Woolwich, they are not from North of the river and the sooner they
disappear back to where they came from the better.
Moving 700 yards nearer their spiritual home is not enough by a
So, where do our main rivals for
one club in North London come from ?
We can rule out a lot of London clubs straight away.
Millwall hail from South London, Crystal Palace are based in
Surrey, as are Wimbledon before they move to Milton Keynes, that is.
Charlton would naturally be local rivals for Arsenal in the SE
postcode area. Chelsea and Fulham canít be considered as being classed as
North London, even though they are based on the right side of the river.
Both have SW in their postcodes and that stands for South-West.
Fulham have moved even further west, after moving in with QPR,
who have Brentford as their big rivals, just along the Westway and down
That leaves some of the clubs who
are across Hackney Marshes from White Hart Lane. Leyton Orient are really out in the Far East of London and
their true rivals are West Ham United, who are out to the North of them.
However, neither have an N in their postcode, which means that
they can battle out for the title of Kings of the East, without
troubling Tottenham for a place in the North.
So, it looks to me like Spurs have
the North of London to themselves as far as League football is
concerned. However, should
we have to play against Barnet and the Enfield sides for the title, you
never know what might happen !