Football in North London
|| If you venture
to this part of the capital you’ll find that football-loving
north Londoner’s are split into two camps - the
reds of Arsenal and the whites of Tottenham.
But even with two Premiership clubs based in the area,
there’s still plenty of support to go round. And
when a home game is imminent for either team – the
area buzzes with the anticipation of a win.
Over the years both teams have had their highs and lows,
and been able to claim the upper hand over their north
London stable mates, but in the 03/04 season there was
really no contest. While Tottenham ended the season
in mid-table mediocrity, Arsenal shone as they
not only won the Premiership but also, in the process
became the first team in over 100 years to go through
a season unbeaten.
Arsenal have had many triumphs over the years with some
of the greatest names in English Football; Alex
James and Ted Drake in the 30s
and since then Pat Rice, David
O'Leary, striking legend Ian Wright and more recently, Davor Suker, Sol
Campbell and Thierry Henry.
The club came from humble beginnings in 1886 when a few
workers at the Woolwich Arsenal Armament Factory decided
to get together to buy a football. Today the club is known
all over the world for consistently being one of the best
in the country.
Arsenal may be the best-supported club in the capital
but for years they were not admired for their style of
play being known as “boring boring Arsenal”.
Despite this however you could always hear Gunners’
fans singing their trademark chant of “one nil to
the Arsenal” from the Highbury [map] terraces. In 2004/05 Arsenal beat Manchester United on
penalties to win the FA Cup.
Arsenal now also have a successful women’s
team who, despite being less than ten years old, have
managed to make signiwhite hart lane, lonodonficant contributions to the club’s
Tottenham Hotspur FC is the older of
the two rivals but their beginnings in 1882 were no less
humble. The team started as a group of teenagers who used
to gather under a gas lamp where the ground now stands.
When the team began to run alongside the local cricket
club they acquired the name Hotspur which originates from
a gallant Shakespeare character named Harry Hotspur.
And when you hear a fan talking about one of their gallant
performances on the pitch, you can understand why this
name is appropriate. Of course the most gallant descriptions
of matches by Hotspur fans are usually reserved for the
times when they beat their main rivals Arsenal.
One of the most recent events was in 1991 when Tottenham
beat their rivals 3-1 when Arsenal were flying high in
the league and expected to take an easy victory.
Over the past century Tottenham’s home stadium at White Hart Lane [map] has grown in capacity from 2,500
to more than 36,000 today to hold their legion of supporters
and famous fans, including England cricketer Marcus Trescothick,
Anthony Costa from pop band Blue, and Detroit-based group
If you’d like to see a match involving either of
these teams at their home ground you should contact either Arsenal
FC or Tottenham
Hotspur FC directly.