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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 trophy cabinet.

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 Electric Six.

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.

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