Tottenham Hotspur Honours and Trophies
As Spurs fans, we’re constantly reminded of the last time Tottenham won a trophy and while the current drought might have extended for over ten years, if we look back through history, we can all be rightly proud.
Hopefully it won’t be too long before the team under Jose Mourinho adds to the Tottenham honours board but for now, let’s take a look back at the long list of trophies that our club has won.
First and the Best
Tottenham Hotspur currently hold a unique record and it’s one that may never be equalled. Spurs are the only non-league side to have ever won the FA Cup and, when you consider how powerful the top divisions are in the present day, we’re likely to be the last to achieve that feat.
The final in question came in 1901 when Spurs beat Sheffield United when the club was in the Southern League. A 2-2 draw in the first game forced the tie into a replay which we won by three goals to one and shortly after that, Tottenham became a fully fledged league side.
In total, the FA Cup has been in Spurs’ trophy cabinet on eight separate occasions. The last of these wins came in 1991 when Tottenham beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 so another success in this competition is clearly overdue.
The Last Time
The last time Tottenham won a trophy – at the time of writing – was in 2008 when the club won the League Cup at the new Wembley Stadium. Spurs beat Chelsea 2-1 with the winner coming from Jonathan Woodgate.
This is another trophy that has been kind to us over the years and we have lifted the cup four times to date. Along with that 2008 success, Tottenham have claimed the League Cup in 1971, 1973 and 1999.
Spurs recorded another ‘first’ when they won the European Cup Winners Cup in 1963 – beating Atletico Madrid in the final. In doing so, we became the first British side to win a European club trophy but the run of success didn’t end there.
Nine years later, we were the first club to win the UEFA Cup – beating Wolverhampton Wanderers in a two-legged final. To be fair, the newly-formed trophy was essentially a rebranding after the former Fairs Cup had been dissolved but it was still another first.
Tottenham would win the UEFA Cup again in 1984 when we came through against Anderlecht in that dramatic penalty shootout. After stand-in skipper Graham Roberts equalised late on, goalkeeper Tony Parks, deputising for Ray Clemence, saved the crucial spot kick to seal the trophy in dramatic fashion.
That was our last success in Europe although we came agonisingly close to winning the Champions League in 2019. Prior to that, the club had got to the semi final of the European Cup but we have yet to win Europe’s premier domestic trophy.
Spurs have yet to win the Premier League but we have been champions of the top division on two occasions. The first of these came at the end of the 1950/51 season when the famous ‘push and run’ side under Arthur Rowe finished the campaign four points clear of second placed Manchester United.
When the club won the first division for the second time at the end of the 1960/61 season, they made history once again. In doing so they became the first club to complete the double of the league title and the FA Cup inside the twentieth century and this is another inaugural success that we can be rightly proud of.
It’s been a long wait since that league title of 1961 but the club did come close under Mauricio Pochettino. At present, we are undergoing something of a rebuild but let’s hope that our time will come again.
For now, we wait for the club to add to the list of Tottenham honours but what is the current tally in terms of major trophies?
As we’ve mentioned during this round up, Spurs have won two first division titles and we’ve also lifted the FA Cup on no fewer than eight occasions. There have been four successes in the League Cup and the club has also lifted silverware on the European stage. To date, Tottenham have won the UEFA Cup twice and we were the first British club to win a European Trophy when we claimed the Cup Winners Cup in 1963.
Spurs have also won the second tier title on two occasions – most notably in 1949/50 when we went on to claim the first division crown in the following year. Finally, we have also won the Charity Shield on seven occasions.
What’s really notable about this run down is the fact that we have recorded so many ‘firsts’. The club motto is Audere est Facere which, when translated from the Latin, means to Dare is to Do and that inspirational text has seen the club go into uncharted territory on so many occasions.
Overall. it’s a good list and one to look back on with fond memories but as we finish off with some FAQs, the big question is when will the next piece of major silverware be coming our way?
How many trophies have Tottenham won?
If we’re talking about major trophies, there have been 17 trophies in total. In making that calculation we have taken into account the first division championship, the FA Cup, the League Cup, the UEFA Cup and the European Cup Winners Cup.
When did Tottenham last win a trophy?
At the time of writing in 2020, Tottenham last won a trophy in 2008 when we beat Chelsea by two goals to one in the League Cup Final. Our goals on that day came from Dimitar Berbatov and Jonathan Woodgate.
Have Spurs ever won the Champions League?
Tottenham have yet to win the Champions League and their best finish was an appearance in the final against Liverpool in 2019. Liverpool won the game 2-0.
Have Tottenham ever won the Premier League?
Spurs haven’t won the Premier League as of 2019/20 but they did win the first division which was the top flight trophy in England prior to 1992. Tottenham claimed this trophy twice – in 1951 and 1961.