Travel Guide for Tottenham and Wembley
Below you will find your perfect guide for going to England to watch Tottenham at Wembley!
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First Division: 2 (last 1961)
FA Cup: 8 (last 1991)
League Cup: 4 (last 2008)
Cup Winners’ Cup: 1 (1963)
UEFA Cup: 2 (last 1984)
Pitch: 105 x 69 m
Opening match: 19 May, 2007 (Chelsea – Manchester United 1-0)
WEMBLEY STADIUM HISTORY
Just hours after Tottenham’s final home match of the 2016/17 season against Manchester United, the bulldozers moved in to start demolition of their famous White Hart Lane stadium.
A new, 61,000 capacity, arena is being built – on land next door, and partly on the site of the old White Hart Lane ground. To allow the construction work to be completed Spurs will be playing their 2017/18 league, cup and European fixtures at Wembley Stadium.
Wembley is, of course, the home of English football. The new stadium was opened in 2007 at a cost of £757 million. With 90,000 seats across three tiers, it is the largest stadium in the UK and the second largest in Europe.
The walk up Olympic Way towards Wembley Stadium on a major matchday is one of the most memorable experiences for any football supporter. The famous Wembley arch towering above the stadium roof is the world’s longest single span roof structure and can be seen for miles across the London skyline.
Wembley is used for all England national team home fixtures, domestic cup finals and league play-offs.
In addition it hosts NFL regular season fixtures, the rugby league Challenge Cup final and numerous major music concerts. The boxing match between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko in April 2017 attracted a crowd of 90,000, a British boxing record for the post-war period.
Since opening Wembley has hosted two UEFA Champions League finals and has been chosen to host the semi-finals and final of UEFA Euro 2020.
Jubilee line from central London to Wembley Park
Bakerloo line from central London to Wembley Central
Trains from Marylebone Station to Wembley Stadium
There are a number of bars close to the Wembley stations. These can get very busy on matchdays although the staff are used to serving big crowds. Often a fixed price of £5 per pint of beer is in operation – cash only! For some big fixtures, pubs may be allocated to each set of supporters.
Alternatively there are pubs close to other underground stations from where you can catch a direct train to Wembley Park. They include Finchley Road (The North Star, 104 Finchley Road) and Baker Street (Globe, 43 Marylebone Road, sometimes closed after the match).
Inside the stadium all concourses have a huge number of bars and kiosks.
Pubs close to Wembley Park Station:
First Class Sports Bar, 125 Wembley Park Drive
Wembley Tavern, 121 Wembley Park Drive
The Torch, Bridge Road, Wembley
Watkins Folly, 1 Empire Way
Pubs close to Wembley Stadium/ Wembley Central stations:
Green Man, Dagmar Avenue, Wembley
JJ Moon’s, 397 High Road, Wembley
Flannery’s Bar, 610 High Road, Wembley
Corner House, 313 Harrow Road, Wembley
WEMBLEY STADIUM TOUR
The Wembley Stadium Tour lasts 75 minutes and will take you to the dressing rooms, the managers’ benches, the players’ tunnel, press room and more. You even get a chance to lift a replica FA Cup!
It operates seven days a week throughout the year although it can be closed for stadium events. A 30-minute Mini Tour may run on days the Stadium Tour is not operating.
Tours are at 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00 and 16.00.
£20.00 – adults
£12.00 – students and pensioners
£50.00 – family ticket
Booking: 0800 169 9933
TOTTENHAM STORES OPENING TIMES
Official Club store
737 High Road
Tottenham, London N17 8AG
Tel: 0208 365 5042
33B Harvey Centre
Monday: 10.00 – 17.30
Tuesday – Saturday: 09.30 – 17.30
Sunday: 10.00 – 16.00
Tel: 01279 416171
46 Church Street
Enfield EN2 6AZ
Monday: 10.00 – 17.30
Tuesday – Saturday: 09.30 – 17.30
Sunday: 10.30 – 16.30
Tel: 0208 366 7768
Westgate Shopping Centre
Monday: 10:00 – 17:30
Tuesday – Saturday: 09:30 – 17:30
Sunday: 10:00 – 16:00
Tel: 01438 312430
TOTTENHAM TRAINING GROUND
Tottenham moved to their state of the art training centre at Enfield, North London in 2012. The 77-acre site in Hotspur Way is recognised as one of the best in Europe.
There are 15 grass pitches alongside a covered artificial pitch, pool complex, gymnasium and sports rehabilitation suites.
TOTTENHAM CLUB HISTORY
At a meeting under a street lamp in the corner of Park Lane and High Road in Tottenham, some schoolboys decided to start a football club. The year was 1882 and the team was named Hotspur FC after the first Earl of Northumberland, Harry Hotspur.
This man’s name was actually Sir Henry Percy, but was called Harry Hotspur for his heroic efforts on the battlefield during the 1400s.
The only problem was that there were two clubs with quite similar names: Hotspur FC and London Hotspur. Sometimes postmen were confused and delivered mail to the wrong address. Therefore, the club decided in 1884 to change their name to Tottenham Hotspur Football and Athletic Club.
The first competitive match was played in 1885 against St Albans in the London Association Cup and Tottenham won 5-2. Fifteen years later Tottenham won their first title: champions of the Southern League.
Non-league FA Cup winners
In 1901 Tottenham became the first and only team from outside the Football League to win the FA Cup. Playing in front of a record crowd at Crystal Palace – 110,000 spectators – Tottenham drew 1-1 against the overwhelming favourites Sheffield United.
In the replay at Burnden Park, Bolton, Tottenham surprisingly won 3-1.
It was 20 years before the club could repeat the success. This time the FA Cup final was played at Stamford Bridge and Wolverhampton Wanderers were beaten 1-0.
Tottenham win double
The first league championship came in 1951 and ten years later Tottenham performed an historic feat when they became the first club in the 20th Century to win the Double of both the league and FA Cup. In 1960/61 they scored no fewer than 115 goals in 42 matches.
The FA Cup was defended the following year when Burnley were beaten 3-1.
Tottenham wrote themselves into football history again in 1963, becoming the first British club to win a European cup title. Atletico Madrid were crushed 5-1 in Rotterdam when Spurs captured the Cup Winners Cup. During this season Jimmy Greaves scored 37 goals.
One man more than anyone else was behind these heydays –Bill Nicholson – and after a brilliant career as a player (1938 – 1955) he followed it with an equally successful time as a manager (1958 – 1974).
UEFA Cup win
The 1972 UEFA Cup Final was an all-english affair. After eliminating Milan in the semi-finals Spurs were pitched against Wolves. Tottenham took a grip on the cup by winning the away game 2-1 then back home at White Hart Lane a 1-1 draw was enough to see them lift the trophy.
After the World Cup in 1978 they recruited two players from the winning Argentinean team: Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricardo Villa. The latter was to determine the outcome of the FA Cup final in 1981 with a fabulous solo show in the replay that gave his side a 3-2 victory against Manchester City.
Tottenham defended the cup with victory in the final against Queens Park Rangers (1-1 and 1-0 in the replay). Glenn Hoddle scored both Spurs goals.
The club took its second UEFA Cup in 1984. In Brussels, Anderlecht’s Morten Olsen rescued a draw with a late goal and at White Hart Lane, it was Graham Roberts who repeated this feat, this time for Spurs.
The match was decided on penalties and Olsen and Roberts took the first kicks. But that night the Scandinavian players were off the mark. Morten Olsen missed and when the final penalty taker Arnor Gudjohnsen spurned his chance Tottenham could celebrate victory.
FA Cup success
In 1991 Spurs became the first club to win eight FA Cups. The final against Nottingham Forest finished 2-1, and the cup winning team included Gary Lineker and Paul Gascoigne.
In recent seasons, Tottenham’s supporters have begun to dream of a new great era. Two excellent seasons in the Premier League, a wise manager in Mauricio Pochettino and star shooters Harry Kane and Dele Alli promise good for the future.
The first match against arch-rivals Arsenal – then named Royal Arsenal – was in 1887. Because of the fading light the game was called off with a quarter of the match remaining, Tottenham were leading 2-1 at the time..
In 1895 Ernie Payne’s boots went missing so Tottenham lent him some money so that he could buy himself a new pair. When it came to the Football Association’s attention they suspended the club for two weeks for violating the amateur rules. In pure anger over this decision Tottenham ditched their amateur status and joined the professional Southern League.
Tottenham tried a variety of colour combinations on their kit in the early decades. One of the more original was the chocolate and gold used in 1896.
Tottenham v Terriers
On a slippery and muddy surface Tottenham took on reigning league champions Huddersfield in September 19, 1925. The hard hitting and physical visitors, also called the Terriers, took a 2-1 lead. Spurs managed to resist and turned the match around. As the end approached, Tottenham led 5-3. But Jimmy Seed was knocked unconscious and as there were no substitutes back then, Huddersfield saved this legendary match with two late goals.
In the 1959-60 season, Tottenham drew 2-2 away at Crewe Alexandra in the FA Cup fourth round. In the replay at White Hart Lane, it was much easier: 13-2. After this match Crewe left London from platform 13 at Euston Station and arrived at Crewe on platform 2. A coincidence – right?