Below is a newspaper article from September 1963, as appeared in The Official Illustrated History Of The Football League 1888 to 1988.
It describes Spurs as “the richest football club on earth”. It is surprising to think that Spurs haven’t won the title since doing the double in 1961.
Spurs relegation in 1977 (which ended 27 consecutive seasons in the top flight) was almost as shocking as Man United’s in 1974 (which ended 29 consecutive seasons in the top flight). In fact, before Man United’s relegation in 1974, only Arsenal had been continually in the top flight for longer.
Like Man United, Spurs bounced straight back up (albeit finishing third in the Second Division). This was followed by the stunning signings of Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricky Villa in 1978. Unfortunately, all they’ve had to show since then is success in cup competitions:
- FA Cup wins in 1981, 1982 and 1991.
- League Cup wins in 1999 and 2008.
- UEFA Cup win in 1984.
The highest they’ve finished in the league is third (1985, 1987, 1990).
It must be of scant consolation to Spurs that of the clubs currently of comparable history and status, Newcastle United and Sheffield Wednesday have gone longer without a title, while Spurs have not shot themselves in the foot as frequently as Newcastle United and (until very recently) Manchester City.
Newcastle United not having won any trophy since the Fairs’ Cup in 1968, and not having won any major domestic trophy since the FA Cup in 1955, is probably as bad as it gets for any “big” club.