Almost since their formation at the end of the nineteenth century, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have battled to become London’s top football club. Their rivalry was intensified in 1913 by Arsenal’s move from Plumstead to Highbury, only three miles from Tottenham’s White Hart Lane ground, and moreso in 1919 when Spurs were “robbed” of their First Division status by the clever lobbying and skillful manipulation of the Arsenal chairman, Sir Henry Norris.
The Battle of London takes an unbiased look at these events and tells the story of the rivalry between these two great clubs from the 1880s to the 1970s. In doing so author Rex Pardoe compares the achievements of Tottenham and Arsenal in their respective League and Cup doubles of 1960-61 and 1970-71 and looks at their successes in the European Cup Winners Cup and European Fairs Cup.
The final chapter containing comparative tables of the clubs’ achievements in the League and Cup has been fully updated.
About the author
Rex Pardoe was born a short distance from Tottenham’s ground in 1928 and whilst supporting the blue and white half of North London he has long admired their red and white neighbours. As a former journalist he edited the Guardian series of North London newspapers prior to his retirement. He also collaborated with Brian James on the authorship of The England-Scotland History of Soccer.