Rivalries in Sport: Arsenal Vs Tottenham Hotspur

Rivalries in Sport: Arsenal Vs Tottenham Hotspur

Examples of rivalries within the world of sport can be seen all the time. Whether it is between clubs, nations, individuals or franchises. In most cases, rivalries usually date back to a distant past issue between two people/organisation that most of us do not remember or more likely were not even alive for. But the rivalry and animosity felt by fans especially, seem to intensify and become more deep-rooted year upon year. One of the biggest rivalries within the world of sport (for me anyway) comes from the two north London premier league football clubs, Arsenal and Tottenham.


Arsenal Vs Tottenham 2007


In recent times the contest between the two clubs has become even more fierce (Arsenal were for a very very long time the dominant force) with fans seeming to dislike each other’s teams more so than ever. With the advent of social media, fans can upload their thoughts about one another’s team’s in an instant and opinions are readily available and are normally not the most flattering. I will readily confess I don’t like Tottenham Hotspur, even typing the name makes me cringe slightly but in the pursuit of fairness, I will try and keep my allegiances to one side (probably won't be able to though).


This rivalry all started way back in 1913 when Arsenal (then Woolwich Arsenal) moved from their original home in Woolwich South London. At that time two clubs were already based in North London Tottenham and Clapton Orient (now Leyton Orient). Both clubs were vocal opponents of this move uptown and lobbied heavily against it even getting the backing of some of the locals in the process. Fortunately for us, the complaints were ignored and the mighty Arsenal as we know and love today made Highbury their home ground and went on to dominate the region of London for decades to come. Success in most cases breeds envy and in the past winning trophies (sealing the league title at white hart lane in 1971 & 2004 must have hurt) whilst your team goes without can bring a level of envy.


Tottenham Hotspur Stadium


The rivalry between two teams is a funny thing and is pretty much ingrained into fans and some professional athlete’s from a very young age. I supported Arsenal from a young age because of my brother and the fact they had a string of my favourite players (Kanu, Henry, Bergkamp, Overmars, Petit and Patrick Viera). My all-time favourite player Sol Campbell came to Arsenal from the very enemy himself (Tottenham) and was branded a traitor and all other very colourful names for just moving down the road. It goes to show the power of rivalry that to this day Sol is still vilified by Spurs fans. Of course, a former Arsenal manager George Graham went the other way, having also played for Arsenal in his career, how dare he become the manager of Tottenham Hotspur when he did in an Arsenal Fans eyes!

At the end of the day rivalry and friendly “banter” is all well and good and I welcome it! But this should never become bitter, deep-set or turn violent. Sport should be loved and inclusive of everyone whatever their team, background, race, religion or sexuality. This blog is purely for entertainment purposes and not written to cause offence.


Emirates stadium




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