50 years ago today, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club of Middlesex became a North London club.
On April 1st 1965, the Municipal Borough of Tottenham, within the County of Middlesex, which White Hart Lane sits within, was abolished and combined with other districts in the area to create the London Borough of Haringey under the London government Act 1963.
This jurisdiction change created a rivalry with London’s existing North London club, Arsenal, who had resided in the Metropolitan Borough of Islington, within the County of London before the boundary changes, for 52 years. Up until 1965, Arsenal were the only London Club. In fact, Arsenal were London’s first Football Club, having originated in the Metropolitan Borough of Woolwich, also in the County of London (and not the County of Kent as some think).
Arsenal did not protest about Tottenham becoming a North London rival, despite the move creating two clubs in the same area, and potentially damaging Arsenal’s London fan base.
Up until this point, North London was Red. Since this point, North London is Red.
So to our little sister up the Road, Happy Anniversary.
For further reading on the matter, please visit the brilliant blog by angryofislington