Tottenham v QPR (1902) [Photo: Logan Holmes]

Tottenham On This Day: Non-League Spurs Win London League


Tottenham v QPR (1902) [Photo: Logan Holmes]

Tottenham v QPR (1902) [Photo: Logan Holmes]

Tottenham on this Day

30th March, 1903

Tottenham Hotspur 3 Queen’s Park Rangers 0 (London League)

Scorers: Hughes (pen), Cpoeland, Chalmers

Team: Williams; Erentz, Tait; Burton, Morris, Hughes; Dryburgh, Golhooley, Houston, Copeland, Chalmers

 In the early 1900s non-League Spurs played in three Leagues – the Southern League, the Western League and the London League as well as different Cup competitions. Over the course of the season that entailed Spurs playing a total of 56 league games – 30 in the Southern, 16 in the Western and 10 in the London League.

The London League games were usually played on a Monday, the team having fulfilled their Southern League fixture on the Saturday. The London League games were played between October and March with the free Mondays being used for the Western league matches.

The other teams who took part in the London League were West Ham, Woolwich Arsenal, Millwall, Queen’s Park Rangers and Brentford.

This victory over QPR in the London League match ensured that Spurs won that competition finishing four points ahead of West Ham United with Woolwich Arsenal a further point behind in 3rd.

P  10  W  7  D  1  L  2  For  19  Ag  4  Pts  15

The goals were scored by Ted Hughes (pen), David Copeland and James Chalmers. The team which played against Rangers contained 7 players who had turned out on the previous Saturday in a Southern League game at home to Reading – Erentz, Tait, Morris, Hughes, Dryburgh, Copeland and Chalmers. Of those players, 5 had been in Tottenham’s FA Cup winning team of 1901.

The one notable absentee from the London League team was centre-forward, Vivian Woodward, one of the best players of his generation. He was an amateur player and during the week carried on with his duties in his business as an architect.

This was the last season that Spurs played the first team in the London League as from the following season it became a reserve competition.

in 1902-03 Tottenham finished 4th in both the Southern and Western Leagues.

Tags: 30th March 1903 London League Non-League Soccer Tottenham Hotspur

  • chris

    Like the old photos of WHL. I wish Spurs could find a way to build the new stadium around the current historic pitch, but I suppose fairly close is OK, if or when it happens.

    • Logan Holmes

      That would be the ideal solution but unfortunately it’s not going to happen.