What It Means: The hamlet of a man named Tota; Toteham in the Domesday book. Part of the borough of Haringey since 1965.
Why It's There: on Ermine Street, the Roman road to York, and the River Lea, across which was Danelaw, and today Essex. The Great Eastern Railway turned it into a suburb in the 1870's.
Why They're There: two classic foundation stories in one - a church and a cricket club. Formed in 1882 by a bible class boys from All Hallows Church, but who also played for Hotspur Cricket Club, probably named after Harry Hotspur, local but absentee Geordie landowner of Shakespearian notoriety. Joined the Southern League in 1896 (when they made history by winning the 1901 FA Cup), the Football League in 1908, and immediately won Division Two.
The Field of Dreams: a disused nursery behind the White Hart pub and originally known as the High Road Ground - White Hart Lane runs away to the west the other side of it. Before that they played a goal kick down the road at Northumberland Park. Home to many an England game, London Moncarhs American Football team in the 1990's (even though the pitch was too short, but US marketing clout simply changed the rules), and where Michael Watson almost died in a fight with Chris Eubank in 1991. After failing to beat West Ham to the Olympic Stadium they're now building a new one next door - at a cost of £400 million, or to put it into context, 27 Riversides.
When it all began: October 1909, Spurs's first season in Division One. But the very first was in the 1905 FA Cup on this very same day, February 4th, when after a draw at Ayresome Park Spurs won the replay, as they have every one since.
Local Heroes: Bill Nicholson, Arthur Rowe, Dave Mackay, Danny Blanchflower, Jimmy Greaves, Steve Perryman, Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa, Jürgen Klinsmann, Harry Kane.
Local Villains: one above all, but with very good reason. After behind-the-scenes manoeuvring for which he'd have ended up in jail today Arsenal (and Fulham) chairman Henry Norris got himself and a mate onto the League management committee and when it expanded in 1919 "invited" Arsenal into Division One, despite being only fifth in Division Two. The team to miss out? Spurs. Norris was later banned for life by the FA.
High Point: the league and cup double in 1961; the Second then First Division titles in 1950 and 1951 (the last team to do it); eight FA Cups, four League Cups, two UEFA Cups and a Cup-Winners Cup.
Low Point: relegation to Division Two in 1977, just 10 years before leading a "Big Five" breakaway with ITV.
Boro Highs: 5-2 (August 1928), 4-0 (January 1975), 4-2 (September 1921)
Boro Lows: 1-7 (December 1952), 2-6 (February 1911), 3-5 (February 1913), 0-4 (March 2009)
Hello to: Joe Bell (November 1934), Bobby Corbett (December 1951), Mark Summerbell (April 1996)
Goodbye to: Harry Astley and Jim Bell (February 1905), Frank Dowson (May 1921), John Davison (January 1923), Dick le Flem and Don Ratcliffe (January 1966), Trevor Senior (September 1988); Marco Branca (September 1998), his only 24 minutes in the Premier League.
Boro Hero: Hamilton Ricard 1998-02, annual monstering of Sol Campbell, twice scoring twice in 3-goal wins; Billy Pease (August 1928) two in 5-2; Andy Wilson (September 1921), Jacky Carr (February 1913 & October 1914), Henry Carr (February 1911); Jimmy Groves (October 1909), the only others to score twice there.
Boro Villain: Les Bennet (December 1952), four goals in 1-7; Dan Steel (February 1911) hat-trick in 2-6; John Blair (September 1927) hat-trick in 1-4; Jonathan Grounds (April 2008) own goal in 1-1 draw; Mark Schwarzer (December 2004), kicked backpass straight at Freddie Kanouté for second goal in 0-2 (think Alvaro Negredo against Sheffield Wednesday).
Unexpected Item in Bagging Area: Michael Rickets (December 2003) late Carling Cup equaliser and only Boro goal from open play (the other three were penalties) on road to Cardiff; Jimmy Groves (October 1909) two in 3-1 win, and the only goals he ever got in five years.
Boro Bogeyman: Robbie Keane (December 2006), late winner, following career path that began as a teenager two minutes from time for Wolves eight years earlier. And Kanouté, back with a vengeance for Sevilla in the UEFA Cup final.
Boro Bad Boy: George Boateng (December 2006) off with Spurs' Didier Zokora for brawl at the end; Franck Queudrue (December 2004) off for two-footed tackle.
Typical Boro: 2-3 (September 1988), Boro take a 2-1 lead in injury time through Tony Mowbray after Bernie Slaven's first Division One goal then concede twice; 2-2 (December 1992), Boro coasting 2-0 up until a Sheringham penalty and Nick Barmby's first career goal. (0-2 (December 2004) Spurs had only won once at home and had lost six in a row
Nearly Boro: their last League Cup win in 2008 was thanks to a Jonathan Woodgate goal, meaning Harry Redknapp remains only the second English manager in the last 21 years to win a major trophy. The other of course had his hands on that same cup in 2004, one Steve McClaren.
Nearly Gazza: Harry Hotspur was a Geordie who moved to London, had a riotous time with a gang of mates including one called Archibald, terrorised the Scots, had a brief flirtation on the continent and ended up in pieces (in his case literally) before he was 40. Gazza at least is still around for his 50th birthday this year.
Football First: relegated in 1928 with the highest number of points ever with two for a win, 38 (the equivalent of 53 today). The team who went down with them with the second-highest total, one point and one place behind? Yes, MFC.
Football Fail: Graeme Souness, discarded after one sub appearance, and sold to Boro for just £32,500 in 1972.
Your Boys Took One Hell of a Beating: Adele (from just a few streets away), Rupert Grint, Jude Law, Steve McQueen (the director), Michael McIntyre, Emma Bunton, this being London a hefty chunk of the Metropolitan Elite - Salman Rushdie, Simon Schama, Anthony Worrall Thompson, Annie Mac (though with Richard Littlejohn and Ian Duncan-Smith it's hardly the Liberal Metropolitan Elite); the usual transatlantics - Adam Richman, Ray Liotta and Shania Twain; from across a rather smaller sea King Harald of Norway. As his father King Olaf supported Arsenal Det Kongelige Slott in Oslo could have been like Game of Thrones; And of course Fabio. Don't worry, there won't be a Boro fullback in two minds, this is the legendary Drum 'n Bass DJ and producer.