Tottenham Hotspur have earned an unfortunate reputation for ‘bottling’ results and going trophy-less for way too long. Spurs’ last trophy was way back in 2008 when they managed to win the Carabao Cup (then known as the Carling Cup).
It’s not like the Lilywhites haven’t had a chance to compete for trophies after that. They miraculously got to the finals of the UEFA Champions League in the 2018/19 season, only to lose in the final to Premier League rivals Liverpool. They even competed strongly in the Premier League quite a few times under Mauricio Pochettino, but came up short when things got heated.
Spurs’ last first-division league title was way back in 1960-61 and their last ‘major trophy’ was the FA Cup title win in 1991. They have been toothless when competing for trophies in the 21st century and earned an unfortunate ‘bottlers’ tag.
With that being said, it appears that even if the senior Tottenham team struggle to secure a top-4 finish in the Premier League this season – their junior players are doing quite well for themselves.
Tottenham Hotspur currently boasts a really solid youth academy and has packed their youth sides with a lot of quality players. The Lilywhites U17 side have been performing at a high level this season and achieved something impressive recently.
Spurs U-17 side won the 2022-23 U-17 Premier League Cup title after defeating Nottingham Forest U17 in the final by a margin of 6-1. The U17 Premier League Cup is a cup-based competition which features some of the best U17 sides in England – even teams that are not featured in the Premier League too.
Tottenham U17 had actually lost the final of the 2021-22 U17 Premier League Cup to Manchester City last season. But they ensured that the same was not repeated this time out, defeating the likes of Aston Villa and Chelsea en route to success.
The U17 Premier League Cup marks the first-ever trophy that the Spurs U17 side has won at a competitive level. The ecstatic celebration from the players after winning the game shows just how happy they are to have won their first real silverware in their careers.
But not just the players themselves, but a lot of Spurs’ fans are delighted to have seen at least one of their sides win something. This has actually sparked some emotional reactions for a few supporters, who have been tormented by years of seeing their senior team unable to go all the way into actually winning a trophy.
Even though those supporters are guaranteed to attract a lot of mockery from rivals fans for celebrating this kind of cup, the Spurs fans have insisted that they have every right to celebrate this as it showcases the progress at their academy level and how good their youth teams are.
Some fans are just emotional to be able to hear Spurs ‘Glory Glory Tottenham Hotspur’ theme song play while their players are lifting an actual trophy, something which hasn’t happened for over a decade now.
Tottenham’s senior team has no real chance of winning any silverware this season anymore. But fans will hope that the senior players can watch and learn from their junior counterparts to finish the current season strongly and finally break their trophy drought by at least winning a cup competition next season.