Bobby Buckle

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Spurs team in 1885. Buckle bottom row second left

Bobby Buckle (1869–1959) was one of eleven schoolboys who founded the Hotspur Football Club in 1882 later to become Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.[1]

Robert Buckle is a man of firsts in Tottenham Hotspur's history, not only was he one of the founders but he was also elected the first ever captain of the club at its inception, just seven weeks before his 14th birthday, was featured in the club's first known line-up, and is Tottenham's first recorded goalscorer on 20 October 1883.

He served in varying capacities and being involved in many of the red letter events of the club's early history. He served on the committee from 1884, was appointed honorary secretary and treasurer in 1890 and was elected to the first board of directors in 1898.

Just two years later, at the turn of the century in 1900, Buckle resigned from the board after overseeing the adoption of professional status, the formation of the Limited Company and the move to the current home of the club White Hart Lane.

During his Tottenham career between the years of 1882 and 1895 he has a recorded 25 goals in 53 appearances although it is likely that this number is higher with unrecorded games taken into consideration.

As work began on the Northumberland Development Project to build Tottenham Hotspur a new ground in 2017, a group of fans began campaigning for a blue plaque to be mounted on the house in White Hart Lane where Buckle lived when he helped found the club and which became its first postal address.


  1. ^ The Tottenham & Edmonton Herald (1921). A Romance of Football, The History of the Tottenham Hotspur F.C. p. 4. 
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