For better or worse, all but the most minimal of contributors shape a football club's history. In that respect, Tottenham Hotspur are no different.
The North London outfit can count some of the finest players to have plied their trade on British shores among their number over the years. Plus plenty more besides have played their part in an engrossing modern era.
Focusing on the era beginning with Bill Nicholson's legendary reign as manager—one that included the first league and cup double of the 20th century, as well as the first European trophy won by an English club—this article looks decade-by-decade at the players who have shaped the modern Tottenham.
Some considerable talent misses out here. Not for a second is that a slight on the contributions of players the calibre of Cliff Jones, Alan Gilzean, Gary Mabutt and Luka Modric. They and many more have played their part in the notable moments and events of Spurs' past half-century and a bit.
The story of Spurs is not told just by the best players and their successes, however. It encompasses tragedy, betrayal, underachievement and the passing of time, too, all of it combining to build the version of the club that stands today.
Nicholson himself was part of a momentous era in that timeline. Like many players of his generation, his career lost several years to life and service during World War Two. The subsequent success he enjoyed as part of Arthur Rowe's "push and run" team paved the way for what he would achieve coaching his own team down the line.
Demonstrating the depth to which Spurs' history runs is the fact that Rowe himself was a player in the 1930s, his own career built on foundations laid over so many years before.
For purposes of brevity and a fear of not doing justice to those early pioneers, it is the latter half of the club's history that is examined here.
Read on for those who have followed in their wake down the years and the stories of their involvement with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.