The Tottenham Hotspur Reserves consist of mainly young players under the age of 21 who are no longer eligible for the academy but are still trying to make the step up to the senior team. The reserve team is also often used to give senior squad players and senior players returning from injury the chance to play and keep or build up match fitness.
The club announced on 12 June 2009 that for the 2009–10 season it would not be entering a team in the Reserve League. Instead the reserve players would be loaned out for first team experience, and if necessary friendly matches would be arranged as required during the season to test out players returning from injury.
In 1948 Tottenham entered an 'A' team into the Eastern Counties League. They won the League Cup in their first season and the league title and the East Anglian Cup in their second. In 1957–58 they again won both the league and East Anglian Cup and went onto win the League Cup the following season. They won three consecutive league titles in 1959–60, 1960–61 and 1961–62. In 1963 they left the ECL to join the Metropolitan League, which they won in 1966–67 as well as the League Cup in 1963–64 and the League Cup and Professional Cup in 1964–65. In 1969 they joined the South East Counties League, where they played until the formation of the Academy team in 1998, winning it three times between 1969 and 1973 and several times in the 1980s and 1990s.
During their time in the ECL the club played at White Hart Lane, as well as at Hoddesdon Town's Lowfield Ground (1950–51), the Hoddesdon Sports Arena (1951–52) and Brookfields Lane in Cheshunt (1952–1963)
The Tottenham Hotspur Academy coaches young footballers from the ages of 8 to 18 involving approximately 150 young players, looked after by 30 full-time and part-time staff. The academy features a network of 35 scouts who are tasked with finding the best local, national and international talent.
The Academy Manager is John McDermott. One of the former Youth Team coaches is Alex Inglethorpe who joined the club in 2006 after a two-year spell as manager of Exeter City. In November 2012 after six years service to Tottenham he joined Liverpool to become their Under-21 coach.
Clive Allen became the manager of the reserve team at the beginning of the season and led them to their first FA Premier Reserve League South title staying in 1st position from mid-December until the end of the season. They lost just three times during the league season. In the Barclays Premiership Reserve League Play-Off which is contested by the winners of the Southern and Northern Reserve League title winners Tottenham Reserves lost 2–0 to Manchester United Reserves at Old Trafford.
The 2006/07 was less successful for the reserve team with them finishing mid-table in fifth place behind league winners Reading, Watford, Chelsea and Leicester City. The academy team have made a vast improvement over the previous season and finished the league in third position in their Under 18 Group behind Reading and Leicester City.
The end of the season coincided with the end of a Tottenham career for Charlie Lee and Rob Burch with both being released to further their careers elsewhere.
In 2009 Grays Athletic this time loaned Lee Butcher another goalkeeper for a month and Gillingham acquired Barcham permanently. Charlie Daniels was allowed to join Leyton Orient on a free transfer. Button this time went on loan to AFC Bournemouth, made his league debut for them and Archibald-Henville went to Exter City, while Yuri Berchiche and David Hutton both moved to Cheltenham Town.