How Tottenham’s actions inadvertently helped Arsenal into the first division

If you are a regular reader of this site you will probably have read how Arsenal helped Tottenham get elected to the Football League in 1908, after the League had turned them down.   We know why many clubs would not vote for Tottenham to join the League in 1908 – they had resigned from the Southern League assuming their position in the Football League was secure – an assumption that was ill founded.  When the League turned Tottenham down in 1908, Tottenham applied to rejoin the Southern League, but the Southern League said “no”, unhappy about Tottenham’s actions, thus leaving Tottenham  without a League.   However at the last minute a place became avaialable (full details in the article above) and so Tottenham applied again, and with Arsenal’s vote, just scraped in.
But why were clubs against Tottenham?...

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