Tottenham Hotspur Away & Third Strips 1899-2015
An illustrated guide to all of Tottenham Hotspur's away and third strips from 1899-2015.
The earliest records of Tottenham's change colours are the chocolate and gold striped shirts with navy shorts first worn during the 1899-1900 season.
A similar strip, but using hoops instead of stripes, was worn against the German FA team on January 8th 1901.
Tottenham's change strip from season 1921-22 was blue and white strips which soon gave way to blue and white hoops.
For much of the 1960's navy blue shirts were mostly used until yellow was introduced in 1967 and remained until the light blue away shirts of 1982.
A bewildering array of colours were used for the away and third strips from the 1990s onwards with the special edition chocolate and gold strip
of 2006 proving very popular as it revived a far earlier pre-Football League colour scheme used by Tottenham Hotspur.
Tottenham Hotspur Club Crest & Badge
The Hotspur Football club started life in 1882 with an embroidered "H" surrounded by a shield on their navy blue shirts.
The next season saw the initials "HFC" in pale blue which gave way to a Maltese Cross on our "Blackburn Rovers" homage shirt of 1884, which was when the club was re-named Tottenham Hotspur, to avoid confusion with a rival club from South-West London who went by the name of London Hotspur and played at Syon Park.
There is some evidence to suggest that Spurs used a styalised riding spur as their crest some time after.
The famous fighting cockerel was adopted as the club crest after our second FA Cup win in 1921 and has remained on the shirts ever since. He was initially rather plump but he managed to slim-down in time for our first Football League Championship in 1951.
Metal spikes, or spurs, are traditionally fitted to fighting cockerel's legs. The cockerel was given a 1920s-style ball to perch on in the mid-1960s.
A more complex crest was adopted for a short while in the late 1990s featuring local landmarks such as Bruce Castle and seven trees which represented the seven sisters who planted them (and who the road was named after). A pair of red lions come from the Northumberland family crest, which has strong connections to the Tottenham area.
A simplified club crest was adopted in 2007 for the club's 125th anniversary and is still in current use, athough the wording "Tottenham Hotspur" does not appear on the shirts. The Latin club motto "Audere Est Facere" roughly translates as "To Dare Is To Do".