The Spurs Shirt
A new official book on the history of the Spurs colours showcases the greatest collection of Tottenham Hotspur match worn shirts ever seen
The Spurs Shirt is the conclusion of three years of painstaking research. In the process a match worn example of almost every style of Tottenham Hotspur shirt (home and away) since the glory days of the 1960s – including a jersey from every post-war cup final Spurs have ever played in – has been tracked down and beautifully photographed to create a stunning coffee table book which offers a unique perspective on the illustrious history of the club.
The book contains over 200 shirts worn or prepared for more than 110 different Spurs players, including legends like Danny Blanchflower, Jimmy Greaves, Steve Perryman, Glenn Hoddle, Ossie Ardiles, Paul Gascoigne, David Ginola, Gareth Bale and Harry Kane. Each jersey conjures up memories and moments from Tottenham Hotspur’s glorious past – from Blanchflower lifting the FA Cup to seal the ‘Double’ in 1961 to Jurgen Klinsmann’s debut goal and dive celebration or Gareth Bale’s one-man demolition of Inter Milan in the Champions League. Gaze at Ricky Villa’s No.5 shirt from the 1981 FA Cup final replay and the memories of that mazy run through the Manchester City defence come flooding back.
The Spurs shirt comes attached with a myriad of myths and legends, all of which have been exhaustively researched so that the truth can be categorically revealed. Were Spurs really influenced by the colours of the once mighty Preston North End when they chose white shirts and navy shorts in the 1890s? Is it true that manager Bill Nicholson was copying the great Real Madrid side of the late 1950s and early 1960s when he sent the team out to play their first European campaign in 1961 wearing white shorts, starting a tradition that is still upheld today? Was the 1987 FA Cup final mix-up, when half of the shirts did not have the logo of sponsor Holsten on the front, really a publicity stunt? All is revealed in this sumptuous book.