Strip Club–DFK Edition

Spurs first came to my attention because of David Ginola. Ginola had a couple of decent seasons at Newcastle before moving to London.  While at Spurs he produced this against Barnsley in the FA Cup.  In the summer of 2000, the Frenchman moved to Aston Villa, which did not please him.

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A friend of mine is a big fan and I started watching more of their games during the Berbatov/Keane partnership, and the Spurs became one of my many second teams.

As I reviewed the roster and results for the 2000/01 season,  I encountered several familiar names—Ian Walker, Sol Campbell, Stephen Carr, Chris Armstrong, Darren Anderton, Tim Sherwood, Les Ferdinand, Steffen Iversen, Serhiy Rebrov, Øyvind Leonhardsen, and Ledley King.  Even came across Matthew Etherington, who bounced around the EPL.

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Despite some pretty talented players, the Spurs struggled in the league finishing 12th.  The club also had to deal with managerial change as George Graham was fired in March and replaced by club legend Glenn Hoddle.  The League Cup did not provide any solace as the Lilywhites crashed out in third round to Birmingham City.  The one bright spot of the season was Semi-Final FA Cup run, which ended at the hands of London rivals Arsenal.  The Gunners won the match, played at Old Trafford, with goals from Viera and Pires overturning Gary Docherty’s opener.

The season also marked the 40th anniversary of the club’s historic Double season.  In doing some quick research, I learned that the team won 15 of their first 16 games, and won 22 of their 25 league fixtures from August to the end of year, with two draws and one loss.  The Spurs finished ahead of Sheffield Wednesday and Wolverhampton to claim the First Division and then beat Leicester City 2-0 at Wembley to complete the first Double since the Aston Villa side of 1896–97.

As for the away kit for the 2000/01 season, in reviewing their shirts over the years, I learned that navy blue used as used as the away kit from 1953 until 1969, switching to yellow and sky blue.  Navy blue returned as a third kit for 86/87 season and has been used sporadically since then.

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I just love the navy blue with the three adidas stripes along shoulders.  The white accents along the rib cage are a nice touch as well.  Combined with the white shorts and socks, this was a nice looking strip.  Shirts ran slightly larger in those days so I would probably need to get a size smaller than usual.  One day when I win the lottery I might pick one up.

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Thanks to Classic Football Shirts and Historical Football Kits for pics and information.

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