Almost Weekly Blog – 6th March

Posted by John Devlin

A relief to everyone I’m sure that it looks like that ‘new’ England shirt is a fake. Umbro are planning a dramatic unveiling when the side strip of their tracksuits for the Slovakia game. Umbro are really stepping up their marketing in time for the launch and have also been researching details of their past kits and their magnificent heritage. In case you missed Denis Hurley’s post elsewhere on my site a superb photo collection of their shirts can be viewed at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/umbrofootball/sets/72157613662155207/

Umbro also have a fascinating blog thats well worth reading:

http://blog.umbro.com/blogs/

Seems to be a lot of red on the site…hmmm.

A while ago my friend Shakey, a massive football shirt collector (especially Wales) mentioned he’d met up with ex-Spurs kitman Roy Reyland who’d told him of a Spurs shirt I’d missed from my book. It was a yellow version of the Le Coq Sportif centenary shirt from 82-83. Apparently it was worn against Man City as the light at the time of year the game took place tended to make the City shirt appear much lighter, meaning a clash against Spurs’ white. As you know, I’m a sucker when it comes to rare third shirts so I was desperate to see if it was true and if the shirt really existed.

spurs-3-82-83

All went quiet and the regular contributor to my site, Andrew Rockall, emailed me with a picture of the shirt in question! He couldn’t be sure if the kit was worn in a competitive match, the photo he had was taken from a pre-season testimonial game. The design simply followed that of the home kit at the time and I would be surprised if a yellow version of the amended version of the home kit (worn in 83-84, 84-85) didn’t also exist. Thanks Andrew!

Andrew also queried Nottingham Forest’s lack of a third kit for much of the 2nd half of the 80s when their change colours were simply white meaning a clashing issue against Southampton, Sunderland etc. I’m investigating it now but if anyone can give any more info that would be great.

Another friend of the site, Philip Marriott, has also discovered that Newcastle’s Asics third kit from 94-95 was also worn in 93-94 against Sheffield Wednesday – the club that seem to be at the heart of plenty of kit debate!

Its been a busy week for me, I’ve received a copy of the interview I did for ‘A Load of Bull’, the Wolves fanzine. I’ll see if I can get it online on my site as well. Plus I’ve been working flat out on a commission for the Scottish Football Association that will hopefully see the light of day next week. I’ll keep you posted.


12 Responses to “Almost Weekly Blog – 6th March”

  1. Andrew Rockall Says:

    The game in question would have been 5 Feb 1983 and finished 2-2 the Spurs goals came from Terry Gibson and Garry Brooke.

  2. Andrew Rockall Says:

    Having seen the goals on You Tube I can confirm Spurs wore their home kit in the game in question. It could only have been this game I mention that Roy Reyland thought it was used in as Spurs only played Man City at Maine Road in 1981, 1983 & 1985 in and around the time of this kit.

    I emailed Andy Porter the Spurs Historian and he says he was aware of the all yellow kit but didn’t keep records of when it was used. Maybe we need Shakey to speak with Roy Reyland?

  3. Denis Hurley Says:

    John’s right about the sky blue against white causing confusion though – in 1985 at Maine Road both sides came out in their home kits but after a few minutes the ref made City change

    http://www.football-programmes.net/programmes/27/1985-86/19338.jpg

  4. Andrew Rockall Says:

    In 85 it was Spurs fault for creating an “overall” clash!

    I think the Spurs kitman has mis-remembered and the kit was only worn in a friendly. There is a black & white photo of a game between Spurs & Bristol Rovers that I am sure the yellow strip was worn in. It was to celebrate Rovers Centenary in 1983.

  5. Tony Sealey Says:

    Is it possible that this kit was worn at Coventry for a similar reason, in the March of ‘83? I have never seen a photo of that match

  6. Tony Sealey Says:

    Andrew, can you post a photo, or a link to the photo of the game between Bristol Rovers & Tottenham?

  7. Jay29ers Says:

    Fantastic that we’re coming back to this post when The Thread To End All Threads™ now has us discussing the possibility of Spurs wearing a brand new all-yellow kit at The Hawthorns.

    Andrew, don’t forget to give your younger self the Sports Almanac.

  8. Denis Hurley Says:

    But the possibility of a yellow kit at the Hawthorns is zero, Jay. They could always wear this kit, it wouldn’t clash though it would be a bit tight

  9. Jay29ers Says:

    Much, much, much stranger things have happened (than a fourth kit being released midway through the season, not a team turning out in a thirty-year-old kit – that’d be pretty odd).

  10. Andrew Rockall Says:

    How about 20 years Jay? Remember Luton wearing a retro version of their 88/89 Littlewoods Cup winning shirt for a game in 2008.

  11. Denis Hurley Says:

    87-88 Andrew, I thought someone so anti-Arsenal would know that off the top of their head ;)

  12. Andrew Rockall Says:

    Aaaagh the 88/89 shirt must have said Litlewoods Cup Winners on it.

    #6 Tony, the photo I saw was black & white and in the match programme v Wolves last season. I don’t have a copy, I just read one on the day.

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