I’ve been meaning to write this for a while now, so apologies that I’ve only just got round to writing it. I will be reviewing the 1991 Tottenham Hotspur Home Shirt supplied by Campo Retro. You can read the work I have done for Campo Retro here.
I’ve always been a fan of a retro shirt and having owned both of the 1984 UEFA Cup Final shirts, adding the 1991 shirt to my collection was a great feeling.
This design has old school written all over it. From the large crest to the 90’s pattern within the famous white of Tottenham Hotspur. When looking into the Spurs crest in more detail, it takes me back to the earliest memories I have being a Spurs fan born in 1998. When the crest changed over in 2005 I wasn’t a fan of the new look Tottenham but with Campo Retro allowing us to buy old shirts I can wear the best Spurs crest with pride.
This crest design has the famous “Audere Est Facere” (TO DARE IS TO DO) motto and represents Tottenham in all their glory. The splash of yellow really brings forward the scroll into the eyes of those viewing, whether they be opponents on the pitch or oppositional fans in the terraces. The famous cockerel stands with pride with the famous heraldic lions next to the old school scroll letters of “THFC”.
Going back to what I said about the retro pattern within the material of the shirt. The image on the left shows just how well the crest works with materials pattern.
In recent years Spurs have tried to bring this back in similar ways, for example in the 2012/13 Home shirt with the Cockerel mesh design in the back. Hopefully they’ll be another Cup Final in 2021 to celebrate the 30 year anniversary of this special shirt.
A Wembley Derby
The 1991 FA Cup Semi Final was the first to be played at Wembley, and with Spurs’ opponents on the day being bitter rivals Arsenal, the game was poised to be memorable.
The game will inevitably be remembered for Paul Gascoigne’s pinpoint free kick after only 5 minutes, setting the tone for a comfortable 3-1 win. Spurs went on to beat Forest in the Final but the game was marred by a serious injury to Gazza after a wild lunge on Gary Charles. (Source: CAMPO RETRO)
It was an easy choice when choosing a name to have on the back of this shirt and Campo Retro did a top job! Paul Gascoigne was one of the best footballers in his day and still is one of the best midfielder players to come out of England. Back in 1991 players didn’t have their names on the back so it would have just been the number eight, but with a trip to Italy following shortly after receiving the shirt, I had to remind those Italian Ultra’s of the former Lazio player.
I look forward to doing more work with Campo Retro and increasing my classic shirt collection. For all your classic football shirt needs check out the best site in the business: www.camporetro.com – Follow them on twitter @CampoRetro