Midweek Mashup – Tottenham Hotspur, 1981

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Next season will see Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League for the first time, the club back in the top flight for the first time since 1983.

The Seagulls will be in their customary blue and white stripes, so when Tottenham go there they will wear a change kit in what will be an all-Nike match-up. This is what happened when the clubs met in Division 2 in 1978, for instance.

Having been promoted in 1979, Brighton opted for a change in their second season in Division 1, 1980-81, going with an all-blue adidas kit. This meant that Spurs could wear their home shirts at the Goldstone Ground, though a shorts change was required .

This was Tottenham’s first season with Le Coq Sportif and, while they would produce white shorts for the following season’s European Cup Winners’ Cup campaign, their only option here was to wear the yellow away set.


The concept of using yellow elements with the home kit wasn’t that new – they had worn yellow socks in the 1971 League Cup final, for example – but this look was certainly out of the ordinary.

We’re not fans of yellow shirts with white shorts, but this wasn’t totally horrific. It didn’t affect performance either, as Spurs won 2-0.

As to whether blue shorts against navy is actually clash, that seems to be a subjective matter – in 1983, Spurs didn’t have to change.

2 comments on “Midweek Mashup – Tottenham Hotspur, 1981

  1. Lee Hermitage

    It certainly was a weird one ! Thankfully by the time Spurs progressed to the F.A. Cup semi-final meeting with Wolves in April, Le Coq had prepared white THFC shorts. Incidentally, when Brighton visited White Hart Lane in August 1980, they wore their new blue shirts with matching white adidas shorts with blue trim too.

  2. Jon

    Yellow and white just don’t go well together do they?

    Though as we’ve seen elsewhere on this site, Parma wore yellow shorts and socks with their white home jersey in the early 90’s in Serie A, before they realised all white looked a lot better.


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