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Friend of the site Lee Hermitage (see here for the large collection of programmes and magazine he has for sale) is celebrating a significant birthday this weekend – let’s just say that Patrick might have been a suitable name – and he made a special request for FKF.

In 1984, Manchester United had adidas and Tottenham Hotspur had Le Coq Sportif, memorable kits on both sides, and Lee wondered if it would still be the case by switching makers.

One factor to take into account was that, while Spurs’ kits had just two colours, United’s had three, so there had to be some little bit of artistic licence. For United, that meant contrast necks, cuffs and stocking tops on the home and away.

For the third though, we stayed more faithful to the original, effectively just darkening the Spurs away and swapping navy markings for white.

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For Spurs, Lee chose the away kit colour, sky blue, as the trim colour on the home, with white acting in a similar role on the away.