Midweek Mashup – Tottenham Hotspur, 1999-2001

If you’re in any way interested in Tottenham Hotspur, kits or both, then The Spurs Shirt, by Simon Shakeshaft, Daren Burney and Neville Evans, is a must-buy.

Featured in the book is the story of how, in 1999, Spurs breached a new frontier as they signed a deal with adidas.

Availing of the rule which allowed a kit for the following season to be worn in the final home league game, Spurs actually wore the new adidas strip against Chelsea at White Hart Lane in their penultimate game of 1998-99 before reverting to their Pony kit for the final match, against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

For their first away strip, adidas went with the favoured Spurs alternative colours of yellow and navy, but while previous change outfits had generally been all-yellow, instead they went with white shorts (as used with yellow shirts in 1969-70) and socks.

This allowed the sets to be mixed and matched, giving Spurs these alternative combinations – white socks at Everton, Leicester City and Manchester United, white shorts at Chelsea and white shorts and socks at Wimbledon.

A new navy strip was introduced for 2000-01 (like the home, it was premiered in the final home game of 1999-2000) and it too had white shorts and socks, with these sets also used as home alternatives, giving three slightly different mashups for that season.

While Wimbledon had been relegated, Spurs wore all-white away to Sunderland, though they wore the navy shirts at Southampton as the Saints had a greater amount of white on their jerseys.

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