Fantasy Kit Friday – Tottenham 1991 switch; ‘Swedish Semtex’
When it comes to a bit of feng shui with Umbro’s 1991 designs, Jay from Design Football has some form.
A while back, he suggested an Ajax version of Luton Town’s kit from that time which was well-received this edition’s request is beautifully simple and, we hope you’ll agree, simply beautiful.
Tottenham Hotspur’s switch to Umbro that year remains a significant one in the public consciousness due to the fact that they wore their new kit, complete with longer shorts, in the FA Cup final win over Nottingham Forest (though it should be noted that that was not a world premier for the baggier Umbro style, with Scotland beating them to the punch).
The equivalent change strip ended up lasting for the entirety of the four-year partnership between Tottenham and the double diamond, worn by Gary Lineker and Jürgen Klinsmann. Jay wondered, though – what if the away design had been used for the home? Too un-traditional? Perhaps, but still worth a look, especially as, with Napoli the only other team to have that design, it’s unmistakably Spurs.
Today’s other request comes from Andreas and he wished to see a Scandinavian mix-up.
The 1986 ‘Danish Dynamite’ kits still remain iconic, of course – would a ‘Swedish Semtex’ version hit the same heights? Hellas Verona had something similar, albeit truly halved, whereas Denmark’s home shirt was red-dominant and the away had a majority of white.
There is a school of thought that the design is such a classic that any mix of colours would work, but perhaps the presence of white is necessary as a calming effect on a darker shade as the mix of so many narrow yellow and blue stripes might look a bit a greyish-green. Still, certainly worth trying.
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