Bird has been the word for English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur for the past 100 years, and the club is going all out to mark the occasion.
Friday, April 23, marked 100 years to the day that Spurs first donned kits with a cockerel crest. The bird has undergone a few facelifts in that time, but it has never left the chest of their white jerseys.
According to the team’s website, the crest was first worn during the 1921 FA Cup final against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge in London. Spurs won that match 1-0. “Legend has it that although Spurs players started the match wearing jerseys featuring the cockerel, shirts got so muddy in the first half – which was briefly suspended due to torrential rain – that they had to be changed to plain versions for the second half!”
To mark the anniversary, Spurs changed the profile photos on its social media accounts to the original cockerel for 24 hours, and posted special content, including an interview with the family of one of the players from the 1921 FA Cup final. They also produced seat covers with the original cockerel for the Carabao Cup Final against Manchester City, which was held on Sunday, April 25, at Wembley Stadium.
More content detailing the history of the cockerel will be posted to Spurs’ website and social media in the coming weeks. The campaign will culminate with players wearing special editions of the club’s 2021-22 Nike home kit during their last home match of the 2020-21 season against Aston Villa on May 15.
Those shirts will feature a special badge (seen in the tweet below) alongside the current crest. Not much else is known about the 2021-22 home kits, but Spurs’ website does mention that the original cockerel will be printed inside the collar, or on the “inner pride,” as they put it.
Feature photo courtesy TottenhamHotspur.com