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Tottenham Away Shirt 2002/2003
The Kappa Years – continues…..
Welcome back to Shirt fronted! This week we continue with the Kappa Years and delve back to 2002/2003 season’s away kit. The shirt is another of the kappa “gut watch” efforts, however, i was much smarter this time around and ordered the XXXL which fit like a XL.
The shirt is a baseball shirt design, with the sleeves black and the main body of the shirt being a deep pastel blue, which i really do like…. its a blue that is different to what we would usually be used to, bur really works very well. The Sponsor is Thomson however is not the usual red colur, this time being more white. On the left hand side is the club crest of the time, the best in my opinion, and on the right side, we have the Kappa logo…..is it two boys, two girls or a boy and a girl? The debate continues…. On the back of the collar is a THFC embroided into the back collar.
2002 / 2003 was a season where we were finally showing some signs of progressing out of the horror show that was the 1990’s, although it wouldn’t be until the appointment or Jaques Santini and then weeks later the appointment of Martin Jol that would take this squad and introduce a more positive and attacking style of football. Our manager at the time was Glen Hoddle and we finished the season in a mediocre 10th position. Our leading scores were Robbie Keane and Teddy Sheringham with 13 goals apiece.
We had a few good players and a load of mediocre ones to even out the good and the bad. England staples such as Teddy Sheringham and Darren Anderton dazzled the crowd on many occaisons. Our up and coming talent consisted of Irish left back Stephen Carr, future legend Ledley King, Matthew Etherington and Simon Davies. We had some flops as well, such as then record signing Serhiy Rebrov, the player that didnt know if he was a defender or a forward Gary Doherty, Japanese Sensation Kazuyuki Toda, signed on loan from Shimizu S-Pulse and the unlucky in some eyes Goran Bunjevcevic, signed from Red Star Belgrade.
When Wimbledon were relegated, we signed Neil Sullivan, Chris Perry, and one of the biggest thugs of the time Ben Thatcher, who in previous years had tried to take the legs off of David Ginola and Allan Nielsen in the game against Wimbledon at selhurst Park : this was the game that Klinsmann scored 5 to save us from relegation.
Other players of Note include Robbie Keane, now doing well in the MLS with LA Galaxy, Dean Marney who played with Burnley in thier Premier League Campaign last season ( youtube his goal for spurs v Everton – a corker), the Late Dean Richards who was Hoddle’s first signing from after his move from SOTON to us….Richards was also from SOTON. Christian Ziege had signed from Liverpool, Milenko Acimovic was signed after a great world cup, but unlucky to not have been given a fair go in the side, Jamie Redknapp, Steffan Iversen and the managerial twosome of Gus Poyet and Mauicio Taricco.