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Tottenham Home Shirt 2007/2008
The 125th Anniversary Home Shirt
Up for review this week is the Home Shirt from the 2007/2008 Season. This is the Home shirt which celebrates Spurs 125th Year. It was also the 29th consecutive year in the highest level of English football, Division 1 and Premier League inclusive.
There was a lot of hype leading into the season with the club heavily advertising the 125th Year of the club and a lot of attention and advertising was thrown at the shirts. Normally, the shirts are released individually and spaced weeks apart. This Season, there was a countdown and a gala thrown to celebrate the arrival of the kits and premiere the modelling of the kits by choice players. Personally, i couldn’t wait and saw the kits online as soon as they were released.
The Shirt is white, and is manufactured by PUMA. This was PUMA’s second effort and to be perfectly honest, and in respect for the 125th year celebrations and significance, its a bit of a let down. In the first few years of PUMA, the kits were, for me, a complete and utter disaster. At least this one was a return to a more shirt and wearing friendly apparel. Gone was the plastic style kit of the previous season, in favour of proper clothing material and with it came a better fan friendly size and give.
The sponsor was again Mansion, the Asian online poker and Casino giants, back for the 2nd year of their sponsorship agreement with the club. The logo remained the same except for the 125 YEARS that is embroiled onto the bottom of the logo. Within the back and front body of the shirt, there are watermarks within the garment that says “TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 125YEARS 1882-2007. This is written on a diagonal slant, but you need to have a close look to be able to see it.
For me, the disappointment comes with the design and lack or collar. The design, or artwork if you will, is pretty uninspiring…..is this the best we can do to celebrate 125 years? How about some of the previous logos worn throughout the history of the club watermarked ? i dunno, bit i think its a lazy design and we could have done better. Its of course up to interpretation of course.
Look towards the collar. WE have a very bare and thin v neck… to me, the shape of the shirt needed a head on it… it looks to me as being incomplete and plain up top. It has always struck me as a shirt that has had a piece of material ripped from it. Perhaps the biggest reason i dont wear it much is the name of our then record signing, Darren Bent , who cost a bit over 16 million pound. Funnily enough this is now considered “comfort zone” as far as signings are concerned. He was signed from Charlton, and whilst he did score a few goals for the club, for the money invested, he has been generally considered a failure. He was ridiculed by Manager ‘Arry Redknapp for missing a sitter, by telling the media that his wife could have scored. No doubt he was reprimanded once he got home.
Spurs started the season in disastrous fashion, and manager Martin Jol, a firm fan favourite, felt the pressure after a start of 1 win, four draws and five defeats. Famously, during a UEFA cup home match which ended in defeat to the spanish side Getafe, the word spread in the crowd that Martin Jol had indeed been sacked. The fans roared their disapproval at the leak by cheering and supporting Jol and his name. It is this very behaviour and our poor history that garners the inspirational for our podcast’s name, Another Sacked Manager.
In stepped former Sevilla manager Juande Ramos. Ramos had impressed the club with the way he was able to completely dismantle spurs during the previous UEFA cup season. The club endured a mediocre season, finishing 11th and qualified for the next season’s UEFA cup via the League Cup win v chelsea, the winner coming in extra time off the head of former leeds, middlesborough, Real Madrid and newcastle defender, Jonathan Woodgate.
Players transfered into the club that year included the previously mentioned Darren Bent, Younes Kaboul from Auxerre for 8 mill, Kevin Prince Boating from Hertha Berlin, Danny Rose from Leeds united, and a fresh and undiscovered gem from southampton by the name of Gareth Bale, for 5 Mill.
Our top goal scores of the season were Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov both scoring 23 goals in all competitions
Players of note who represented the club that season included Paul Robinson, Lee Young -Pyo, the south Korean left back, Teemu Tainio, Brazilian world cup star Gilberto, French International Steed Malbranque, Benoit Assou Ekotto, Portuguese international Ricardo Rocha, scottish international right back alan Hutton, as well as home grown players such as tom auddlestone, a speedy Aaron Lennon and academy product Jamie O’Hara, who has enjoyed a quite lively career in the mid to lower leagues both on and off the field. Lets not forget Ivory coast star Didier Zokora and of course the sometimes french international Pascal Chimbonda, whom was signed on a free transfer after a great season at Wigan.