Tottenham Hotspur Logo

tottenham hotspur logo

One of the oldest football clubs in England, Tottenham Hotspur has had not so many logos over the course of its 136-year-old history. But the story lying behind its name and the club emblem is rather interesting.

Tottenham Hotspur Logo Meaning and History

Tottenham Hotspur Logo History

To understand the Tottenham Hotspur logo history it is worth getting acquainted with the origin of the club’s name. Spurs, as everybody simply calls the team, chose the name “Hotspur” for the club as they were inspired by the story about a medieval nobleman, Sir Henry (or Harry) Percy. He took part in battles and used his spurs so that his horse would go faster. For this reason he was nicknamed Hotspur.

Old Logo

tottenham hotspur logo old

First, in 1900, the club used spurs in their badge (before that it was just a capital letter “H”), then they round up with a fighting cock. “But why a cock?” you may ask. The explanation is simple ‒ it is believed that Harry Hotspur was keen on fighting cocks (a popular sport at that time) that were supplied with spurs for the “battle”. Tottenham Spurs liked their fearsome appearance.

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In the 1900s one of the players made a cockerel of bronze standing on a football which later decorated the top of the West Stand. These two elements became a part of the team’s identity, especially after the FA Cup final of 1921 when the players started wearing shirts with the crest featuring the cockerel on a shield. The cockerel was dark blue; the shield was white with a dark blue frame. In 1930 the color of the badge became black and on the whole it was updated. The victory in the First Division in 1951 caused one more redesign. The form of the cockerel became somewhat elongated and it was again dark blue.

The 1956-1983 Emblem

tottenham emblem

In 1956 the old logo was redesigned by means of adding more components to it. Their badge of that period looks like a heraldic shield with some landmarks characteristic of the local area ‒ Bruce Castle, situated not far from the club’s ground, and seven trees planted by the seven sisters of Tottenham.

Later the cockerel was placed on the ball, which made the whole image look more like a football logo. In 1977 it acquired its “Victorian” style, the shield was taken away and in 1982 letters were added, which embellished the design.

The 1983-2005 Symbol

tottenham hotspur symbol

As there was a rise in “pirate” merchandising, in 1983 Spurs decided to add more elements to the crest ‒ the motto scroll which read “Audere est Facere” and two red lions. The lions located on the left and on the right had a heraldic origin. They were borrowed from the Northumberland family.

Then two more redesigns of the Tottenham Hotspur logo followed. The first one brought back the shield and the second one transformed the badge into an elaborate coat of arms. Neither version was favoured by the public, so the 1983 logo was introduced again.

Present Logo

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The club felt need for rebranding its image, turning it into a professionally designed logo. In 2006 they got such a symbol. The renovation resulted in a dark blue image consisting of two elements ‒ a sleek and leaner cockerel with a white head facing to the left and a football from 1909. We see the traditional riding spurs attached to the cockerel’s feet.

Yet, there is one more element ‒ a curved lettering that reads “Tottenham Hotspur”. It is placed below the image. The font of the new Tottenham logo was specially created for the club. Obviously, it was a return to the simplistic design of the original logo.

In 2017 the logo was set in a shield as a tribute to the Spurs team of 1961. The players won the English League and the FA Cup that year, which was for the first time in the history of the club.

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