For The Love of Spurs

It is always a great pleasure when I come across a dedicated shirt collector and, more so, when the collection is from just one club. So, I was delighted to learn of the superb collection of Tottenham Hotspur shirts that Øystein Haugen from Trondheim, Norway has collected. Yes, you read that correctly Trondheim and not Tottenham, Norway and not N17!

I met him on a Facebook group (Football Kits the World Over ) where I quickly realised that he had a fantastic knowledge of the shirts as well as a love for the club. I decided to drop him a line and found that he was very happy to talk of his love of all things Spurs. He told me that he had a complete collection of replica Spurs shirts from early 1970 to 2020, and a few cup shirts etc, except 83-85 home with Holsten!

He continued, “I started to support Spurs in the late 70’s. In those days in Norway we only had a few games on the TV like Saturday’s Match of the Day. If you were lucky, they showed Spurs. Then came BBC Radio 5, Panini stickers. We got Match and Shoot and that is how Norwegian kids started to follow English teams..”

“My first trip to White Hart Lane was New Years Day 1988 against Watford (2-1) On that trip I bought my first Spurs shirts – the home shirt and the navy blue away shirt. To this day, that navy blue shirt is one of my favourite. Since then, buying a shirt every season became a must – I always wanted to stay updated with the newest kit(s). Over the last 10 years I have started to buy on eBay, trying to get hold of some of the shirts I was missing. This last year – and especially since the Covid lockdown – I have really put my mind to getting a complete collection of replica shirts. Yes, home, away, 3rds etc. All are originals except a few from Toffs of retro shirts. Spurs started to sell through the shop in 77/78.”

” I’ve managed to get hold of two Spurs shirts made by Coffer Sports which I am really proud of – a 1966-77 home shirt and a yellow away shirt 75-77. These are the oldest shirts in my collection. In total, I have about 120 Spurs shirts. I am just missing the 83-85 Le Coq Sportif home shirt with Holsten as sponsor. I do have the 83-85 light blue shirt with Holsten but it was not cheap! I’m also missing a couple of cup final specials and 2 or 3 away shirts with Investec as sponsor. I’ve been to 50+ Spurs games both home and away, some European Cup (h/a) , cup finals and friendlies ……..and the past few seasons I have been the proud owner of a season ticket. “

What an interesting story! I thanked Øystein for taking the trouble to speak to me and we agreed to have a coffee the next times are paths crossed.

Spurs’ kit for 2020/2021 has not not been officially unveiled, but the official club shop does have some huge discounts on 2019/2020 kit. Check their website here

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