Tottenham Hotspur’s Most Prolific Kit Designers

13th June 2023

Spurs are a team with a proud history and, while they haven’t won a trophy since 2008, they remain a competitive and attractive side to watch. While Tottenham struggle to challenge for the Premier League title, they continue to target a top four slot and a place in the Champions League.

Most football and live betting markets tend to place Spurs among the favorites for any competition that they enter, and supporters will be hoping that their long wait for another trophy will soon be over.

Part of the club’s history centers around their kits. There have been many iconic designs by top manufacturers, but which have been the best?


Umbro: 1970s

Umbro were not the first kit designers employed by Tottenham Hotspur, but they are responsible for producing what many feel to be the club’s most iconic shirt. Back in the 1970s, things were simpler: There were no sponsors emblazoned across the chest and kit design was relatively straightforward.

While things may have been basic, Umbro produced a classic home Spurs kit involving a plain white shirt, navy blue shorts and white socks. The away kit featured a yellow jersey, while Spurs reverted to white shorts for their European campaigns.

This was a historic kit and one that was showcased during many successful seasons in the first half of the 1970s.

Admiral: Late 1970s

The arrival of Admiral as Spurs’ kit manufacturer in 1977 saw some key changes in design. The white home shirts and yellow away jerseys remained, but there was some piping on the sleeves that bore the logo of the new producer.

Sales of replica shirts were solid as the more attractive designs were largely welcomed by the fanbase. Success on the pitch was in short supply, however, as the club had been relegated in the season before Admiral came onboard. Happily, Tottenham gained instant promotion and the new manufacturer stayed with the team until 1980.


Le Coq Sportif: 1980s

In some cases, discussion over a specific kit conjures up images of great players. Mention the brand name Le Coq Sportif to Spurs fans and they’ll instantly think of top 1980s stars such as Glenn Hoddle, Ossie Ardiles, Ricky Villa, Garth Crooks and Steve Archibald.

The classic Spurs colors of white and blue remained, but the badge was moved to the center of the shirt and there was a hint of a blue fringe around the collar and shirt sleeves. The French manufacturer was a good fit for a Tottenham side with a cockerel as its team badge, and Le Coq Sportif was also synonymous with success. Spurs won back-to-back FA Cup finals in the early 1980s.


Hummel: Late 1980s to early 1990s

Up until the mid-1980s, there were very few additions to the classic white and blue Spurs kit. Hummel duly arrived in 1986 and introduced chevrons and diagonal stripes in the first real change to the original design.

Traditionalists weren’t happy, but Tottenham were simply moving with the times. Trophies were thin on the ground at this stage, but these kits are still fondly remembered. New manager David Pleat arrived in 1986 with an exciting brand of football, which gave way to the Terry Venables era.


Umbro: 1992 Onwards

The inauguration of the Premier League in 1992 saw a number of teams introducing new kit. Spurs were no exception, and the changing landscape brought some new additions to the range.

A regular third kit began to be used, while the club also began to introduce official goalkeeper jerseys in a range of colors. There was also a move back to a more traditional white and blue without too many flashy add-ons, and that certainly pleased a section of Tottenham fans.


Kappa: Early 2000s

When Kappa came along to produce the Spurs kit at the start of a new millennium, they made an addition that wasn’t to everyone’s satisfaction. The club’s shirt sponsor at the time was the travel company Thomson and Kappa used their classic red colors on those jerseys.

Tottenham’s kit color had been blue and white for decades and some fans were displeased. Thomson have since moved on and the red was discontinued, but Kappa will always be remembered for their bold choice.


Nike: 2017 to Present Day

Red coloring returned under Nike in 2017 as Spurs acquired new sponsors AIA. In accordance with the demands of merchandising, the kit now changes on an annual basis, as clubs look to cash in.

Those increasing changes make Nike the most prolific manufacturers in terms of sheer volume. They will also resonate with fans who associate the designs with the Mauricio Pochettino era and a first ever appearance in the Champions League final.

Spurs fans will also be hoping that Nike are synonymous with success in the years to come.