The Six Nations rugby union tournament started the weekend just past and, in honour of this competition (which, for the record, we think would make an amazing tournament in the international football world too), we are looking at badges from teams in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, France and Italy over the next six weeks. First up here is an English club that are rising up the ranks in the Premier League these days.
The entire origin of this team actually began with a Harry. No, not Harry Kane… and no, I’m afraid it isn’t Harry Redknapp either. Tottenham Hotspur formed in 1882 as Hotspur F.C., named after Harry Hotspur. Otherwise known as Henry Percy, he was a late-medieval English nobleman who led rebellions against King Henry IV (a re-telling of this story was done by William Shakespeare in his play Henry IV Part I). He died in the Battle of Shrewsbury in the early 15th Century, but his influence on a football team centuries later cannot be ignored.
Hotspur was famed for his riding spurs, and his fighting cocks (used in cockfights) were fitted with spurs which can be seen in the crests today. This tradition was cemented in 1909 when a former player named William James Scott made a bronze cast of a cockerel standing on a football to be placed on top of the West Stand. The first iteration of a cockerel badge would later come in 1921.
The current version of the Tottenham Hotspur badge is a stripped-down design compared to past iterations, but since its introduction Spurs have enjoyed a transition into one of the top teams in the Premier League. How much further the current team can climb, only time will tell.