Talking Tottenham - 101 Objects
Over the period of the season just ended we used the handle ‘101 objects’ to let me include various artifacts in different TT. Although this device, or as Alfred Hitchcock would call it a Magaffin, works to an extent but a number of the items are not over exciting in themselves. However if I was to bang on your door and offer them to you, you would snatch my hand off. Anyway whilst you count the days until the boys are back you may like a little wander through this collection at some of the treasures in the clubs history. Now if your excuse me there is someone at the door.
I should state none of these items are mine. Starting with number 2 on the ‘101 objects’ list the ‘Bill Nicholson gates’ that stand at the entrance to the club. In case your wondering number 1 is of course the cockerel and we explored his history recently in Hotspur Towers (l).
TT 65 - I have included some quotations, well there is only so much one can say about some of these items. Right - European Cup Winners Cup medal from 1963 when we of course became the first British side to win a European trophy.
The information provided here is as I discovered it and I have been unable to verify it on a second source. As a number of the items have appeared in various auction house sites I think we can be fairly sure the information is correct.
"Tottenham's pure football and pure people, nice warm people. That's what I like about Tottenham. And everyone who comes to the stadium can smell the history." - Van Der Vaart.
This medal is from the Anglo-Italian League Cup Winners Cup which Spurs played against
Torino in 1971. Having won the domestic League Cup the previous season. A competition we looked at in our Connections series - http://www.indiaspurs.com/blog/connections-italy-part-one.
Below these two badges both come from our FA Cup winning season of 1920-21. The one on the left is stamped Tottenham Hotspur FC, Official, and the season's date. It is 'most likely' a match day staff's pass into the ground. The badge on the right is a Cup Final stewards badge.
This period was covered in the Tottenham and the Roaring 20's mini -series.
There have been at least three fishing trawlers based at Grimsby which bore the name ‘Spurs’. Consolidated Fisheries tended to name all their vessels after football teams. The first was built in 1933 in Middlesbourgh. In 1934 It took part in a rescue of a badly damaged ship and towed it into port. Then at the start of World War 2 it was purchased by the Admiralty and converted into an anti-submarine vessel. It was sent to help evacuate troops from Dunkirk but had to turn back when it was badly damaged by air attack. The Blackburn Rovers was sunk on the same day. After the war it was returned to the company and it was scrapped in the late 1950’s. When at the same time a new ship bearing the name was launched. The bell from the original vessel was (and may well still be) in the Board Room at White Hart Lane. This second vessel was scrapped in 1962 and a third ship carrying the name was launched in July the same year. Sorry cant find any images for these ships.
This is the door plate from the Oak Room which was the Board Room in the Old West Stand. That was pulled down in the 1980's. The actually room appears in a number of images from Christmas Specials to the tribute to Bill Nicholson in the India Spurs archives.
These chairs used to be in the West Stands Centenary lounge up until 2006 when they were sold by the club to raise funds for the TH Foundation at the time when the club changed its crest. The chair with its yellow/gold has the old crest and would look rather nice in my dinning room.
"I do hate Arsenal, with a passion. No money in the world would ever tempt me to play for them."- Teddy Sheringham.
"Honestly this is a great thrill of my life and I'm glad I left Chelsea to come to Tottenham and got the double" - Bobby Smith
"I fell in love with this club, and it is still my favourite. I was made to feel very welcome there by everyone and the fans were always marvelous. There is always a place in my heart for Tottenham Hotspur." - Ossie Ardiles.
It is common practice for players taking part in testimonial games to be presented with a small token as they give their services free. Above left is one of the tankards from Jimmy Greaves's testimonial. On the right is a ashtray that comes from the John White Memorial game following his tragic death. The three Spurs players who took part in the Stanley Matthews testimonial match (2) were given a china tea service that had been made in one of the pottery companies in Stoke where he was born.
Above we have two decanters. This Crystal cut lead glass ships decanter. was made to celebrate the clubs centenary in 1982 . Made by Royal Doulton it was a limited edition. This one was number 361 of 500. In case you think it would be nice for the lemonade this was sold in 2012 for 36,000 INR.
The second one is inscribed “Tottenham Hotspur, Cliff Jones inducted into the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, Hall of Fame.”
Above left, League Cup Winners tankards from 1973 (3). This competition presents these instead of medals.
On the right is a solid silver oval two handled tray by Martin Hall and Co. Sheffield 1923 with fluted border, reeded rim and handles. Engraved to surface 'Presented to C.D.Roberts Esq. by the shareholders of the Tottenham Hotspur F&A Co. Ltd to commemorate his 25 years service as Chairman of the company'.
Or maybe you would just prefer a Danny Blanchflower cut out figure as used in the film. Those Glory Glory Days, (right). I hope you enjoyed that short trip through the treasured vaults. I look forward to when the new stadium is completed that the club will include a museum.
t- Keith 16024542
f- peter shearman (old non de plume reserved for THFC matters)
Thanks - Grimsby Telegraph, The Olsens Registry, Ships Nostaglia, The various auction houses catalogues, THFC, The FA.
Notes - 1 - Hotspur Towers 50- The Cockerel
2 - The 100 Club.
3 - Hotspur Towers 40- League Cup 1973.
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