Sir Henry Percy, a 14th century ancestor of the Northumberland family, a man with a fiery reputation, noted for his valour in battle, his enthusiasm when leading troops, and apparently the inspiration behind the Hotspur name.
Legend has it that Hotspur was actually Sir Henry’s nickname. The founders of the club happened to be very big fans of his; having played cricket on his family ground that was situated opposite White Hart Lane for some years. They wanted a team that would emulate their heroes fame. And there you have it, this London club became known as Spurs.
The Northumberland family’s influence doesn’t end there. The two rampant lions that appear on older badges are borrowed from the Northumberland crest of arms.
But to momentarily give someone else a bit of credit for this famous crest; it was in 1909 when the cockerel and ball first appeared after a former player, one W.J. Scott, cast a copper centrepiece to perch on the new West Stand of White Hart Lane.
But to tie it all back, even the club motto “Audere est facere” (Latin for ‘to dare is to do’), is fitting for a club named after a hero renowned for his “derring-do”. Good ol’ Sir Henry, he’s one of our own.
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Written by Dave Farthing