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Re: SPURSFAN - Annette by George on 4 June 2005 2:49am
 
Anne, I a serious question I haven't been able to find an answer to, for years now. I know that Tottenham is a place, but what is a "Hotspur"? When I was kid playing baseball & such, we would choose up sides & give ourselves a name. Usually, we named ourselves after well known American teams, naturally. However, one day, a boy said we needed to call ourselves the "Tottenham Hotspurs" since they were a champion British team in soccer. We all loved the name & I've never forgotten it.
 
Re: SPURSFAN - Annette by beccles on 4 June 2005 3:41am
 
tottenham is a place, spurs are metallic items that cowboys wear when riding and a hotspur is a metallic item at high temperatures.

-bec:)
 
Re: SPURSFAN - Annette by George on 4 June 2005 5:24am
 
Thank you, beccles. Oh sure. Since I'm Texan, I'm know exactly what spurs are. But, for some reason, I thought it might have to do with one of Shakespeare's characters. You may know, most of our teams are named after wild animals, like cougars, panthers, tigers, etc., not very imaginative.
 
Re: SPURSFAN - Annette by Spursfan on 4 June 2005 11:55am
 
Spurs started out in 1882 as 'Hotspur FC', changing to Tottenham Hotspur in 1885, to avoid confusion with another team 'London Hotspur'.

They are called Hotspur after Harry Hotspur (Henry Percy) who appeared in Shakespeare's Henry IV. The Percy family held lots of land in the Tottenham area, and Henry was nicknamed this for the fiery use of his spurs in battle.

Hope this helps, George!!

As a matter of extra interest, our symbol is a cockerel because the fighting cocks in those days wore spurs. I suppose there might also have been a cock-pit in the area???

Anne
 
Re: SPURSFAN - Annette by beccles on 4 June 2005 4:58pm
 
oh dear, i got it terribly wrong

-bec:)
 
Re: SPURSFAN - Annette by Ahren on 4 June 2005 11:14pm
 
Not very wrong, you knew what spurs and stuff were, they just didnt fit in right!!
 
Re: SPURSFAN - Annette by Spursfan on 4 June 2005 11:17pm
 
Don't worry, becs!!

But I am getting mighty bored with being called Annette by some loser on these boards lol!! Oh well, who cares, eh!!

He (presume it's a he - no female could possibly be such a loser!!!) probably gets off on it, sad git!

We should pity him really as he probably has no friends. A loner as well as a loser!!

Anne
 
Re: SPURSFAN - Annette by beccles on 5 June 2005 4:36am
 
One does wonder at the sort of person who spends all there time trying to disrupt a travel website. He/she/it doesnt even know how to spell Palin!
 
Re: SPURSFAN - Annette by George on 6 June 2005 3:07am
 
Spursfan, thanks for the great information! Come to think of it, I've always wondered why the Hotspur had a cockerel, or rooster as we call them, on their logos. And, when I was in college, I read a lot of Shakespeare, so I'm sure the name, Harry Hotspur, is embeded in my brain somewhere.

On another note, cock fighting is still popular here with hispanic immigrants. It's one of those things that's illegal, but generally tolerated. When the cockerels go into battle, sharp pieces of metal are tied to their legs, like spurs, so the fights will be over quickly.
 
Re: SPURSFAN - Annette by beccles on 6 June 2005 10:40am
 
Palin rox my brand new sox :)



 



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