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Spurs Legacy: The contribution of players past and present recognised through unique legacy number initiative

Thu 26 October 2023, 09:30|Tottenham Hotspur

The Club is delighted to announce that it has assigned a unique legacy number to every player in its history that has made a senior competitive appearance for Tottenham Hotspur.

An FA Cup tie with West Herts on 13 October 1894 is our first recorded senior competitive fixture, with the starting XI that day assigned numbers 1-11 in alphabetical order – Stanley Briggs, Archie Cubberley, James Eccles, Donald Goodall, Peter Hunter, Bill Julian, Jack Jull, Cuthbert Monk, Ernie Payne, Jack Shepherd and Jack Welham.

Legacy Numbers

• Every player to have made a competitive appearance for the Club since 13 October 1894 – our first ever senior competitive match – assigned a unique legacy number

• Numbers to feature on the back of match shirts beneath the collar from our next Premier League match against Crystal Palace onwards

Following extensive research from Club historians, a total of 879 legacy numbers have now been assigned in chronological order to all those who have since made their senior competitive Spurs debuts.

This includes legendary names from the Club’s history, including Bill Nicholson (#354), Danny Blanchflower (#420), Jimmy Greaves (#448), Pat Jennings (#455), Steve Perryman (#477), Glenn Hoddle (#498), Ossie Ardiles (#511), Gary Mabbutt (#538), Ledley King (#649), Gareth Bale (#726), Harry Kane (#767) and Heung-Min Son (#805).

The most recent legacy number, 879, has been assigned to Alejo Veliz, who made his competitive debut against Liverpool on Saturday 30 September.

From our next Premier League match against Crystal Palace on Friday 27 October onwards, all current players will wear their unique legacy number on the back of their match shirts, just beneath the collar. Please note, legacy numbers do not replace the squad numbers that will continue to be worn on the back of match shirts.

Daniel Levy, Chairman, Tottenham Hotspur, said: “Our legacy number initiative is our way of recognising the contributions of those that have worn our colours with pride during our Club’s long and rich history, making a truly unique connection between players of our past, present and future.”

Legacy Numbers - the comprehensive list

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