Wessex League Division One side, Fleet Spurs have been forced to change the design of their club badge after Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur complained that it was too similar to theirs.
Hampshire based Fleet Spurs, who were set up in 1948 in homage to the North London club by soldiers returning from World War II received a letter from Tottenham Hotspur telling them to drop their crest. Fleet Spurs have claimed that they believe that Tottenham’s approach to the matter was “heavy-handed” and that changing their badge will cost them between £3,000 and £4,000.
In response, Tottenham Hotspur confirmed that they originally contacted the non-league side in the summer in relation to the issue, but the matter could not be resolved amicably. A spokesperson for Tottenham Hotspur stated:
“If we do not take action to stop Fleet Spurs using our cockerel logo, it can undermine our ability to stop other unauthorised people who use our logo for commercial purposes, such as counterfeiters…we are very conscious that Fleet Spurs is a grass-roots club. For this reason we have been very careful not to ask them to do anything that might incur costs.”
In an act of some kind-heartedness, Tottenham Hotspur has allowed Fleet Spurs to keep the current badge design on their kit until it is next replaced.