Our All Wonders Series will run throughout the 2022-23 Premier League season and will focus on the key stories behind the history, tradition and culture of all 20 Premier League clubs.
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Have you ever sat and wondered why certain chants became iconic in the club? Why does the team have a certain nickname? Why are they playing in these colors? How were they founded? Yep, us too.
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This season, we’ll dig deeper to tell stories about the rich history, tradition and culture of the Premier League and give you the answers you need to know more.
Have you ever wondered why Tottenham Hotspur have the name Hotspur?
On 5 September 2022 they celebrated their 140th anniversary as a club and Tottenham Hotspur have a unique name and history. And yet, have you ever sat there and wondered what Hotspur is? And why is it on behalf of Tottenham?
Okay, here it is…
In 1882 the Hotspur Football Club was founded as the players from the Hotspur Cricket Club needed the sport to play during the winter months. The team was formed from schoolchildren who allegedly met on Tottenham High Road under a gas lamp, right outside the current stadium.
Several names were discussed for the team’s name, one option being Northumberland Rovers, but Hotspur FC was chosen.
Not the only Hotspur football club in London…
Hotspur F.C.’s first team was led by Bobby Buckle who was the club’s first captain at the age of 13 and also the first recorded scorer in 1883.
The young men turned to John Ripshere, a Bible class teacher at All Saints Church in Tottenham, for help running the club, and he became the club’s first president and treasurer.
In 1884 the club was renamed Tottenham Hotspur Football Club as another club from London was called Hotspur F.C. and their mail was mistakenly delivered to north London and vice versa. This confusion didn’t work. Other Hotspurs were based in Merton, Wimbledon and were formed in 1878.
So it was the original London Hotspur and not Tottenham.
But why Hotspur? What is this name about?
You’ll never guess it in a million years…
The name Hotspur was chosen to pay homage to Sir Henry Percy, better known as “Harry Hotspur” from Shakespeare’s “King Henry IV, Part 1”, as he and his family owned land in the area known as Northumberland Park and in the Tottenham Marshes, where the club played its first games.
In fact, the historic building known as Percy House, which now houses the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and is adjacent to the stadium, was built by Sir Hugh Smithson, Duke of Northumberland in the early 1740s. Smithson inherited the fortune and lands of the Percy family of Northumberland, whose ancestor was Harry Hotspur.
Who was Harry Hotspur? He was an English knight who fought in several wars against the Scottish army and in the Hundred Years’ War against France.
He was called Hotspur because the Scots praised his incredible speed on horseback. It was said that he had to have “hot spurs” on his boots in order for the horse to run so fast. Hence the name.
So the next time you watch Harry Kane and Heung-min Son fly at full speed towards the gate, think of Sir Harry “Hotspur” Percy, who is rapidly approaching the Scottish army on his horse.
Throughout the Premier League season, The Breakdown offers analysis, tactical focus and deeper dives into some of the best games from the best players on the planet.
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We’re back for Season 3 of Breakdown and Joe Prince-Wright will be joining you to discuss some of the things that stood out (or didn’t stand out initially) in the Premier League.
Hit the play button on the video above to watch the latest episode of Breakdown, and below is the full archive of The Breakdown.
And feel free to send your comments and questions to JPW via his Twitter feed (click below) if you’d like him to pick any games that caught your eye and he’ll then process them with a breakdown.
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The 2022-23 Premier League fixtures are in the spotlight as the new season has already brought so much drama.
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Remember, you can watch all 380 Premier League games on NBC, USA Network, NBCSports.com and Peacock. We have you covered.
Will Manchester City win another Premier League title? Will Chelsea and Liverpool be able to see them through to the end? How will the updated composition of Manchester United behave? What about Tottenham and Arsenal? How will the new boys behave? Who will be the surprise package?
So. A lot of. Questions.
These questions will be answered from August 2022 to May 2023 with a full list of Premier League matches.
Below are the answers to every question you have about Premier League matches and everything else you need to know about the upcoming season, with full details of the Premier League TV schedule across the NBC family of channels and more.
Premier League match calendar for the 2022-23 season.
Premier League fixtures for the 2022-23 season were announced on Thursday 16 June 2022 at 4:00 AM ET. Below is the full schedule as you can watch all 380 games on our NBC platforms.
The Premier League matches computer decides who plays who and when, as teams close to each other usually play at home on opposite weekends to help with security, crowd control and traffic congestion in those areas.
What day does the 2022/23 Premier League season start?
6 August 2022 is the opening Saturday of the 2022/23 season. The Premier League kicks off earlier than usual due to the November/December break for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
When will the Premier League take a break before the 2022 World Cup?
The season will take a break after the 16th round, which will end on November 13. After the World Cup ends on December 18, Premier League games will resume on December 26.
When will the 2022/23 Premier League season end?
The last day of the season will take place on Sunday, May 28, 2023.
Which teams will compete in the 2022-23 Premier League?
These are the 20 teams that will compete in the Premier League this coming season:
Arsenal, Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Brentford, Brighton and Hove…