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'Amazing manager, incredible team'

Posted on 6 May 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp has paid tribute to Bill Nicholson and his team on the 50th anniversary of the double.

'Amazing manager, incredible team'

Harry Redknapp has paid tribute to Bill Nicholson and his team on the 50th anniversary of the double.

We became the first club in football’s modern era to secure the First Division championship and FA Cup double by beating Leicester City 2-0 in the FA Cup Final at Wembley on May 6, 1961.

The late, great centre-forward Bobby Smith, who sadly passed away last year, scored the opening goal of the final with winger Terry Dyson wrapping up the victory.

The team made a storming start to the campaign and secured the championship with a 2-1 win against Sheffield Wednesday on April 17, 1961.

Incredibly, they won their first 11 matches, 14 out of the first 15 and 22 of the first 25 on the way to the title. They were 10 points clear by the turn of the year.

Famed for their attacking style of play, the great entertainers scored 115 goals in 42 matches and another 21 in seven FA Cup ties.

‘Mr Tottenham’, Bill Nicholson, our greatest manager who sadly passed away in 2004, put the team together.

A member of our famous ‘Push and Run’ title-winning team of 1951, Bill joined the club’s staff in 1936, signed professional forms in 1938 and was manager between 1958-1974, overseeing the glory, glory years of domestic and European success.

Harry used to watch the team play from the terraces and trained at the squad’s Cheshunt base as a schoolboy.

“He was an amazing manager, Bill,” said Harry. “What he did putting that team together, how they played, what they achieved, was incredible.

“His assistant Harry Evans was a lovely man as well.

“It was a great, great team. He won the double and then signed Jimmy Greaves the next season. That says a lot about him.

“The football they played was fantastic, amazing football, all based on the original ‘Push and Run’ style from the 1950-51 title-winning team that Bill was part of. It was an incredible group of players.”