Our legendary former manager and current Club President Bill Nicholson has been presented with The National Football Museum Hall of Fame Award.
Just weeks after being the first person to be inducted into our own Hall of Fame at a tribute dinner held at Whites, Bill will now take his place at The National Football Museum's equivalent.
The Museum launched its annual Hall of Fame at a star-studded Gala Charity Dinner in December, 2002.
Those who have attended the yearly awards to date have included the likes of Sir Bobby Robson, Sir Tom Finney, Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Bobby Charlton, John Charles, Nat Lofthouse, Bryan Robson, Dave Mackay, Denis Law, Johnny Haynes, and Kenny Dalglish, and close family of the late, great Sir Matt Busby, Sir Stanley Matthews, Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Dixie Dean, Peter Doherty and Duncan Edwards.
Mark Bushell from the Museum said about Bill's induction: "We believed that a football 'Hall of Fame' was long overdue. Many of English football's great characters never had their outstanding contributions to the game recognised during their lifetime.
"Unfortunately, Mr Nicholson was unavailable to attend our event in November but we promised him that we would present his award at an appropriate place and what better place than in front of 36,000 fans at White Hart Lane!
"What a record Bill has," Mark continued. "It wasn't just the Double in 1961 that impressed our selection panel it was the ground breaking European success, whilst domestically he produced a number of great sides that won the club a huge amount of trophies. You have to marvel at his dedication and tremendous hard work. He truly deserves to be recognised in this way."
And what a select panel it was. Over 20 of the games greatest names including Sir Bobby Robson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Tom Finney, Brian Clough, Gordon Banks, Jimmy Hill and Mark Lawrenson decided who should be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Through a charity auction, the Museum is now also giving fans the opportunity to be associated with the Tottenham hero of their choice during 2004. The highest bidder, for each Spurs Hall of Fame Inductee, will have their name inscribed on a plaque beneath their chosen player's portrait in the Museum's Hall of Fame gallery.
The names of successful bidders will not only be seen by the many thousands of visitors to the Museum's exhibitions, those that read the National Football Museum Hall of Fame programme at the 2004 awards but also a global audience of millions, as they will be posted on the Museum website.
Mark Bushell was keen to stress the importance of the support.
"The Hall of Fame event not only recognises the lasting contributions made to the English game by outstanding players and managers but also provides a much needed income stream for the Museum. As a registered charity this revenue will allow us to continue to save football's heritage. The auction is open to businesses as well as individuals."
To launch the scheme, our fans will get the chance to be seen alongside the following legends: Danny Blanchflower, Paul Gascoigne, Jimmy Greaves, Pat Jennings, Gary Lineker and now of course Bill Nicholson.
The auction of the Hall of Fame panel is sure to generate a bidding frenzy as fans attempt to be recognised alongside one of their all time heroes. Simply send your bid*, along with your name, address and contact details to:
FAX: 01772 908400
Post: The National Football Museum, Deepdale, Sir Tom Finney Way, Preston, PR1 6RU
For more information on the Hall of Fame visit www.nationalfootballmuseum.com
*PLEASE NOTE BIDDING STARTS AT £100 per Hall of Fame Inductee. Closing date for bids is 12 noon on Friday, May 28, 2004.