“I would put him up with the greats,” said Ron, member of Bill’s famous double-winning side in 1961.
“What people don’t realise is that Bill Nicholson ran the club. He did it all himself.
“If you were cleaning the toilets out he would come by, shake your hand and ask ‘everything going okay?’ He was like that.
“I would put him with the likes of Paisley, Shankly and Busby, definitely.”
Ron will be back at the Lane for Bill’s testimonial against Fiorentina on Wednesday.
Of course, Ron is one of the greats himself. He played almost 300 games for the club between 1955-65 and picked up the title in 1961, FA Cup in 1961 and 1962 and European Cup Winners Cup in 1963
“I joined Tottenham when Arthur Rowe was manager, in about 1952,” he recalled. “It feels like I’d been under about 14 managers when I was there but he was the best, certainly.
“He looked after players how they should be looked after.
“He did everything and if you had any problems, you went to him with them. If anything happened you had to report to him and he would tell you what he thought of you. It worked both ways.”
Ron said that respect was the name of the game.
“I would respect Bill Nicholson right down to the hill. And the rest of the players would,” he declared.
“We didn’t play for money, there wasn’t any, we played for five pounds a week. We played for the badge. We all respected Bill, what he said went.
“He was a very good coach. We went away on tours but there were no big parties.
If Bill said you had to be in at ten o’clock, you had to be in at ten o’clock. We respected that.
“We won our games and he was part of us. When he walked across that car park in the morning you knew you were in for a tough time. He was dedicated to training and coaching. A very good coach. I would put him up with the greats in management.”
Ron Henry doesn’t hesitate when asked about Bill Nicholson’s place in British football management.