A London Youth representative, Bill signed the midfielder in November 1965 and he progressed through the junior and reserve ranks at the Lane to make over 400 appearances for us in a career that spanned from 1969-1980.
A UEFA Cup and League Cup winner, John also spent time as reserve team coach between 1983-86.
"My immediate memories of Bill are probably the last time he dropped me!" joked John.
"He left me out a lot of times but he also picked me a number of times and the man had honesty and a love for this club.
"I'll always be eternally grateful to him because I could be sitting in an import and export business but he gave me the good fortune to come here and play with so many great players and with such a great club."
Long-serving John Pratt says he'll be 'eternally grateful' to Bill Nicholson.