Continuing our series featuring some of the many highlights of the epic Tottenham Hotspur Opus - the biggest and best book ever written and produced about the Club.
15 - Across the Lines - Pat Jennings
Legendary goalkeeper Pat Jennings talks in-depth in the Opus about the rivalry between Spurs and Arsenal - a rivalry he knows better than most having played for both clubs...
Bill Nicholson was your manager for 10 years. Did he treat the derbies as just another game with precious league points on offer, or did he relish them as much as the supporters and players?
Pat Jennings: "Under Bill Nick, if we didn't win another game the whole year, those were the two games that we had to win. He lived close to White Hart Lane and he lived and breathed the club and the team. He had nowhere to escape to, so the derby result meant that much to him.
"You could go to White Hart Lane on a Sunday night and Bill would still be at the ground at 10 o'clock. His light would be on in his office in the corner. He spent his life at the ground and in the wider community, so he knew better than most what was expected.
"He was definitely more nervous before the derby games. You could see it in his behaviour and that made us players more nervous as well, because we knew what he was thinking. Everywhere you went, the shadow of the derby went with you. Bill was constantly striving to win the league again after 1961, but nothing and nobody else mattered to him when the Arsenal game was coming up."
Pat Jennings is featured in conversation over four pages in the ‘The Derby' section of the Opus.
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