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The perfectionist

Posted on 28 October 2004  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Phil Beal will always remember Bill Nicholson as the absolute perfectionist.

"Everything had to be done to perfection," said Phil, who played the majority of his 400-plus games for us under Bill's management.


"He would always say to do it right or not at all.


"When we used to play in Europe he would hand out a dosier so we would know exactly what the opposition's strengths and weaknesses were and he would tell us to take them to bed and read them."


It clearly worked when you look at the great man's record in Europe - European Cup semi-finalists in 1962, thefirst British team to claim a European trophy by lifting the Cup Winners Cup winners in 1963, UEFA Cup winners in 1972 and finalists in 1974.


Phil actually joined the club in 1960 and was a youngster in the ranks when we won the double in 1961.


Despite his age though, Bill showed full trust in him. "I was one of the first youngsters to come into Tottenham at that time," recalled Phil.


"Bill brought me in when I was 15, signed me professional at 17 and at 18 he put me in the first team to take the place of Danny Blanchflower. He was a good judge of player!"