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The words of Bill Nicholson

Posted on 23 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).

An echo of glory … great words from the great man...


"It's been my life, Tottenham Hotspur, and I love the club."


"Spurs have got to be the best in the land, not the second best."


"I always said that it was an honour to serve Tottenham Hotspur and I feel the same every time I walk back into the stadium."


"We must always consider our supporters, for without them there would be no professional football. It would be better to have more fans watching football the way they like it played, rather than have a few fans watching football the way we would like it played."


"When it is played at its best football remains the greatest game of all. And Tottenham, so close to my heart, is still to me the greatest club."


"Any player coming to Spurs whether he's a big signing or just a ground staff boy must be dedicated to the game and to the club. He must be prepared to work at his game. He must never be satisfied with his last performance, and he must hate losing."


"The public can't be kidded. They know what they want to see, what is good and what is bad and what is just average. At least I believe they do."


"It's no use just winning, we've got to win well."


"...intelligence doesn't make you a good footballer. Oxford and Cambridge would have
the best sides if that were true. It's a football brain that matters and that doesn't usually go with an academic brain. In fact I prefer it when it doesn't. I prefer players not to be too good or clever at other things. It means they concentrate on football."


“If you don't win anything, you have had a bad season."


“The man without the ball dictates the play.”


“If a player’s not interfering with play, he shouldn’t be out there.”


"If you don't have to drag yourself off the field exhausted after 90 minutes, you can't claim to have done your best."


“If a player wants to watch the ball he should be charged admission.”


"It is better to fail aiming high than to succeed aiming low. And we of Spurs have set our sights very high, so high in fact that even failure will have in it an echo of glory."