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Bill Nicholson - 'Mr Tottenham' - never forgotten...

26 January 2018|Tottenham Hotspur

Our greatest-ever manager and 'Mr Tottenham', Bill Nicholson, would have celebrated his 99th birthday today.

Born on 26 January, 1919, Bill arrived at White Hart Lane as a member of our groundstaff in 1936 and served as player, coach and manager for the next 38 years. He sadly passed away on 23 October, 2004. He was 85.

Below: Spurs TV special - a tribute to Bill

 


A tough-tackling half-back, Bill helped us win back-to-back titles in 1949-50 and 1950-51 - the Division Two title followed by our first Division One championship - under manager Arthur Rowe and his renowned 'push and run' style. Bill played 341 times for us between 1938-54.

He took over as manager in 1958 and put together our greatest-ever team, the FA Cup and Division One title double-winners of 1960-61. Trophies followed in the 'glory, glory years' with the FA Cup retained in 1962 and then more history as we became the first British club to win a European trophy, the Cup Winners' Cup landed in 1963.

Below: Words of wisdom from Bill

 


We lifted the FA Cup again in 1967, the League Cup in 1971 and 1973 and the UEFA Cup in 1972 - all under Bill's leadership.

During that time, Bill signed some of the greatest players to pull on our famous white shirt - the likes of Dave Mackay, John White, Jimmy Greaves, Alan Mullery, Pat Jennings, Alan Gilzean, Steve Perryman, Martin Peters and Martin Chivers all snapped up by the great man.

His legacy lives on - and will never leave us.

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The Bill Nicholson Years - 1936-54
The Bill Nicholson Years - 1954-60
The Bill Nicholson Years - 1960-74
The Bill Nicholson Years - 1974-2004