Bill returns home
Wed 10 January 2018, 10:00|Tottenham Hotspur
The spirit of Bill Nicholson lives on with Spurs while we move into an exciting stage in our development as the world-renowned club that he did so much to establish.
Our legendary former manager and player sadly died on October 23, 2004. His ashes – plus those of his beloved wife Darkie – were buried under the White Hart Lane pitch that meant so much to him and then – with the family’s blessing – respectfully transferred into safe keeping on a vantage point overlooking the site as the demolition of the old stadium approached.
Now Bill and Darkie’s caskets have been re-interred at a specially-selected location below where the new pitch will overlap the old. This was preceded by a private ceremony attended by the couple’s immediate family.
Bill’s daughter Jean is delighted that her father has “returned home,” and that her parents remain together.
"My sister Linda and I are so grateful for the respect and affection that everyone at the club continues to show towards our father", said Jean. "There is no more fitting memorial than for him to rest below the new pitch, and having Mum by his side makes it even more special.
"Dad's dream was always for his beloved Spurs to be the best in the world and it is clear that this new stadium project is a giant step towards that aspiration. We are proud that Dad played a major role in developing the club's history and that his contribution is being remembered in this way.
"We're sure Dad would have enjoyed watching the current team play, in the way that he always advocated. The fact that the Spurs are taking him with them into the future means so much to us all.”
Above: Bill Nicholson with the League Cup in 1973.